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Updates in stage automation

LS-Live delivered a variety of automation projects in 2013 that challenged our creative thinking and skills in custom electronic design. We have been touring stage automation products and building them into stage sets for over three decades, so our knowledge of the touring environment and expertise in engineering meant we were the company of choice to produce stage automation for Chris Brown and Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds.

Chris Brown's Carpe Diem tour demanded the design of five 8ft wide custom automatic pneumatic sliding doors, which we installed into a multi-tiered stage set. These were controlled remotely via a button, with auto close and were fitted into fascia frames.

Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds required custom stage automation building into the stage set too, which also came together in our secondary studio space on site in Wakefield. Using our skills in electrical actuation, we designed an automation system for a holographic screen so that it folded out from underneath the downstage edge to stand 8ft high at the push of a button.

In addition to these custom projects, our standard rental scissor lifts, manlifts, turntables and travelators featured on shows like Olly Murs' performance on Dancing on Ice, Fashion Night Out in Manchester, Keane's tour and Strictly Come Dancing. The modular design of our industry standard, lightweight aluminium stage decking, LiteDeck, means these automation products can be easily integrated into any stage set for a seamless look.

Said LS-Live's Ben Brooks: "As live productions get ever more complex in creative design and technology, achieving that 'wow factor' increasingly means pushing the boundaries of stage design. We experienced an increasing number of enquiries for stage automation in 2013 and our R&D department is looking at new innovations in this area, so you can expect some announcements soon."