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PLASA Show to deliver new programme of industry seminars and practical training

by Joe Gallop

PLASA Show, organised by the Professional Lighting and Sound Association, is set to go ahead from 5-7 September at Olympia London.

Here is a quick glance at its programme of industry seminars and training sessions, which is sponsored by software development company Vectorworks.

The programme is set to deliver content on the future of live production, immersive product experiences and practical training. More seminars are to be announced in the coming weeks.

Vectorworks sessions

Vectorworks is delivering two technical sessions based on its software products, firstly looking at Concert Design and Pre-visualisation with Vectorworks Spotlight and MVR Export, which follows a complete concert design workflow, from creating detailed drawings and rigging plots to exporting a fully functioning pre-visualisation model. Its second session, Schematic and Rack Layout Design in Vectorworks ConnectCAD, details the complete schematic workflow from creation of signal flow diagrams to designing rack layouts with ConnectCAD.

Standards and safety

In addition to the Theatre Show Hub, the Association Of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) will be running a session on its Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment. More sessions on the topic of safety come from chartered engineer James Eade who will detail electrical safety changes for 2022 and an expert panel discussing Health & Safety Essentials.

A look at lighting

Lighting manufacturer ETC is hosting two sessions, one comparing moving lights and how to intepret specification sheets, and the other asking how, and why, to use multi-emitter LEDs. Dan Murfin from the National Theatre will talk about how to incorporate ETC’s 3D programming environment, Augment3d into a workflow. Training will come from ChamSys and CHAUVET Professional who will be hosting practical training on their newest consoles and fixtures, including the ChamSys Stadium console and CHAUVET’s Ovation Reve E3. There will also be an industry panel hosted by PLASA detailing the latest developments on EcoDesign, the new regulation for stage lighting.

Immersive audio

Addressing audio, the d&b Soundscape Theatre hosted by d&b audiotechnik will run throughout all three days. This new feature will invite visitors to immerse themselves in soundscape demonstrations and seminars. Additionally, audio manufacturers will host live audio demonstrations in controlled environments, allowing visitors to hear what major sound systems are capable of. This includes RCF Audio which will be demonstrating its NX 9 Series, the new standard in portable sound, as well as KV2 Audio.

The future of live entertainment

Looking to the future of live productions, Carol Scott from TAIT will deliver a keynote talk on how the live sector can become a sustainable industry; Tom Harper and Robin Elias from Unusual Rigging will look at the evolution of rigging; and lighting visualiser James Simpson will unpack the most popular entries from his LSi column, Future Tech. Finally, an informal session on apprenticeships will take place on the last morning of the show, led by employers with existing apprenticeship schemes and forward-thinking educational institutes.

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