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GREAT SERVICE FOR THE PARLOTONES

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The Parlotones recently took to the stage at the Teatro at Montecasino in Johannesburg, for Parlotones Orchestrated Live. For this concert, the band performed with an 11-piece orchestra backing, vocalist and conductor. With a chamber ensemble, arranged and conducted by composer and musician Brendan Jury, who also played the Viola, the well-known music of the band had a fresh sound for the audience.

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REVOLUTION IN LOCAL THEATRE LIGHTING

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Splitbeam purchases 14 additional ETC Source Four Revolutions for the South African tour of Annie

Gearhouse Splitbeam is a long-term professional Theatre equipment rental company which, according to its Managing Director Alistair Kilbee, prides itself on being one of only a handful of true theatre lighting specialists able to supply the requirements of international touring productions from West End, Broadway or anywhere else in the world.

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ROBE FOR SAMAS 2016

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The 2016 South African Music Awards (SAMAs), one of the highest profile events on the SA music calendar, was again staged at the Durban ICC Arena, broadcast live on SABC1 and enjoyed by an audience of 3000. For the first time, lighting was designed by Robert Grobler … who incorporated over 200 Robe fixtures on the rig which was supplied by Gearhouse South Africa.

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SNIPPET SEPTEMBER 2016

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Gearhouse observed Heritage month in 2016 with a bit of fun in a seriously busy month. Staff arrived at work on Fri 23rd September in whatever they believed best represented their heritage, including some full traditional regalia across all branches of the company to acknowledge and celebrate our very diverse work force. Unity in Diversity!

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TOTAL CONTROL

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TELLING THE ORIGIN STORY OF THE SHAOLIN MONKS,

Shaolin is the kind of touring production the monks have become famous for. Combining extraordinary feats of human endurance, martial arts demonstrations and traditional Chinese music, the theatrical spectacular serves to highlight exactly what is possible when you put your mind to it.

In a show such as this where miscalculations can have the most severe consequences, planning is key. This goes for every aspect from the choreography to the technical requirements. As such, it should not be surprising that the recent Big Concerts promoted Johannesburg run of the production was one of the smoothest jobs possible for local theatre specialists, Splitbeam.

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MAPPING A PATHWAY TO THE STARS

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A Night with the Stars, a showcase piece for the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company and Born To Perform (a platform created by Creative Directors, Gemma Marinus Donnelly and Matthew Marinus to create professional opportunities in the Performing Arts Industry for talented children and teens) took place at the UJ Arts Centre on 27th and 28th May 2016.

The collaboration celebrated the talented youth of South Africa and featured budding performers from a variety of genres. It was also the producing and directing debut for award-winning composer and arranger Bryan Schimmel. Schimmel sits on the board of Directors at the Youth Orchestra Company and is passionate about promoting a musical culture within the youth of South Africa.

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GEARHOUSE - SHAPING THE FUTURE OF LIVE EVENTS

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"Welcome to Tomorrow" was the catch phrase used to introduce some of Gearhouse Group's latest technology to 600 of the organisation's top clients and suppliers. The launch was housed in the inaugural build of the Maxi Dome Lite Venue, a bespoke temporary structure designed and built in South Africa by Gearhouse In2Structures, the Group's specialist design and manufacturing company.

One of the selling points of the In2Structures Dome Venues is their ability to transform any stretch of land into an event space within 4 to 5 days and this build was a prime example. Guests were transported to the "future of events" as they stepped from a hot and dusty Bezuidenhout Valley car park into the climate-controlled, theatrical environment of the new venue.

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