BREAKING NEWS | London’s Apollo Theatre Ceiling Collapses, 30+ Injured

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Unfortunately, the ceiling dome at the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End has collapsed, injuring an estimated 30+ people.  The Apollo was having a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and around 8:15-ish, some crackling noises were heard and the ceiling came down on top of theatregoers.

We hope that everyone is ok, and we’ll report as much as we can find about the incident.  Roxy and I are sending our best positive karma to the Apollo Theatre right now.  There’s some crazy tweets coming out of London:

From The Guardian:

People left the building crying, coughing and helping each other away. Many were trying to make contact with family members as some were still trapped inside the building.

One 29-year-old man, who would only give his name as Ben, said: “It was about halfway through the first half of the show and there was a lot of creaking.

“We thought it was part of the scene, it was a seaside scene, but then there was a lot of crashing noise and part of the roof caved in. There was dust everywhere; everybody’s covered in dust.

“We got out fairly quickly, I think everyone was quite panicked.”

A 38-year-old said: “We were in the stalls. It’s a balcony that’s come off. Some of the structure’s come down.”

Police were on the scene within minutes and began cordoning off the theatre.

London fire brigade confirmed that eight fire engines had been sent to the scene.

Martin Bostock, who was in the audience at the Grade II listed theatre with his family, said he suffered a head injury after he was hit by falling debris.

He told Sky News: “I was in the lower stalls with my family in the early stages of the show. It was just terrifying and awful.

“I think the front part of the balcony fell down. At first we thought it was part of the show. Then I got hit on the head.”

From Reuters:

(Reuters) – Emergency services were called to London’s Apollo Theatre on Thursday after people were injured by falling masonry, police said.

“We are aware of casualties,” a police spokesman said.

A Reuters reporter at the scene said emergency vehicles had blocked off the street where the theater is located.

A witness told Sky Television that part of a balcony in the auditorium appeared to have collapsed.

“I think the front part of the balcony fell down,” Martin Bostock, who was in the audience, told Sky. “It was hard to see anything through the dust.”

The Apollo is currently showing The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

(Reporting by William Schomberg; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

Update, 5:01pm EST Thursday, 12/19/2013 — all those trapped under the ceiling in the Apollo have been freed:


Some news footage:

Let’s hope that everyone’s ok, there haven’t been any reports of fatalities.

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LDI 2013 in Photos

A fun show happened this year in Las Vegas — lots of beams, lots of friends, and I met my goal to share hug karma with 20 new people!

I’ve heard a few people now call LDI something like “LED-I.”  After making me giggle like a dumbass like I’m known to do, it’s not like it’s far off the mark — the industry is dominated with LED wash fixtures, LED pixel mappers, LED moving head spot AND wash fixtures, and all kinds of other diode-powered light makers.  Strobes, too — LED strobes are intensely appropriate, but they deliver a different kind of stab than a Xenon strobe.  They’re not better or worse, just different!  The industry still has the gamut of discharge, incandescent, and other non-LED sources as well, but there is less push generally on these types of fixtures.

I find that such an interesting paradigm at the LDI show – lots of companies have non-LED stuff and they show it, but there is  definitely a large LED offering in our industry (as is the case in most industries of light right now).  Sometimes I wonder if there are less non-LED beams bouncing around because that’s what the industry wants or if it’s because of the cost savings of NOT having those non-LED sources en masse.  Power is expensive stuff at these shows, and so is drayage on all of the heavy gack that goes along with larger draw 208 gear and dimming.  Most LEDs anymore allow you greater flexibility with 208V power too, making the power linking possibilities even better.  I only had one 48-way PD for the CHAUVET Professional booth, and that powered everything I had designed into the rig, video panels and all.

I programmed the booth I designed on the Avolites Sapphire Touch, which has become my new favorite desk.  I finally found an interface that was designed the way that my brain wants to program.  This has been a joyous time in my programmer life!  It’s nothing like the old Avolites way, they’ve made the flow so unbelievably amazing that it is literally a joy to program.  I just had it again on the Concert Lighting Master Classes this last week, but I’ll be writing a separate post about that this week.

Check out some photos from the show, and I was glad to see you if I saw you at this year’s show!  If I didn’t see you, I’m sorry — we’ll see each other next go round or soon, you know how this business goes!  I was bummed that I didn’t get to see the Fox family.  This show kept me busy, I barely made it out of the booth except for about an hour to walk the floor.

Click on any photo below for the larger images in an *awesome* light box!

 

Sometimes Life Gets In the Way, But We’re Still Live!

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Good morning and good day, JimOnLight readers!  It’s “o’ dark thirty” as my dad always says, and guess what?  I’m at an airport getting ready to fly somewhere for a gig!  Say it ain’t so!   I just had my 78th trip to Las Vegas for LDI since 2000…  it seems like just yesterday…  actually no it doesn’t, I’ve been to Vegas WAY too many times for anyone’s good!

You’ll have to pardon my long pause here on the site…  I have been adjusting to a new gig (which is awesome) and to having my wife out of the country while we work on immigration issues.  You’d think Canada and the US would have a little looser restrictions on bringing your loved one to the states when you’re married, right?  Wrong.  Immigration is the single most confusing thing I have ever dealt with in my entire life, and I’ve been divorced twice!  Wacka wacka!

I’m heading out to Los Angeles for the Concert Lighting Master Classes this week — I’ll be programming for Jeff Ravitz, which is WAY cool for me, I’ve been a fan of Jeff’s work for many years, and I’ve interviewed him before for the website.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m the Customer Engagement and Education Manager (and Lighting Designer!) for CHAUVET Professional down here in Sunrise, Florida — I came on board back in August 2013, and I’ve been working myself ridiculous for Berenice and Albert, who are amazing people with a drive that matches none other I’ve met.  It’s quite amazing to have a mentor like Berenice, she literally pushes her people to greatness.

In other news, I have a digital stalker!  Anyone have a good lawyer they can recommend?  Shit’s getting ugly.

Have an amazing day, everyone!  JimOnLight is back.  Sorry for the pause, sometimes life gets in the way.