Coffee Shop Musing – what would be nice as a visiting tech

As a visiting lighting designer and technician, there are s few things that would be wonderful to find or have. To start a plan of the venue would be a great starting place. Preferably with lighting positions and also an elevation plan as well. It helps if it is to scale.

Another useful thing is a complete equipment list of the working equipment. Also nice to have lamps for the lanterns. Never very nice finding a whole load of gear that does not work, especially if it is rigged and not working. An up to date patching chart would also be a great help as well.

The equipment should be in a good serviceable state, and clean lenses make a huge difference. It is amazing how little light comes out of a dirty lantern. Simple maintenance makes it all work better. Plus then the shutters, colour frames etc all work as expected.

It is amazing how many little things can slow down the production process, especially when you are on a tight schedule, in a foreign city and don’t know where to get bits and pieces from. If the venue has everything neatly stored and in place with a reasonable collection of spare lamps etc, it will make the visiting companies time there very pleasant. They will then say nice things about your space.


Eventec is proud to announce the exclusive distribution of PR Lighting for Australia!

The addition of PR Lighting as an established professional lighting brand with a rich history and highly innovative products is an exciting milestone for Eventec.

Our team is excited to distribute PR’s range, which will complement our current offerings from Event Lighting, Event Pixels, Antari and DGX.

Sasha Xiong, Deputy General Manager of PR Lighting is “..thrilled to have Eventec as our exclusive distributor in Australia. Emanuel Maniatis is an old friend of PR Lighting. His extensive knowledge about our products, the industry and the market trends makes this an ideal partnership. I believe Eventec’s offerings of high quality service and support will take PR to another level and benefit all our customers in Australia.”

Eventec is currently expecting a variety of demonstration units that will be arriving in Australia in the coming weeks.

About PR Lighting
Founded in 1984, PR Lighting Ltd., is China’s market leader for professional lighting solutions in architectural, entertainment and commercial use. Its products have been featured in many major international world tours, concerts and events – covering more than 60 countries including Europe, North & South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

About Eventec
Eventec is an Australian wholesale distributor, the exclusive distributor of Event Lighting and Event Lighting Lite. The company also distributes Antari Fog Machines, one of the most highly distinguished brands within the effect machine industry. Event Pixels, also established under the Eventec brand, provides LED Screens, unique DJ booths and custom LED displays. Eventec strive on providing quality, featured packed and reliable products alongside exceptional customer service. Proudly Australian owned and operated, the company combines extensive research and development with a vast degree of hands-on industry experience to deliver high quality innovative solutions within the industry.

Coffeeshop Musing – Crewing a show

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. Well the first thing to think about it what to wear. Black is the correct outfit if you are appearing on stage moving props and set even during an interval or blackout. Another skill is not to speak loudly in the wings etc whilst the show is happening. Use a torch not your phone if needed, preferably with a bit of blue gel on the front. Rehearse all the crew actions, get it nice and slick whilst moving stuff on and off stage. If it runs smoothly and slickly the audience will accept it, even when done in full view. Likewise, don’t be seen by the audience peeking out at that them to see who has arrived. Also do not say hello to friends in the audience as you change the set or props, just get on with your tasks. The cast is relying on you to get everything in the right place every night. If you get distracted and do something differently you are going to possibly put the cast offside. These basic things are important, and you need to know them before you start to learn a whole range of tasks that are important for the tech side of the show. Recently I have seen transgressions of these simple ideas, it can be as exasperating. Nearly as bad as the audience using phones during a show.

The Mobile Phone Monster

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 least on silent. Yet often we see someone scrambling through handbags and jackets pockets to silence the ring. All under the glare of fellow audience members and the cast and crew. Then they don’t put it on silent, they just reject that call. Had one the other night that rejected a call. A minute or so later it went of again, with the phone announcing to to the audience that “Sarah had left a message”.

Do we need to treat the audience like school children and ask them to put their phones into a bag at the beginning of a show, and they then can pick them up afterwards.

Surely after all of these years, and multitude of stories about phones ringing in cinemas and theatres, people would get the message. It also seems the older folk within the audience that are the worst offenders. It seems the teens and young adults have the message, but once they are over 35 they think this common courtesy does not apply to them. It nearly as bad as the continue to chatter as houselights go down and the first lighting cue comes up.

Maybe we need to publicly shame them on Facebook. A list shared throughout the land, to humiliate them in front of their children. so what should we do? Pain is not an option.

Showtools International expands offering with the acquisition of The Lighting Collective

Showtools International expands offering with the acquisition of The Lighting Collective

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Showtools International Pty Ltd (“Showtools”, “Company”), leading Australian distributor and wholesaler of some of the world’s foremost professional lighting, staging and truss brands, has entered into an agreement to acquire The Lighting Collective (“TLC”).

TLC is an Australian based distributor and manufacturer of leading entertainment lighting and lighting console brands, some of which include GLP, Minuit Une, Portman, Smoke Factory, LED Blade, ApeLabs, Axalight, Spotrack, Light Shark and Avolites in addition to their very own TourPro brand, just to name a few.

As part of this acquisition, Showtools will take on the exclusive distributorship of TLC’s existing brands adding to the company’s current portfolio that includes Chauvet Professional, Eurotruss, Nivtec, Iluminarc, Doughty, Amphenol, ProCon, Stagetools and ShowCase.

TLC’s Managing Director, Dave Taylor and the TLC team will also bring their extensive professional experience, knowledge and expertise as both lighting distributors, designers and technicians to Showtools. As a result, Showtools will also be expanding their sales support network into Queensland, Victoria and Western Australian in addition to New South Wales. Led by Head of Sales and Business Development, Eli Malka, this committed team will drive to expand Showtools’ leading position within the professional entertainment lighting market, whilst maintaining the company’s unrivalled dedication to outstanding customer service.

“With a strong focus on growth and expansion, Showtools is also proud to add an exciting and inspiring collection of internationally leading lighting and lighting console brands to complement our existing offering. This, together with our expanded support network in NSW, QLD, VIC and WA, will present a more comprehensive and diverse offering to both new and existing clientele.” explained Robert Runko, Managing Director of Showtools International.

“We are also thrilled to welcome Dave Taylor to the Showtools team where his wealth of experience and skills will undoubtably be of great value to the company.”

For more information, contact Showtools International on 02 9824 2382 or email


Showtools International is one of Australia’s leading suppliers of lighting, staging, trussing, road cases and associated accessories. They are the exclusive Australian distributors of an array of world-leading professional production brands including Chauvet Professional, Eurotruss, Nivtec, Iluminarc, Doughty, Amphenol, Procon, Stagetools and ShowCase. With over twenty years of knowledge and experience in the industry, combined with a proud focus on performance and quality, the team at Showtools are passionately dedicated to providing high quality products at an unparalleled value to help deliver upon any desired client vision or goal.

The Humble Reviewer

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 with reviewers in mind. These days it does not seem so. They often arrive with their smartphone in hand glowing in the darkness of the venue making notes in the an app. You can often pick them out by glow of a small screen on their intent little faces. Often they are mistaken for naughty audience members. But is this fair on the audience sat around them? Recently I have seen this a few times during the Fringe season. Surely a few pencilled notes on the back of the program should keep things fresh until the show is over. They could write up more extensive notes in the foyer or sitting waiting for the number 9 bus.  Recently I have also noticed the odd reviewer doze off in the audience, and also drop things loudly on the floor, that woke me up. Also it seems that there is often not enough reviewers to go around during the busy season, so they get in a real estate copy writer or a sports jock to review a production. Can make interesting reading.

Yet there other reviewers who do the right thing, if only the newer breed would follow in their footsteps and understand the role of a reviewer.

Eventec has some exciting news to share

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 model manufactured by Antari Fog Machine very soon.

We look forward to seeing the complete range of Antari machines in Australia soon.