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2024-02-24 07:30
The use of sound effects in theatre has evolved dramatically from the early 20th century to the present day, shaping the way audiences experience live performances. What began as simple, rud… Read More
Vale – Frank Castel
2024-01-24 12:51
I was saddened to hear of the passing of a friend and a great audio guy, A good friend and an excellent sound engineer. I met him at high school. At the time he was playing bass guit… Read More
2024-01-06 03:30
Lighting design in theatre, dance, and opera plays a crucial role in enhancing the mood, atmosphere, and storytelling of a performance. It involves the creative and technical process of usin… Read More
2023-12-08 15:00
Richard Pilbrow, a pioneering lighting designer and theatre consultant, passed away on December 6, 2023, at the age of 90 after a brief battle with cancer. Pilbrow’s impactful career b… Read More
2023-10-22 23:21
Lighting Designers that are starting out may not know that there are potholes they can get caught in. Let this article give you a better understanding of what the world of lighting designers… Read More
2023-03-18 10:58
Well, the Adelaide Fringe is approaching at a rapid rate. But a couple of things have come to my attention, one being venues that have no technical resources. This is a worrying trend. Surel… Read More
2023-01-19 15:50
Normally at this time of the year I am finishing the lighting designs and arranging staff for the Adelaide Fringe at one of Adelaide’s well-known theatres, the Bakehouse. Well, this ye… Read More
2022-12-02 05:40
Well after COVID and one of the main venues I work at has been closed permanently, I fell in a sort of funk. Theatre went to the back, and I struggled with trying to get back into the stream… Read More
Eventec Acquires LSW
2022-06-09 04:39
As of today June 09, 2022 Eventec has acquired LSW. The LSW trading name and its brands and distribution rights has been acquired by Eventec. They are currently in a transitioning phase and… Read More
2022-06-03 00:32
Well, it seems that with COVID being around so long, that theatre has turned to streaming of their productions. People sit in their homes in their pajama’s watching the latest producti… Read More
Launch Of ETC’s Eos Apex Consoles
2022-03-02 07:45
I got up sort of early to watch the launch of the newest member of the EOS family from ETC. These new consoles are the flagship of the EOS range. The did arouse the feeling of console envy… Read More
2021-09-14 07:44
2021-06-11 07:24
How many years have mobile phones been around? How many years have we been telling audiences to either turn them off or onto silence ot of respect to others. Yet the same thing keeps happeni… Read More
2021-01-09 02:32
As the local arts festivals get closer and companies are busy rehearsing their productions, the “would you work for free” rears its ugly head. We see this every year; the cast is… Read More
2020-10-25 09:50
So the Adelaide Fringe next year will look a lot different. A lot fewer acts, about 800 it seems compared to the usual 1100. This could mean more audience to see them, they won’t be sp… Read More
2020-09-17 16:50
As an audience, we sit there immersed in the show, and the sound washes over us. The audio seems so perfect we don’t really notice it, as good audio should be. Why is the audio so… Read More
2020-09-17 10:16
In South Australia, we are seeing the return of theatre. But only the state-run theatre company at a state-funded venue. It seems no other venue is really open, and there are no stage produc… Read More
2020-09-01 22:47
Feels comfortable like slippers, but also has that nice new car feel. The “refurbished” theatre is a nice space. It feels like a new theatre but still hangs onto its atmosphere… Read More
2020-07-22 01:55
Martin ELP LED ellipsoidal fixtures deliver the luminance, brightness and vivid color rendering that have been synonymous with the Martin name for more than 30 years. Martin ELP WW IP offers… Read More
2020-07-21 05:56
Coming Soon! MagicQ MQ500M Stadium console gives designers and programmers greater flexibility at the highest level of show control, incorporating a robust array of software features that su… Read More
Stars, Shadows And Sunrises
2020-07-12 12:36
A director’s musing on lighting By Matthew Chapman It was back in 2012, between university degrees and ready to take on the world, that I first set foot inside a professional the… Read More
MagicQ MQ50 Compact Console
2020-07-04 07:28
From Chamsys we have another lighting console in the Magic Q console range. They have recently released the MagicQ MQ50 Compact. This is MagicQ MQ50 is part of the new generation of com… Read More
2020-07-02 14:22
Excited to announce that I will have a few guest writers that are putting together some neat articles on the importance of the technical elements within a production. Everybody from director… Read More
Documenting Your Design: Lighting
2020-06-19 12:23
As a lighting designer, we need to make sure our lighting design is fully documented. We need to make sure all paperwork is always up to date. This is useful for troubleshooting, touring of… Read More
LSC Lighting News
2020-06-08 12:40
Covid-19  has affected every company in the world one way or another and LSC Lighting is no different. Many of the impacts of the pandemic are still to be felt but like many other organ… Read More
Book Club For Theatre Folk
2020-05-24 13:08
Well with so much downtime, I have decided to revisit my library. I have a fairly good range of books. So, I have decided to re-read some of these books and revisit some of the knowledge I l… Read More
2020-05-02 04:03
Please assist the wonderful folk at SupportAct. They exist to help all people in the entertainment industry. The video is by the John Foreman’s Aussie Pops Orchestra is indictive of ho… Read More
2020-04-30 02:58
So how are you coping? What measures have you taken to get through these tough times? In these times it is important that we look after our physical and mental wellbeing. We need to look wit… Read More
Treasure Island By The National Theatre
2020-04-26 03:57
A tech review by Stephen Dean (not experienced at reviewing) I have heard about the National Theatre doing broadcasts of some of their productions, but this is the first time I have actua… Read More
2020-04-24 03:40
We at Rambling are pleased to announce that the occasional article will now appear in TheatreArtLife. We are very happy to have articles published at TheatreArt Life, this will also increase… Read More
Nuts And Bolts Workshop (Australia)
2020-04-20 13:08
Hi fellow theatre folk. As we are all in the same boat with the virus, I would thought I would offer some online workshops to help others get skills and for me to also learn from others. The… Read More
2020-04-09 07:23
We all must have theatre gripes, those things that are annoying but sometimes we do not have enough time to solve them. Or some things that cast or directors do, that don’t seem to mak… Read More
2020-04-08 04:50
Well, we have survived the first few weeks. But I imagine we are all thinking, surely it will improve sooner rather than later. I have a feeling the virus is going to be a problem for a lot… Read More
2020-03-25 15:54
With Corona virus shutting all venues down and technicians etc becoming unemployed, we need to keep our skills levels up. Not only to keep us occupied but in readiness for when the venues sl… Read More
2020-03-22 23:29
Saw this little article in the job section of our local paper, one of the Murdoch gutter papers. Now we in the industry probably know one or two sound designers. But are they earning a… Read More
2020-03-13 06:09
Well, we are all aware of COVID – 19, and the effect it is having on the world and more importantly the effect on the general population. But we also must realise that it is having a m… Read More
2020-03-12 05:33
Again Adelaide has been graced with the traveling tech roadshow. This has become a regular feature on the entertainment technicians’ calendar. This is a chance to network and also to… Read More
2020-03-03 11:06
Well, it is Fringe time.  The time of little sleep and trying to keep 3 or 4 shows in your head at one time. Just remembering all of their names can be a problem, especially if they are… Read More
2020-02-20 09:01
I am sure we all have had a show that has had a few problems on the night. Lights stop working, an audio track does not play, the curtain gets stuck. Have we as technicians got a plan B, or… Read More
2019-10-16 01:57
For the next 3 years, we will see the NW Group be the production partner for WOMADdelaide. So 2020, 2021 and 2022 will see the technical expertise of the NW Group on one of Australia’s… Read More
2019-09-12 11:55
Well, it is that day again. It is rather sad in a way that we need a day to ask people, R U OK. We should be asking this question every day. We need to constantly make sure our work coll… Read More
Bleak Dot 2 News
2019-09-07 04:16
It seems that the future for the Dot 2 is bleak. MA Lighting has ceased production of this model due to the fact that one of the critical components is no longer available. The key component… Read More
2019-09-05 09:06
This is a thought that often crosses my mind. Should venues have a standard lighting rig, and then clients have to work with that basic design and then add only a few specials to create thei… Read More
Capture 2019 – What Is New?
2019-07-31 11:48
For Capture 2019 we have focused on the lighting designer’s workflow. All user interface elements now remember their state – current selection, column widths and sorting. Wind… Read More
2019-07-26 01:56
Our industry is moving along at a reasonable pace. There is new equipment, software etc that is coming out at regular intervals. The trick is finding the time to actually suss it out. We nee… Read More
2019-04-08 00:07
So, you want to help on a show? You want to help backstage on the crew with props etc. So before learning the skills required, we need to look at some essentials so that do not stand out. We… Read More
2019-03-08 02:20
Well this problem is making noise yet again. The sound of the phone ringing during a show. The audience has been asked by the Front of House staff to make sure their phones are off or at lea… Read More
2019-02-25 07:17
They sit quietly in the audience with a stub of pencil making notes on the back of an electricity bill envelope or a small notepad if they get paid. That is the image most people think of wi… Read More
Eventec Has Some Exciting News To Share
2019-01-29 14:17
Eventec have been appointed the exclusive Australian distributor for Antari Lighting and Effects. They already stock a vast range of Antari products and will now be stocking almost every mod… Read More
2018-11-01 12:01
What should you expect from your production manager and stage manager. For those new to the industry you are often confused by the various roles and what they should be doing. So let us expl… Read More
2018-10-17 06:18
I received this book awhile ago from Focal Press, Taylor & Francis Group. It is written by Lynne Porter, who is the Resident Designer and Director of the theatre program at Fairfield Uni… Read More
Defend Our Opera House
2018-10-09 14:11
The Iconic Opera HouseRacing NSW has gone beyond the pale with the concept of projecting images on the sails of the Sydney Opera House. These projections are just advertising. It is the barr… Read More
2018-06-28 06:21
One of the most useful skills in the entertainment industry is the ability to roll cables correctly. None of this over elbow/shoulder stuff that you may have picked up from your parents. If… Read More
2018-06-24 14:54
I turn to set up and tech a brass band concert on a Saturday at a local council venue. I have unlocked the space and set up some gear in readiness. They seem to be late in arriving. After wa… Read More
2018-06-23 09:01
Having a drama teacher asking for the light to stop behind the performer as they moved around the stage. It took awhile to explain the law of physics and photons and lights waves worked. Sti… Read More
2018-04-04 08:46
Learn your equipment. Get familiar with the equipment you are going to be using. See how to change the bulb, zoom the lens and how to focus. Get familiar where the controls are on the lanter… Read More
2018-03-17 04:46
Recently had an overseas client that must have super-fast internet speeds. They relied on a cloud service to provide their backing tracks for their fringe show. In my mind this fraught with… Read More
That Time Of The Year -unsung Heroes
2018-02-05 16:27
Adelaide has become a hive of activity. It is that crazy period where several major events happen. We have the Fringe Festival, Adelaide Festival of Arts, a major car race with associated co… Read More
Starting Out – Tip 2
2018-01-25 05:04
A lot of venues, especially school based, have a standard lighting rig installed. The beauty of this is that you can turn on some nicely focused lighting for simple shows and presentations… Read More
2018-01-18 08:56
LIGHTING Remember back to when you started out in technical theatre. How did you learn about the ins and out of the backstage magic. Often an old hand was around to show us the ropes, and it… Read More
Organised Chaos – The Bump In
2018-01-09 13:51
Bump in day has arrived. So how smoothly it runs depends on how you plan it. You don’t want it to take longer than necessary as you do have an important deadline. Opening night is wha… Read More

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