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Earnest RADA students drop flowers on stunning production.

In one of the last events we were able to attend before coronavirus forced us all to stay at home, we were invited to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s impressive theatre complex in Chenies Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1, to see a performance of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. As you’d rightly expect, the entire production was staged, performed, produced and directed by RADA Acting and Theatre Production students. And what a professional show it was!

For one of the highly imaginative scene changes, the production called for hundreds of flower heads to be dropped to the stage. That signalled the transition of the play from Algernon Moncrieff’s rooms in Piccadilly to the garden of the Manor House, Woolton, where the actress Harmony Rose-Bremner playing ‘Miss Prism’ was sat at a garden table – protected from the falling blooms by the butler (RADA graduate Jack Flammiger) holding a parasol.

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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.

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.

RADA Production uses Electro Kabuki reveal.

Here at Electro Kabuki, we’re enthusiastic when anyone expresses an interest in our kabuki drop system. And we’re keen to encourage the next generation of inspirational and creative people into the staging and theatre industry.

That’s why we immediately agreed to a very polite request from the students at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London for the loan of an Electro Kabuki system. RADA was to stage one of its biggest musical shows of the year – Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods.

The entire production was down to the students – actors, stage crew, producer, director, musicians, the whole lot. The staging in the second act called for a kabuki drop of a painted backcloth drape the full width of the stage; an effect made all the more dramatic by strobe lighting and powerful audio to represent a storm, during which the rear of the stage was revealed.

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Great Video from @Rigging_Jump in Chile

We always ask our customers how they are getting on with Electro Kabuki. While we’re happy to say that every response is positive, we sometimes get back even more than we expected.

For example, take the video put together specifically for us by Mauricio Cofre, Head Rigger for Rigging Jump – DG Medios & Gran Arena Monticello in Chile.

Mauricio says, “the truth is, I am very happy with the Electro Kabuki and I hope to make several projects with it. I send you a small video that we made.”

Just like Electro Kabuki, it seems Mauricio is prepared to go the extra mile. We are always grateful to such dependable customers.

You can find Rigging Jump on Facebook and Instagram (@rigging_jump)

 

Electro Kabuki Flops & Drops Streamers for Kylie on Golden Tour.

Among a wealth of innovative laser choreography and dazzling special effects for Kylie’s recent Golden Tour, award-winning ER Productions used a two-stage Electro Kabuki drop to reveal golden mylar streamers, before dropping them to the stage.

As the official supplier of lasers and SFX for Kylie’s 15th concert tour, ER Productions rigged 16 of its Electro Kabuki dropper modules to the grid above the stage to provide a ‘flop & drop’ effect for 15-metre-long gold mylar streamers.

It all happened during the track ‘Spinning Around’. The Electro Kabuki system dropped one end of each streamer perfectly on cue for the dancers to interact with. Then, at the end of the routine, phase two of the kabuki drop released the streamers from the grid. They fluttered impactfully to the stage.

We know that Electro Kabuki has become the mainstay of staging professionals who need to rig a dependable theatrical drop effect. This high-profile event for the Princess of Pop provides more evidence.

ER Productions supported all 27 of Kylie’s glamorous shows across Europe, from the inaugural event in Newcastle in September to the final show in Hamburg in November.

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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