Diary: Association of British Theatre Technicans Show

This year’s ABTT (Association of British Theatre Technicians) Show will have everything for staging a production, from the brightest lighting effects to stage machinery, seating and flooring.


Among the leading companies that will be exhibiting are White Light, Stand Lighting Europe, Electronic Theatre Controls, Stage Electrics and Hoist UK. Joining these stalwart supporters of the show are several newcomers, including Rigging Projects, a specialist in rope, cord and twine, French LED lighting and digital signage company Naotek, light and sound equipment supplier Terralec and LSC Lighting Systems. The Australian lighting console and dimmer manufacturer will be showing a full range of products, including the Redback 12 and RDM DMX splitters.

LSC will be sharing a stand with White Light, which was recently named as approved supplier to the Natural History Museum and published a Green Guide, featuring advice on how to light shows while doing as little harm to the environment as possible. During the show White Light will display the Fusion 672 LED lighting effect.

Lighting control developer Zero 88 will be exhibiting its new theatrical console, the ORB, along with the Jester TLXtra, the newest member of the Jester family, and Version 2 of the LightFactory PC-based software program.

LED technology has made a great impact on the theatre and presentation sectors in the last few years and Stage Electrics will show its LED screens, alongside the new QMAXZ moving lights and Prolyte truss. Stage Electrics represents Arri and will have its Fresnels on the stand, plus the SPLNet sound monitoring system and Altair intercom.

The ABTT Show is a showcase for education and training installations, as shown by AC Lighting recently supplied a lighting rig to the Cass Business School, a department of City University based in Moorgate. The college’s auditorium is used for lectures and lessons and now features Spotlight Mini Series lamps, MiniFresnel luminaires and 18 RGB LED battens.


Black Cat Music supplies music stands, lights, ergonomic chairs, risers and other staging gear to the education and performance markets and will have its new catalogue available during the exhibition. The company also offers noise control expertise through its Acoustics division.

On the mechanical side of things Doughty Engineering will introduce off-the-shelf and custom-built fabricated facility panels, which are designed to complement its Internally Wired Bar and Cord Patch products. Hoist UK will launch the Grid Stand, a portable grid mounted aluminium frame conforming to BS8118 that can be configured as either an adjustable single hang point or two additional shackle points. Hoist UK is now European distributor for JR Clancy theatre winches and equipment and will show the full range of products, including the PowerLift and PowerAssist.

The ABTT Theatre Show takes place at London's Royal Horticultural Halls, June 10-11th 2009. Pre-register for free at http://www.abtt.org.uk/theatreshow/


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