Philips Entertainment Sponsors the Technical Theatre Awards 2013

23 September 2013,

UK - Philips' entertainment lighting brands Selecon, Showline, Strand Lighting and Vari-Lite will be lending their support to the Technical Theatre Awards (TTA) 2013, which will be hosted at this year's PLASA Show (6th - 9th October, ExCel, London).
As sponsor for the 'Outstanding Achievement in Lighting' Award, a representative from Philips entertainment brands will present the award to the lucky winner at a ceremony on the Theatres Trust Stand (A59) on 8th October 2013.
The Award recognises any individual working within any role in theatre lighting. Nominees will be considered for their exceptional efforts and achievements on a particular show or event, or because the high standard of their overall approach has been recognised by their colleagues and employers.
"Philips Entertainment is proud to be sponsoring the TTA Awards, and specifically to be supporting the often unsung 'stars' that work behind the scenes to ensure great lighting works within theatre," says Philips Entertainment's (Senior Sales Manager EMEA) Grant Bales-Smith. "We wish all nominees the very best of luck, and offer our full support and warm congratulations to Ian Taylor for staging these awards."
For the first time, the TTA will be presented during the PLASA London trade show (6th-9th October) with the ceremony taking place on Tuesday 8th October. The Awards kick off at 5pm and last until 7pm, with a drinks reception for guests. 
"The idea of the TTA awards is to highlight the work and effort of the people behind the scenes who are so often overlooked," says organiser Ian Taylor. "I think it's important to recognise and acknowledge the diverse talents of backstage workers in all their guises, and this is an ideal opportunity for everyone in the industry to do just that.
"I'm enormously grateful to Philips for sponsoring 'The Philips Entertainment Award for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting' as the company is recognised for the quality and diversity of their lighting products. This is exactly what we hope our awards will highlight in others! With the generous sponsorship support of Philips Entertainment, we can continue to grow and develop the TTA awards."
Nominated for The Philips Entertainment Award for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting 2013 are:
Tim Routledge - an experienced lighting designer and programmer who has worked on some of the biggest shows in the UK during the past year. He was Associate Lighting Designer for the Queens Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace and Lead lighting programmer for the Opening & Closing Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics & Paralympics. Recent lighting design projects include Gary Barlow Tour 2012, The War Of The Worlds Live On Stage.
Alex Wardle - whose lighting design work has been seen around the UK and in Australia, China, Lebanon, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Syria and the USA. He was Production Manager for Kneehigh Theatre from 2000 - 2005 and a theatre consultant for Arup from 2005 - 2011. He now works as a theatre consultant and lighting designer for Charcoalblue. Designs for Kneehigh Theatre include Rapunzel, Tristan & Yseult outdoors and at the National Theatre, The Wooden Frock, The Red Shoes and The Riot. 
Richard G Jones - Richard has recently worked on lighting designs for Strictly Come Dancing Tour 2012, First Person Shooter for Birmingham REP, Oliver Twist and The Hired Man for Bolton Octagon Theatre, Behud for Soho Theatre, and Canterbury Tales for Northern Broadsides.
Voting is open until 30th September, and is open to all members of the theatre industry, and can be accessed via the TTA website at
Other awards within the TTAs include: The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Building & Set Construction, The Hire Company of the Year Award, The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Wardrobe, and The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Wigs & Makeup.