Production Reviews

The Chemical Brothers

13 Jan 2020

The Chemical Brothers’ reputation for delivering an awe-inspiring live show precedes them – CX discovered why in this production profile.

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The Look

19 Dec 2019

Performance events are about more than just gadgets. For nearly 25 years, Sydney’s The Look has provided drapes and rigging for all manner of functions.

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Sticky Fingers

12 Dec 2019

ROAD SKILLS   Sticky Fingers The lighting for Sticky Fingers’ recent tour was big, bold, obnoxious and threatened to cut power to the host city!   In a big step up from previous tours Sticky Fingers, the Sydney band that are a ‘melting pot of psych, rock, and reggae’, completed an arena run around the…

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Jimmy Barnes

25 Nov 2019

ROADSKILLS Jimmy Barnes by Cat Strom.Photo Credits: Troy Constable Jimmy Barnes embarked on his biggest headlining tour of this century – Shutting Down Your Town – playing all his classic hits plus highlights from his new album My Criminal Record. Tony Bryan has been mixing Jimmy’s FOH for a couple of years and when CX…

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Scienceworks Planetarium

21 Nov 2019

INSTALLATION Scienceworks Planetarium by John O’Brien. For over a generation, visitors to Melbourne and science buffs alike have been entertained by the imaginative facilities and exhibits at Scienceworks Museum in Spotswood. One of the most impressive features is the Planetarium and in March 2019, a $1.2 million upgrade debuted new projection and lighting systems. Originally…

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Guy Sebastian

18 Nov 2019

ROADSKILLS by Cat Strom.Photo Credits: Troy Constable “In terms of production, there was no stone left unturned, from staging and use of levels, sound production, musical and vocal arrangements, choreography and the captivating lighting and visuals. Sebastian raised the bar and reminded the crowd why he is one of Australia’s most successful recording artists.”…

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11 Nov 2019

THEATRE by Cat Strom.Photo Credits: Daniel Boud Hair, the show that revolutionised music theatre, is back, celebrating 50 years since its Australian debut. Australian audiences were first introduced to the American musical Hair at the Metro Theatre, Sydney in June 1969. Billed as ‘The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical’ the production was ground-breaking in its modern…

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Vintage Hair

11 Nov 2019

THEATRE Vintage Hair by Cat Strom. The first Australian production of Hair was staged 50 years ago at the Metro Theatre, in Sydney’s Kings Cross on 4 June 1969. Produced by Harry M Miller, it was well-reviewed despite a minor hitch at the premiere when the auditorium had to be evacuated because of a bomb…

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OPTO Projects

5 Nov 2019

PROFILE OPTO Projects by Jason Allen. OPTO Projects are a relatively young Melbourne company directed by Scott Opie and Simon Toomer that provide bespoke lighting solutions for unusual projects, with a specialisation in set electrics. CX spoke with Simon Toomer about where the company came from and where it’s going… Simon Toomer: I started my…

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Hayden James

4 Nov 2019

ROADSKILLS Hayden James Photo Credits: Brayden Smith & Jordan Munns With design and creatives by David Fairless, the staging for Hayden James’ latest tour is quite remarkable. The June 2019 release of Hayden James’ debut album Between Us provided a platform for David to produce an entirely new show to tour around the world. Since…

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Fleetwood Mac

21 Oct 2019

ROADSKILLS Fleetwood Mac by Cat Strom.Photo Credits: Ashley Mar It’s been all change in the Fleetwood Mac camp with Lindsey Buckingham replaced by Neil Finn of Crowded House and Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and their long-time lighting designer replaced by Paul Normandale who also designed the set and video content for…

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The Electric Canvas – White Night Reimagined

17 Oct 2019

PROJECTION by Jason Allen. Visit Victoria’s popular festival White Night Melbourne was ‘Reimagined’ in August 2019 from a one-night, all-night event in summer to a three-night festival in late winter. Peter Milne, Managing and Technical Director of creative projection company The Electric Canvas spoke to CX about what it takes to get 10 major projection…

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