May to August
The Bacon Theatre team are raring to go with a new summer line-up, running from May till August 2016. Audiences can expect fantastic live music, event cinema and outdoor theatre to fill their social calendars.
The National Theatre Live screenings continue, broadcast live in stunning High Definition and 5.1… Surround Sound. With two favourites returning for encore screenings: A View from the Bridge [12A] an Olivier Award winner broadcast from the Young Vic and The Audience [12A] starring Helen Mirren at Queen Elizabeth II. There is also time to squeeze in a live broadcast from the RSC with their Hamlet [12A] directed by Simon Goodwin.
Other indoor events include superb live music from Voodoo Room, Cotswold Clapton and musical entertainment with Summer Dreaming; more great films that have been hand-picked for audiences to enjoy on the big screen including Love & Mercy [12A], Brooklyn [12A] and The Danish Girl  in particular with incredible performances from Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander.
July and August bring an exciting collection of outdoor theatre events, as the picturesque Tuckwell Amphitheatre opens its gates for the annual Open-air Theatre Festival. Two weeks of energising live stage productions and quirky films under the stars include: As You Like It, Murder on the Terrace, Robin Hood, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Gulliver's Travels, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dotty the Dragon, Romeo and Juliet, Around the World in 80 Days, plus films under the stars Man Up  and Chicago [12A].
Speaking for the Bacon Theatre, Theatre Administrator Alicia Norman said: 'We are excited to be opening the doors to the Tuckwell once again, for another jam packed line-up. This year we will be debuting our vintage refreshments van, where you can treat yourself to an ice-cream, a hot chocolate or a little tipple!'
All these events are now on sale and may be bought online at www.bacontheatre.co.uk or from the Bacon Theatre ticket office on 01242 258002.
Robert Juliat was very happy with its position in the middle of the Lightpower Village in Hall 3.0 where its products attracted a constant stream of visitors for the whole duration of the show.
The array of RJ Zep LED profile and Fresnel fixtures drew much attention from theatre, event… and display technicians, as did the Merlin 2500W HMI touring spot and the 300W LED Roxie followspot, which both continue to lead the way in followspot innovation.
But perhaps the biggest scene-stealer was the Dalis LED cyclorama light which brought with it some exciting new developments to the technology that took the show by storm in 2015. In addition to the award-winning Dalis 860 Cyclight, which has been flying off the shelves since last year, Robert Juliat also unveiled a new Dalis footlight batten and a Dalis wash light.
The Dalis LED Footlight 862 is a 150W LED batten with 48 white LED sources arranged in a double row. It shares the Cyclight's exclusive patented optical system of 48 micro optical asymmetric reflectors giving an even spread of light and perfect dimming from 100% - 0%. The two rows are arranged to give long or short throw options, to give low level lighting on performers from the front to the back of the stage. Each row is controlled independently or in groups of four via DMX /RDM, Art-Net and sACN with 16-bit control.
Four small, DMX-controlled, blue LED are located between the reflectors to serve as stage edge lighting.
Dalis Footlight offers a true tunable white from 6500K to 2200K giving true (non-coloured) shadows which makes it ideal for display applications. All controls and connections are on the bottom of the fixture to maintain clean sight lines.
Silent, fanless operation makes Dalis Footlight perfect for opera houses and television studios and any sound-sensitive applications, but it is equally happy in shop windows and exhibitions where its clean lines will add a touch of class to any display.
The Dalis LED Washlight 861 takes the same technology as the original Dalis Cyclight and reconfigures into a rectangular format with 24 asymmetrical micro-reflectors and 8-colour LEDs arranged in four rows. Sharing the qualities of control, colour mixing, coverage and silent operation as Dalis Cyclight and Footlight, it is the perfect wash complement to the Dalis range.
'The new additions to the Dalis range expand the Dalis technology into a versatile, multi-functional product line that widens the design possibilities for lighting designers in many markets,' says Robert Juliat Sales Director, Claus Spreyer. 'We were very pleased with the level of attention our new products received, with the only (enjoyable!) distraction being a performance from the Dead Daisies, arranged by Lightpower's Ralph-Jörg Wezorke, as after-show entertainment! We are very happy to see people so excited by all our products and the eagerness with which the new Dalis developments were received. The show, as always, has brought about new business opportunities and continues to be the best showcase for Robert Juliat products in Europe.'
More information on all Robert Juliat products, including the new Dalis Footlight and Dalis Washlight, can be found at www.robertjuliat.com
Link to DALIS video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qyiwxMUBM4
Robert Juliat returns to Frankfurt in 2016, in a new location, where it will celebrate the show's re-imagined layout with its German distributor, Lightpower GmbH, in the Lightpower Village (Hall 3 Stand C44).
The award-winning DALIS LED cyclorama and wall wash light will be on show in all its multi-coloured glory,… and promises some exciting new developments this year. Since its introduction twelve months ago at Prolight + Sound 2015, Dalis has really taken off with demand coming from all corners of the globe.
Compact, lightweight and easy to install with a quick-rig mounting system, Dalis' 8-colour mixing LED system and 16-bit control result in an almost infinite range of repeatable colour possibilities, including true tunable white from 6500K to 2200K. Its exclusive patented optical system composed of 48 micro optical asymmetric reflectors, ensures an even spread of light, smooth colour transitions and perfect dimming from 100% - 0%. Its massive output belies its small power consumption, while silent, fanless operation makes Dalis perfect for opera houses and television studios and any sound-sensitive applications. Each 1m Dalis batten has four separately controllable sections allowing precise control of linear sections and can be mounted horizontally or vertically. Whichever way you look at it, Dalis has all the right ingredients to spice up your light!
This year's Prolight + Sound stand will demonstrate the Dalis effect in large format as 20 Dalis units are used in unison over a 8m x 7m cyclorama. New ideas will also be presented, rendering the Dalis family especially attractive to lighting designers of dance and ballet.
To see Dalis in action view our video presentation here: Spice up your light!
Robert Juliat's ZEP Family, the Zep 660 SX 300W LED profile and its Fresnel counterpart, Zep 360LF, will both be on show. The RJ Fresnel can be used as a direct replacement for traditional 1k or 2k Fresnel units but uses only 300w of long life LED power resulting in huge cost savings. Retaining all the key features of a traditional RJ fixture, the Zep family presents a genuine energy saving alternative to traditional fixtures, without the compromises.
Of course, no show would be complete without an appearance of Robert Juliat followspots, and this year Robert Juliat will present both the largest and the smallest of its range, as the 2500W HMI touring spot, Merlin, stands alongside the compact LED followspot, Roxie.
Merlin is a hot-restrike, flicker-free, 2.5k 6000k output beast with a built-in ballast that is powered from a just a single 16a connector. Designed for a tough life on the road, Merlin is built of aluminium and stainless steel for strength and anti-corrosion properties; its 4:1 optical range covers 3°-12° making it suitable for short and long throw applications. All RJ standard features are present, with the addition of separate horizontal and vertical shutters and advanced diagnostics which are accessible locally or remotely via RDM. Merlin is the perfect rental investment for concert touring.
With Roxie, it is all about efficiency. This compact marvel of efficient optics sports an Osram LED source with an output to rival a traditional 575W fixture. It is available in three colour temperatures and offers perfect beam shaping from 10.5° to 22.5°. Roxie is the ideal energy-efficient solution for all those venues where running costs need to be significantly reduced.
'Prolight + Sound is the highlight of the tradeshow calendar in Europe,' says Robert Juliat CEO, François Juliat. 'It is the ideal opportunity to gather our distributor family together, reinforce strong partnerships, and meet international end-users and all our Robert Juliat customers face to face.'
More details of all Robert Juliat products can be found at www.robertjuliat.com
Link to DALIS video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qyiwxMUBM4
As Birmingham prepares to decant en masse to the Cheltenham Festival next week, soon-to-be-crowned Champion Jockey Richard Johnson has offered punters his top tips.
And he should know given he is one of a select few to have won the Big Four - the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, World Hurdle and… Gold Cup.
Eventmasters' horse racing ambassador - the sports hospitality agency is hosting thousands of race goers across a range of facilities and has sold out all four days at its premier Silks @ Frontrunners offer - he pledged: 'The Gold Cup for me is the best race of the week and it is the pinnacle.'
Johnson won it in 2000 on Looks Like Trouble riding for his father-in-law Noel Chance and there is a special postscript to the story. 'Looks Like Trouble now lives at home with us, he has become a family pet, we love him. I haven't got a ride in the Gold Cup at the moment but fingers crossed something comes up because I would love to win the race again.'
However, Johnson thinks that an old-favourite who has made a blistering return to form this season could be the horse to beat. 'Looking at this year's Gold Cup I'd love to ride Cue Card. It's amazing for a ten-year-old to show the improvement he has when most horses are usually on the decline. And of course he's won at The Festival before.'
In the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase, Johnson believes Balthazar King can bounce back from injury. 'Balthazar King is in great form. He missed the race last season and was aimed at the Grand National, but this year he has been specifically trained for the Cross Country and is looking to win it for a third time. He is my best chance of the week.'
Elsewhere he fancies Garde La Victoire, which, dependent on the ground, could go in the JLT Novices' Steeple Chase.
And Saddlers Encore in the Pertemps Final is in the frame. 'He is still improving and won nicely at Sandown last time out. He is trained by Phillip Hobbs and doesn't have many miles on the clock.'
As for The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy, Douvan is the pick. 'He really looks to be the up and coming star at the moment and I really can't see him getting beat.'
Johnson is having a fantastic season and, now the legendary AP McCoy has put his feet up, is way ahead in the jump jockey championship.
He said: 'At the start I didn't really set myself any specific targets for numbers of winners, the main aim was the title. But the fact that I have had over 200 winners so far this season, combined with reaching 3,000 career winners has made it a very special year.
'I've been really shocked by the support I have received from the industry - it has been amazing to be honest and the season couldn't have gone any better. Hopefully we can continue with a good week at Cheltenham.'
Quizzed on the possibility of retirement, he replied: 'No chance! I've been trying to win this title for 22 years, so there are definitely no thoughts of retirement.'
Eventmasters managing director Denise Sheasby, a horse racing enthusiast, was a part owner of the popular 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander.
She said: 'It was great to have AP McCoy as our racing ambassador in his retirement year of 2015. We are delighted that Richard will be joining us at Silks both before and after racing on what should be a very special occasion for everyone especially as he is charging towards the jockeys' title which he has been seeking for so long.'
Sun 29th May 2016-Mon 30th May 2016
Sennowe Park, Norwich Rd, East Dereham
Sun 29th May 2016-Mon 30th May 2016
Tatton Park, Cheshire
Sun 29th May 2016
Brixham Harbour The Quay Brixham, TQ5 8AJ
Mon 30th May 2016
Stoke Park, Guildford