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Does what it says on the tin!

Wonderful feedback from John Plews, director of the recent revival of ‘42nd Street’ staged at Upstairs at the Gatehouse – an award-winning London Fringe Theatre situated at the top of Highgate Hill.

Asked why he opted for Electro Kabuki for the show, John simply said: “We chose the model because it does what it says on the tin.” For us, that sums up Electro Kabuki perfectly.

John explains that Upstairs at the Gatehouse is a small theatre, and they needed to stage a small kabuki drop to open ‘42nd Street’. “It worked really well and was a great effect at the beginning of our musical. I was very happy with it,” he reports.

Performances of ‘42nd Street’ played to packed houses through December and January.

Electro Kabuki Refurbishment Service

We engineered Electro Kabuki to be rugged and tough. But many EK systems exist in rugged and tough environments, so heavy-handed treatment and the odd breakage is almost inevitable.

On occasions, a dropper module inadvertently gets dropped itself. Yes, they usually bounce but a post-trauma check-over might be prudent. Sometimes cables are wrenched unceremoniously from their connectors. We designed them to separate cleanly at a specific force and shed the retaining ring so all should be well, but again, a test is advisable.

At Electro Kabuki HQ, we offer a full test and refurbish service for every component within the EK system. No one knows Electro Kabuki like us. So no one is better qualified to test, refurbish and certify the EK dropper modules, link cables and all other parts for your peace of mind.

Contact us to take advantage of our refurbishment service. It will ensure that your Electro Kabuki system continues to operate perfectly – guaranteeing a flawless kabuki drop first time, every time.

Paul Alexander of AMPS wins the PLASA GoPro

The prize draw has been made. It was a curiously exciting process of selecting a name at random from all the visitors at PLASA last month who took the time to come to our Electro Kabuki stand and witness one of our many, many Flop & Drop demonstrations. These demonstrations proved to be highly popular and engaging and remain the source of many continuing conversations.

Anyway, to the business of the lucky winner of the GoPro Hero 7 White action-cam…

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Our first time back at PLASA was exciting!

Our timely return to PLASA as exhibitors proved to be a rewarding experience. Even on the first day, a Sunday, we flopped & dropped too many times to count. And Monday and Tuesday were even busier.

Our live Electro Kabuki demo was exceptionally well received. In all, we estimate that several hundred people watched the EK system flop & drop flawlessly. It certainly attracted a great deal of interest, as did our prize draw for a GoPro camera. We are delighted with the number of leads we acquired – well into three figures.

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You can win a GoPro Action Cam from us at PLASA.

Next week, we’re attending PLASA for the first time in a few years. And we’re running live demonstrations of our now-famous Electro Kabuki Flop & Drop on the show floor. You can find us on Stand No. N20.

But that’s not all…

As you can tell by this blog headline and the image above, we’re planning to give away a smart GoPro Hero 7 White action-cam. Visitors to our stand who watch our short but impressive Flop & Drop demo will be automatically entered into a prize draw. If you’re attending PLASA, be sure to pop along to our stand to be in with a chance of winning this smart new GoPro.

Like Electro Kabuki, GoPro cameras are the leaders in their field. And again, just like Electro Kabuki, they are beautifully engineered to perform flawlessly. And they’re easy to use. And they’re waterproof. And…

Okay, enough of the parallels between GoPro cameras and Electro Kabuki; suffice to say that we look forward to seeing you at PLASA. The show takes place at London’s Olympia from 15th to 17th September. The Electro Kabuki team ins on Stand N20.

One last thing: free visitor registration for PLASA is now closed – but you can still register for free with our compliments by using this link. Enjoy your visit.

Parachuting Brussels Sprouts!

We are hugely grateful to one of our prestigious Electro Kabuki customers, London’s Old Vic Theatre, for sending us some fascinating video clips. these show how the theatre crew rigged and tested various kabuki drops, including parachuting Brussels sprouts (yes, we kid you not!), used in its recent festive extravaganza – a staging of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (starring Stephen Tompkinson as Ebenezer Scrooge) that received an impressive succession of 5-star reviews.

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Absolutely no problem if it rains on your parade.

Yes, unlike other theatrical reveal systems, Electro Kabuki dropper modules and cables are fully weatherproof.

We use military-grade, sealed connectors in the design, and industrial levels of weatherproofing for the dropper module housing – the action-end of an Electro Kabuki system (that’s one of them, above, lying in the snow to prove its hardy credentials).

It means you can rig Electro Kabuki outdoors and use it dependably time-after-time, come rain or snow. No more fiddling with plastic bags as clouds loom over your festival. The show will go on.

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Electro Kabuki – Always Ex-Stock

Sometimes the day after tomorrow isn’t soon enough. It may be a small point, but we know fast delivery is often a big issue for professionals in an industry that’s famous for tight deadlines. That’s why all Electro Kabuki components, parts, spares and systems are held in stock at our UK headquarters in Surrey, ready for immediate despatch worldwide.

In addition, our distributors also hold stock of Electro Kabuki parts and spares. That gives you plenty of ‘just-in-time’ options should you ever need something in a hurry.

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Circuit 1 versus Circuit 2 – What Does it Mean?

Electro Kabuki dropper modules are internally hard-wired at the time of manufacture and designated as ‘Circuit 1’ or ‘Circuit 2’. The designation of each module is marked on the product label and stamped into the metal load-hook jaw.

If you’re rigging a simple drop, you will want all your dropper modules to actuate in one go. In this case, it makes no difference whether you use Circuit 1, Circuit 2 or a mixture of both. The firing box allows you to fire them all simultaneously.

Circuit 1 or Circuit 2 dropper module designation only becomes significant when you rig a more sophisticated reveal effect, like a flop and drop or phased drop (see the EK System page for configuration examples). And the good news is that you can still control these advanced effects from a single firing box, connected to the rig by just one cable.

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Three Ways to Source Your EK System.

We thought it would be worth pointing out to all our blog readers that a comprehensive array of support exists for anyone who wants to purchase an Electro Kabuki system.

We have made the EK selection process as easy as possible via the Get A Quote page. But we know that specifying the right components for more sophisticated kabuki drop applications might still appear daunting. We’re here to help.

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