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Lockdown: A Supplier's View with the Arts Working Group

Conor Coyle
6 July 2020
Lockdown: A Supplier's View with the Arts Working Group

Join members of the Arts Working Group on Thursday, 16th July at 2pm as they sit down with some of the biggest industry suppliers of the UK. The Arts Working Group will be discussing how the current crisis has affected suppliers, agents and production services to theatres and arts venues, what innovations their companies have developed to help theatres post lockdown, what work practices and changes have been made to adapt to ‘the new normal’, how they see the future of the arts post Covid-19, and what theatres and suppliers can do to support each other.

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Supplier Panelists

The Arts Working Group are inviting industry suppliers to join the discussion. If you are an industry supplier interested to have your say in this discussion, please contact

Adam Blaxill of Stage Electrics and PLASA

Stage Electrics

Stage Electrics opened in 1979 as a group of people who were passionate about theatre lighting and sound equipment. Three decades on, they are now one of Europe's leading suppliers of stage lighting and sound equipment to the entertainment industry. In addition to an extensive sales portfolio, their services include theatre installations, testing & inspection and maintenance.

Adam Blaxill is Operations Director of Stage Electrics, technical solutions supplier to theatre, entertainment, communication, and education industries.


PLASA is the lead international membership body for those who supply technologies and services to the event and entertainment industries. The Association works to ensure that each sector is fully represented and plays an active role in highlighting best practice and safe working conditions. Adam is currently the Chair of PLASA and will represent the body during the discussion with the Arts Working Group.

PLASA is calling for meaningful support from government until the industry is allowed to operate in a way that is not limited by social distancing policies. Follow #WeMakeEvents for further information.

Ben Hatton of Live Nation's Cuffe and Taylor

Cuffe and Taylor are live music promoters based in Preston. Founded in 2009 by Daniel Cuffe and Peter Taylor, their flagship events include Greenwich Music Time, Lytham Festival and the Scarborough Open Air Theatre. In 2017, Cuffe & Taylor joined the Live Nation Family.

Ben Hatton is Director of Theatre Touring for Live Nation's Cuffe and Taylor.

Brian Reilly of PSI

Production Services Ireland is located In Belfast and Dublin and holds Ireland’s largest stock of professional lighting equipment for hire or sale. Established in 1996, their team have provided technical solutions that meet the growing demand within the corporate, arts, and entertainment industries for high-quality events delivery.

Brian Reilly is Director of Production Services Ireland.

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