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Bacon Theatre Summer Season 2016

Bacon Theatre Summer Season 2016

6th May 2016

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 [15] 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 [15] 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 brings changes to Prolight+Sound 2016

Robert Juliat brings changes to Prolight+Sound 2016

18th April 2016

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 at Prolight + Sound 2016, Frankfurt

Robert Juliat at Prolight + Sound 2016, Frankfurt

21st March 2016

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

Jockey Johnson's top Cheltenham tips

Jockey Johnson's top Cheltenham tips

14th March 2016

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.'

North East Women In Business Champion Awarded Obe In New Year Honours

North East Women In Business Champion Awarded Obe In New Year Honours

1st February 2016

DURHAM entrepreneur Nickie Gott is to be awarded a OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours list 2016 for services to women into business and female entrepreneurship in the North East.

Nickie, 49 founded She's Gott It! in April 2002 and the company based on the Lambton estate has now become renowned for creating exciting events internationally, including the recent Hitachi plant opening attended by the Prime Minister and Chancellor and the opening of the new Crowne Plaza Newcastle

A previous winner of the North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, NE Entrepreneur of the Year and Region's Best Small Business award, most recently Nickie's company has been awarded two national event awards; Best Practice and Best Event at the National Outdoor Events Awards.
 
Following being named North East Woman Entrepreneur in 2007, Nickie became actively involved in supporting and growing the region's female business community and entrepreneurs. 

Her commitment to growing the region's female talent pool led to her forming the North East Women's Advisory board, part of the North East Chamber of Commerce, in September 2012.   

Through this group Nickie actively supports and promotes female entrepreneurship, as she believes passionately in the need to use networks and mentors to grow regional talent.  

Nickie also now drives and supports the annual North East Women Entrepreneur of the Year awards that take place each November and acts as a business mentor to a number of businesses.

On being told of her impending OBE, Nickie said: 'I was swept away with shock and gratitude when I opened the letter to see I have been being recommended for this prestigious honour. Championing women to start and grow their own business is my big passion, so being nominated especially for my services to women into business is wonderful.'
 
Nickie has overcome numerous challenges in her life to become the success she is today, including failing all of her 8 O-levels at 16, being made redundant at 3 months' pregnant with her first child, having a seriously ill second child and recovering from breast cancer and treatment in 2008.

The IIC Show Returns in 2016

25th January 2016

The 2016 IIC Show -
now in its second year, specialises in bringing forward the idea of inclusion, independence
and choice for people associated mixed ability. Taking place at the renowned Manchester Central
Convention Complex doors will open in just 9 days. The IIC Show is the most comprehensive retail and resource
event in the North West of England.
! The show will take place over 2
days on Sunday 31st of January &
Monday the 1st of February and will boast
a range of exciting, beneficial and essential products and services aimed especially at those associated with
mixed ability. Along with a selection of exhibitors at the show there will also be extremely invaluable and
high quality CPD accredited seminars and essential advice points which will be set out across the exhibition.
These seminars and advice points will be very useful for healthcare professionals, special needs educators,
occupational therapists and many many more.
! There will be up to 100 exhibitors showcasing products and services over the weekend. Including but not
limited to:
Mobility car showroom
Special Educational Needs zone (SEN Zone)
The latest innovations in mixed ability technology
Specialist free advice areas
Recruitment zone
Assistance dog demonstrations
Adaptive sports zone
These are just some of the excellent features available over the weekend at the IIC Show 2016. The exhibitors
who are taking part in IIC Show 2016 will be covering a wide range of disabilities including:
Physical and motor skills
Intellectual (learning and literacy)
Psychiatric
Sensory
Neurological
Along with all of the features at the event, there will also be a selection of prestigious names sponsoring the
core elements of the show. Renault UK are on-board as the headline sponsor for the Moving and Handling
Theatre. Experia Innovations are also leading the way as headline sponsors throughout the show sponsoring
the Special Needs Education (SEN) stage, a perfect fit for the mixed ability educational sector.

Registration for the IIC Show 2016 is free and can be completed online before doors open on the 31st of January
2016.
The show is an excellent opportunity for both public and professional individuals to come and gain a
knowledgeable
insight into the different aspects of mixed ability and explore the different solutions, support and
services available for those who are associated mixed ability.

Register online for free now: http://goo.gl/nMtsYw
The IIC Show 2016

31st January - 1st February 2016 10AM-4PM
Manchester Central
Windmill St
Manchester
M2 3GX

Using Roller Banners To Boost Brand Awareness at Trade Shows

23rd December 2015

So we all know that roller banners are a great tool for marketing. They are super versatile, and as mentioned before on this blog we believe they are the ultimate guerrilla marketing tool. You can display them outside or inside, at conferences, shop windows, shopping centres… practically anywhere.

They really come into their own at trade shows giving any trade stand a slick, professional look which can really boost your brand recognition. Here's a few pointers to ensure that you make the most of your roller banners and help promote your brand.

Position is key
Positioning your banner is everything. You can have a kick-ass design and a banner print that knocks it out of the park but that won't matter if you're deploying it where nobody will see it. Look carefully at the layout of the trade show, pay particular attention on how people will move past your spot. You want to put your roller banner in an area that will get the message to the most people as possible. Think about how to angle the banner to ensure that people will read it as they walk by. That will make the difference in drawing people to your stall.

Use of both text and graphics
You can have the best quality banner money can buy but without a great design you're not going to attract anyone's attention. You can always use our design service (just contact us and we'll take you through your options) but if you already have a design in mind or even a graphic designer who does work for you then you probably want to use your own design. Remember make it clear, use imagery that's appropriate for the message you're conveying and as always remember to KISS (keep it simple stupid!).

Don't forget contact info!
You'd be amazed at the number of times people forget the basics. If you're going to be displaying your banner remember to include contact info at least somewhere in the design! Doesn't have to take up the whole banner especially if you expect people to contact you directly at the trade show but it's always a good idea to include your info somewhere on the design - someone might photograph your booth or banner. You want to make it as easy as possible for people to track you down after the show.

http://www.signfirm.com/

#QUILLISCOMING

14th October 2015

In just a matter of weeks Manchester's King Street will welcome its newest and most anticipated exclusive bar and restaurant.

Quill, a luxurious and contemporary bar and eatery, will officially open its doors for the first time on Friday, October 30, following a private VIP event on Thursday, October 29, and a series of soft launches.

The exclusive spot will be located in the heart of the iconic city and will mark the beginning of a new era in King Street - once described as the Bond Street of the north.

More than £1 million has been invested into Quill, which will offer true exclusivity to its guests, with private dining areas, intimate seating spots and cocktail stations.

Quill will be split over two floors of the four storey building with the bar area based on the ground floor and the restaurant located on the first floor. The restaurant will seat up to 60, including a 21 private dining area.

There will be private areas in the bar for enjoying Quill's bespoke cocktails and more than 200 people can be accommodated in the whole venue.

It has all been created by bar and restaurant interior design specialists Collective Design, winners of one of the most prestigious design awards in the UK, The Interior Designer of the Year. They have worked to create what has been described as an 'opulent oasis' in the centre of Manchester.

Guests will also be able enjoy an open kitchen, where they will be able to see Quill's newly appointed Head Chef hard at work. Though he is yet to be named, the new Head Chef has extensive experience in high end dining having working in at multiple 4 AA Rosette rated and 3 AA Rosette rated restaurants, an AA Restaurant of the year and in a number of venues with 2 Michelin Stars.

The food, both from the A La Carte and 8-course Tasting Menu, will follow a modern British theme with European influences and the Head Chef promises refined dining without the formality of formal dining.

Behind the venture is Chris Longmate, CEO of On The Wall Group, who said he was keen to bring something very luxurious and exclusive to King Street as it becomes the place to be in Manchester.

'King Street really is the new location when it comes to high end venues and Quill will be an integral and central part to this,' said Chris.

'The restaurant and bar have been designed in intricate detail by the award winning designers at Collective Design, who are specialists in this area. When we set out we wanted a refined dining experience for our customers and Collective Design have created a truly beautiful place to enjoy our food.

'And on the ground floor you will find something slightly different, with these cocktail stations and unique seating areas to enjoy our drinks offering. I see it as the place to escape to, an opulent oasis in Manchester.

'Now as the opening approaches we are just really excited about the opening now and can't wait to see guests inside enjoying Quill.'

For more information visit www.quillMCR.co.uk and get involved with #QUILLISCOMING

Quill reveals name of new Head Chef

14th October 2015

The wait is over and at last accomplished chef Curtis Stewart has been named as the Head Chef at Manchester's fine dining restaurant and bar Quill.

Mystery has surrounded the identity of the newly appointed Head Chef since the King Street venue hit the headlines this week, as news of its official opening on Friday October 30th was unveiled.

Since then people have been asking who would be in the kitchen of Quill and today the exclusive venue revealed that Curtis would be taking on the role of Head Chef and offering an A La Carte and 8-course-tasting menu.

Expectations are high and the food is set to be of an exceptional quality with the 27-year-old having worked in fine dining establishments, multiple 4 AA Rosette and 3 AA Rosette restaurants and a number of venues with 2 Michelin Stars.

It is also somewhat of a homecoming for Curtis, who first discovered his love of cooking in his hometown of Bury, Greater Manchester. He also attended Wigan and Leigh catering college and founded his ethos and style, which is based on using simple but high quality ingredients, cooked in an uncomplicated way.

This has developed over his years as a chef and Curtis says he is now confident in being able to express who is and his own distinctive style on a plate, using not so familiar flavour combinations and enhancing the diners experience with modern techniques.

Curtis said: 'I'm delighted and honoured to have been appointed Head Chef at Quill. It's a beautiful venue in the heart of Manchester, a city with a great foodie reputation. We are here to change the scene and will be serving top quality dishes and contemporary cuisine.

'It's exciting for me also to return to my roots at this stage of my career, when I feel I have truly discovered my own style and what I bring to the table.

'It's also fantastic to be part of the launch of Quill and share my vision with the venue and the guests coming through the doors.'

More has also been revealed about the cuisine at Quill, with guests set to enjoy modern British food, with European influences from both the A La Carte and 8-course-tasting menu.

The dining concept promises fine dining and high levels of gastronomy in a comfortable and relaxed environment, without the restrictions formal restaurants once had, and food that plays on perception and touches on nostalgic memories.

Curtis added: 'Quill is a fine dining restaurant and we will be competing with some of the biggest names in the industry, which are right on our doorstep. I want to create a vibe and venue where people come to experience great food and exciting cocktails, but without traditional formality. We are confident our food will surpass expectation and set the standard for the King Street food scene.

'Manchester has made a real mark on the culinary map in recent years, and it finally feels like this city is ready to except refined food.

'Over the last two years I have created a food concept enabling the modern customer to fully submerge themselves in a gastronomic experience. The food we serve will touch something in our guests, whether that is through a not so familiar flavour combination or transforming something ordinary into the extraordinary.'

The venue itself in King Street is also going to be extraordinary and more than £1 million has been invested into Quill, which will offer private dining areas and intimate seating.

Chris Longmate, CEO of On The Wall Group, the restaurant company behind Quill, said: 'The official opening is just around the corner and we cannot wait to see Quill full of guests.

'We are offering a beautiful place where our guests can enjoy excellent food, drink and cocktails in intimate settings.

'Curtis is a great addition to our team and he promises to deliver the highest standard of food every time. The extensive knowledge that Curtis will bring is such an exciting prospect for Quill.'

To book your table visit www.quillmcr.co.uk and get involved with #QUILLISCOMING

Play the teambuilding game

7th October 2015

Gerard Crowley, co-director of one of the UK's leading corporate team building businesses, Team Challenge Company, reflects on the growing trend of digital gamification in the corporate and events market.


Many of us have been to a conference, company away day or training session and left feeling uninspired, unmotivated, and, frankly, bored. Games used for team building have always been popular and now digital gamification is crossing the pond with the aim of engaging delegates, increasing learning and boosting teamwork.

Already seen at TEDx events around the world and at the international internet society forum InterCommunity 2015, interactive challenges and team building activities have been bringing colleagues closer while turning corporate events into adult playgrounds.

Gamification is the art of applying elements of a game to routine tasks, to encourage and motivate people to increased productivity, teamwork and engagement. Since 2010, 350 companies have launched gamification projects and Gartner, the world's leading information technology research and advisory company, predicted that 70 per cent of Forbes Global 2000 companies would introduce gamification to boost engagement, retention and revenues by the end of last year.

This trend is now making its way into the team building and conferencing industry in the UK; with groups of corporate professionals seen juggling, singing, contorting and ultimately working together to complete fun challenges, encouraged and lead by gamification software.

The days of flipcharts and awkward conversations with the stranger next to you appear to be numbered. The industry is increasingly moving towards advanced digital technology which encompasses the best team building activities of the past, such as role play and tug of war, and brings it into the digital age.

We have found that by introducing mobile and tablet-based team building apps at conferences, corporate events or company away days, not only provides a welcome respite from heavy content, it puts the delegates first and adds purpose.

Team Challenge Company has recently introduced the most advanced treasure hunt app, Go Team, to the Scottish market and it has proved a hit in the corporate market. The app allows us to create bespoke real-time team building activities which can be developed to foster role allocation, co-ordination and planning between colleagues.

Our purpose is what drives us, and when you present teams of people with a common goal, it promotes camaraderie, competition, and a sense of accomplishment. The perfect outcome for both organiser and delegate.

To find out more about Team Challenge Company's Go Team events, visit www.teamchallenge-company.co.uk.