Everything Is Always Changing 
After a few dreary years at the modern ExCel Center in London’s Docklands, PLASA this year moved back to the Kensington neighborhood.  Not to the old and familiar Earls Court, but to the close by Olympia London.   

PLASA and ESTA have had their ups and downs recently as they struggle to redesign themselves in a changing world.   Many things have changed in entertainment technology and in the consumer public overall that have made trade shows less relevant than in the past.  At one time the only way to see these new products was to travel to a show.  Is that still needed in the internet age when we can see any products on the manufacturer’s home page, as well as dozens of YouTube videos of it in use, without leaving our office or home?   

PLASA was again smaller this year.  Is it a death spiral or is it the face of a modern trade show?  It is likely to be smaller again next year.  Does this make for a lesser trade show experience?   

The view from the City Theatrical Ltd. (our UK branch) booth was that it was a very good show and that nothing is lost by having a smaller footprint, and that much was gained from being back in the heart of London.  We recorded a record number of visitors in our booth (compared to recent PLASAs) and had a great opportunity to meet with friends, colleagues, and present and potential customers.   The show had a very ABTT or USITT feeling and that was a very positive thing compared to the U.S. style ExCel Center exhibition complex which was vast and bland.  The Olympia is steeped in character and a quirky charm.    

City Theatrical will return to the PLASA show again next year, and as long as there is a PLASA show in London.  London is a leading theatre center and we will always support the theatre scene there with our products and our staff.  

Here are some faces from the show. 

Look at what's left of Earls Court Exhibition Center where PLASA used
to be held

Setting up CTI's booth at PLASA 2016

PLASA's new home at London's Olympia 

CTI's Gary Fails with Controllux's Kuno Van Velzen 

ETC's Erik Larsen, CTI's Lauren Drinkwater, Grant Bailey, and Matthew Strearnes

CTI's Gary Vilardi with Philips Lighting's Adam Klein 

Moving Light Assistant™ Creator Andrew Voller

left to right ETC's Jake Dunnum, Nicholas Correa, Anne Dinardo-Smith,
Zane Beatty,  Al Crawford, and Roya Abab from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and ETC's Dennis Varian 

Bill Sapsis of Sapsis Rigging 

Andrew Voller (R) demonstrating Moving Light Assistant 

White light's Andrew Stringer 

Total Darkness Design's Bambi Bueno 

CTI's Lauren Drinkwater and Paloma Exposito of Stonex S.L

Brent Pritchett of 4 Wall Entertainment 

ETC's Anne Valentino, winner of the 2016 The 2016 Gottelier Award 

Virtual reality glasses showed a 3D backstage view of Hamilton 

Professor Trent Kim

CTI's Grant Bailey setting up for the last day

Paul Fielder from The Royal Opera House 

Kenneth Jakobsen of Atendi

Having a fun moment at the show

ASL Electronic AG/SA's CEO David Scherz and Sales Manager Reto Allemann

City Theatrical's Vice President of Sales Gary Vilardi gives visitors the features and benefits of SHoW Baby® 6

CTI's Philip Nye, Pathway's Robert Bell and Howard Eaton of Howard Eaton Lighting Ltd. 

Hans Henrik Schmidt of Attendi explains City Theatrical SHoW Baby ®6 to a customer. 

Ally Decourcy of White Light 

PLASA Show floor 

CTI's many Beam Control accessories 

Programmer David Wolstenholme

Focusing a light in virtual reality 

Bightgroup Findland's Pekka Rytilahti and Oskar Krogell of Bright 

City Theatrical's SHoW Baby inspired water bottle