SOUTH AFRICA: Celebrating the centenary of Nelson Mandela and in support of the Elders’ #WalkTogetherCampaign, the first ever global showcase for women in the event production industry saw interconnected events laid on in South Africa, India, UK, Guinea and Brazil. Supported by the Gearhouse Group’s Splitbeam arm, the Johannesburg #WomenWalkTogether event required lighting and audio equipment to bolster the Market Theatre Complex’s, Barney Simon Theatre’s existing setup, as well as supplying an LED screen and A/V Equipment to the market nearby. The equipment was all operated by women from the Gearhouse Academy and SARA (South Africa Roadies Association).
In mid-October 2017, South African audiences enjoyed the return of the musical production of Evita – seen for the first time on South African stages since the 1980s, and supported by an extensive lighting rig.
After its premiere at the Montecasino Teatro in Johannesburg, South Africa the production hit Cape Town’s Artscape Theatre, before embarking on an Asian tour. An extensive lighting rig and PA system recreated the imagery and feel of the original, coupled with projection and automated scenery to enhance the iconic Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s story.
Calling Me Home is an epic theatrical piece which ran from 17 August until the 3rd September 2017 on The Mandela Stage at Joburg Theatre.
The show and score were written by South African based composer and producer Alice Gillham and bringing the musical to life was Director Magdalene Minnaar. The Technical Director for the production was technical rental suppler, Gearhouse Splitbeam’s own Alistair Kilbee. Marcel Wijnberger was given the task of system design to realise the Animation Designers dreams for the video content.
To cater for top-notch theatre productions Priscilla Queen of the Desert (South Africa and Hong Kong Season), The Sound of Music (Asian tour 2017/18) and Evita (South African and Asian Tour 2017/18), South African based Gearhouse Splitbeam, a theatre equipment rental company, has invested in 90 additional Prolyft motors and six controllers supplied by DWR Distribution. Alistair Kilbee, Managing Director of Splitbeam elaborates on his experience with the brand and why he went this route.
Tim Mitchell on lighting King Kong at the Fugard Theatre, 2017
Gearhouse Splitbeam specialises in long term equipment rental for theatrical productions in South Africa. The company will be providing lighting fixtures for the much-anticipated restaging of one South Africa’s most significant, influential and iconic pieces, the “all African jazz opera”, King Kong, at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town in July.
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