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GDS Sweep the Board at ABTT 2011

GDS Sweep the Board at ABTT 2011

TT AwardGDS recently exhibited at the ABTT show for its fifth consecutive year. The two day show at London's Royal Horticultural Halls was jam-packed with exciting events for the innovative manufacturer. It saw GDS win the ABTT Lighting Award of the Year, become the sponsor of the new Student of the Year Award for The Stage Managers Association and collect its Theatres Trust People's Choice Award which was won at PLASA 2010.

ABTT is an annual event and is always a successful show for GDS, this year proved no different with lots of interest in its new ArcSystem and bespoke Stage Mangers desk SMConsole from installers, theatres and end users.

Richard Cuthbert, Director of Engineering comments on ABTT 2011: -

“This is our fifth year of exhibiting at ABTT, it is a fantastic show for us and a great opportunity to meet end users, customers and most importantly theatre consultants who have valuable input in to our product development”.

The ABTT Lighting Product of the Year Award was given to GDS for ArcSystem, its new LED house-light system. The award was presented to Richard ABTT AwardCuthbert, Director of Engineering for GDS at a ceremony in the iconic Art Deco Grade II listed building. The judges were impressed by the wireless dimming performance of ArcSystem, a bespoke fitting manufactured for new-build and retrofit existing tungsten lighting in auditoria and front of house locations.

Richard Cuthbert also picked up the People's Choice award from the Theatres Trust stand at the show. The award was given to BluesSystem LED performance working light system. BlueSystem was nominated for the Award alongside prominent manufacturers including, ETC, Philips Vari' Light, Whitelight, I-Pix, JB Lighting, Robert Juliat and Prism Projection Inc. The People's Choice award was developed to highlight technologies designed to improve the environmental footprint of theatres and was voted for by industry professionals visiting the PLASA show. It was presented to GDS for the product that demonstrated the most significant improvement in sustainable theatre technology.

The Stage Managers Association also held an awards ceremony where GDS were the proud sponsors of the new Student of the Year Award, the award was given to Charlotte Archer from the Mount View Academy for Theatre Arts and the Runner up was Catherine Lewis from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. There were eight students on the final shortlist, the judges were very excited at the level of new talent entering the industry and commented that it was an extremely difficult decision to choose the winners as the standards were so high.

GDS is a multi-award winning UK Manufacturer with a diverse range of technology-based products. Based in Bristol with offices in the US, GDS specialises in lighting and control solutions and has seven innovative brands in its product portfolio. In addition GDS has recently launched a special projects division offering a manufacturing solution for any one off application for entertainment, television, corporate and permanent installation.

For more information visit or call the UK sales team on 0117 3250063.

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