Unveiling the Spine-Chilling Halloween Spectacle at “Fonmon Castle”

Fonmon Castle, Just outside Cardiff, shrouded in a centuries-old enigma, bore witness to an unforgettable Halloween Scare Trail that stretched across a spectral 1km journey, beckoning visitors into a realm of chilling enchantment and supernatural intrigue. As the moon cast an ominous glow over the ancient stone walls, our team of spectral artisans summoned an ethereal tapestry of lights and sounds, weaving a tale of otherworldly apparitions and ghostly whispers that echoed through the night.

A ghoulishly laid 1km of cable snaked through the castle’s sprawling grounds, guiding the brave souls willing to venture into the heart of darkness. Our collection of sinister Cameo B200 Floods, the ghostly Cameo FlatPar Pro 12‘ pars, and the spectral SGM P-6 Floods bathed the path in an eerie glow, revealing the hidden terrors that lurked in the shadows. The enigmatic Cameo Q-Spot 40i’s and the haunting Cameo Xnode’s, recently unearthed from our spectral arsenal, conjured visions of flickering specters and ethereal phantoms, intensifying the haunting allure of the night.

Harnessing the supernatural powers of QLAB 5, our spectral puppet masters orchestrated a symphony of light and sound, guiding visitors through a labyrinth of spine-tingling horrors and ghostly apparitions. The echoes of phantom footfalls and the wails of long-forgotten spirits, meticulously curated by Stage Sound Services, ensured that every step along the 1km Halloween Scare Trail at Fonmon Castle was an encounter with the unknown.

As the mist enveloped the castle and the night deepened, the Halloween Scare Trail at Fonmon Castle unraveled a tale of ancient curses and spectral whispers, leaving an indelible mark on all who dared to venture through its haunted paths. With this hauntingly memorable event behind us, we are inspired to continue conjuring immersive storytelling experiences, infusing every encounter with a touch of the supernatural and a whisper of the unknown.

Stay tuned for more updates and a glimpse behind the veil of our upcoming projects, as we continue to craft spine-chilling tales and bring the mysteries of the night to life.

A Glimpse Behind the Scenes of “Lizzie” at Hope Mill Theatre

Manchester’s beloved Hope Mill Theatre has once again graced the stage with a mesmerising production, and we couldn’t be prouder to play a pivotal role in bringing this theatrical marvel to life. Just as we illuminated the success of “Rose,” we are thrilled to take you on a journey behind the curtains of Hope Mill Theatre’s latest sensation, “Lizzie.”

About “Lizzie”

In the heart of Manchester, “Lizzie” is a musical inspired by the infamous true story of Lizzie Borden, a young woman from Fall River, Massachusetts, who became notorious in the late 19th century due to her alleged involvement in the gruesome axe murders of her father and stepmother. The musical delves into the complex psychology of Lizzie and explores themes of love, betrayal, and redemption in the backdrop of a chilling mystery. With a powerful rock score and captivating storytelling, “Lizzie” promises to leave audiences on the edge of their seats. The production features four talented leading ladies who bring the central characters to life, creating a rich tapestry of emotions and intrigue.

The Debut of Our New Robe Tetra2 Bars

But there’s an exciting twist to our involvement in “Lizzie.” We are thrilled to announce that this production marks the debut of our brand-new Robe Tetra2 bars. These cutting-edge lighting fixtures, carefully selected by renowned Lighting Designer Andrew Exeter, have been chosen to illuminate “Lizzie” in a way that has never been seen before.

Robe Tetra2 bars represent the latest innovation in theatrical lighting technology. With their versatility, precision, and stunning visual effects, these fixtures promise to elevate the audience’s experience to new heights. We are proud to have “Lizzie” as the inaugural production where our Robe Tetra2 bars take centre stage, quite literally.

Setting the Stage with Cutting-Edge Sound and Video from Stage Sound Services

Sound is the heartbeat of any theatrical experience, and for “Lizzie,” we’ve partnered with our sister company, Stage Sound Services. Their cutting-edge sound equipment, has been instrumental in ensuring that every note, every spoken word, and every sound effect is delivered with impeccable clarity and precision.

Stage Sound Services boasts a legacy of excellence in providing high quality audio and video solutions for the theatre and live entertainment industry. Their commitment to sonic perfection aligns seamlessly with our mission to deliver the best possible experience to audiences.

Taking “Lizzie” to Iconic Venues

From the historic stages of London’s West End to the grand theatres of cities like Manchester, Birmingham, and Edinburgh, this sensational production will share its electrifying storytelling, powerful score, and captivating performances with audiences in some of the most renowned cultural hubs. As “Lizzie” takes its bow on the road, the excitement is set to travel far and wide. After its captivating run from Friday 1 to Saturday 30 September 2023 at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester, “Lizzie” is scheduled to visit the Dukes Lancaster from 5 to 8 October, Junction Goole from 12 to 14 October, Trinity Arts Centre from 17 to 21 October, and New Theatre Peterborough from 6 to 16 December. The show will also have an Off West End run at Southwark Playhouse Elephant from 26 October to 2 December.

Don’t miss your chance to experience “Lizzie” in these iconic venues. Get your tickets now and be part of this electrifying journey through history and mystery.

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Photos beautifully captured by talented Pamela Raith.

Throwback Thursdays! – HAY Festival 2022

It was great to be back at Hay Festival after 3 years away due to the pandemic. 

Once again working alongside Stage Sound Services, we have supplied a complete technical package for the 5 venues at the festival, along with supplying Sky Arts with a rigging and technician package for their pop up studio onsite. 

This package includes Avolites dimming, Electronic Theatre Controls consoles, Milos and Total Solutions Group truss structures, full compliment of fixtures and complete project management with a onsite project manager onsite for the duration of the build.

If you’re interested in hiring any of the equipment above please get in touch!

Zoo Venues & C Venues in Edinburgh Fringe 2022

Stage Lighting Services Ltd have been supplying equipment to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for over 15 years!

Zoo Venues is one of the leading venue management companies on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. with two thriving theatres at the heart of the Festival.

ZOO Southside is one of the Fringe’s most established venues, located on busy Nicolson Street. Its beautiful main house, featuring one of the largest stages on the Fringe, hosts our enviable dance and physical theatre programme. While the venue also boasts an intimate cabaret bar and an excellent studio.

C Venues aims and purpose are cultural and educational. They seek to showcase the best artistic and creative work. At the heart of what they aim to achieve is to create an environment where creativity can flourish, where people can learn from each other and develop their skills and mutual understanding, where diversity is celebrated, where participants and audiences are enriched culturally, and where participation is accessible and inclusive for all.

For more information on C Venues and their program fro Edinburgh Fringe 2022, please click here

Zoo Venues & C Venues equipment spec. for 2022 includes Steeldeck StagingTheatrical DrapesAvolites Dimmers, ETC Ion & Colousource 40 AV Lighting Desks, Lighting and Power Distribution. And Sound and Video from Stage Sound Services.

Event organiser: Zoo Venues, C Venues

Are you planning your next event? If you would like us to create a custom truss structure or Staging design. Please contact us

Living Wage Employer

We know that times are difficult for millions of people across the UK and around the world right now, as the cost of living crisis continues. That’s why back in April we restructured our pay scales and made the commitment to our staff to become a real Living Wage Employer. Which is why we are delighted to announce that we have now been formally accredited as a real Living Wage Employer!

If you’re interested in working with us, we currently have 3 positions that we are looking to fill. Head over to Indeed for full details:-

Kartfest 2022

The day we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived….. Backup – The Technical Entertainment Charity KARTFEST!!

We’ve entered a team again this year and are looking to improve on previous years performances!

After long discussions about previous performances & ways to improve we decided to take the race wear a little bit more seriously and go with vests, to save on the sleeves flapping in the wind, however seems the race team didn’t get that memo though!

To learn more about how the Backup charity supports members of our industry click on the link, and donate to this worthy cause! https://www.backuptech.uk/

2022 Race Team – Phil Hurley, Sam Lawrence, Steve Toozer, Dave Clarke, Andrew Hicks, Andrew Davis

Hay Winter Festival 2019

After the success of the Hay Summer Festival, we were asked provide equipment for the Hay Winter Festival 2019.


The Hay Winter Festival Weekend 2019 has been running for twenty years. It’s a smaller version of the main festival with events taking place in venues in the town. The 2019 Festival was the biggest and most high-profile yet.

The town’s atmospheric market square is a focus of festivities. On the Friday, the Hay Christmas lights are turned on, transforming the town into a winter wonderland brimming with festive cheer. Accompanied by carol singing, readings and evening entertainment.

On the Saturday, Hay Food Festival celebrates all that’s good about winter cooking. This included over 50 stalls showcasing the very best of local produce, from savoury to sweet.

The Hay Market Square transformed into a festive outdoor artisan market. With a wide range of traders offering a diverse collection of local arts and crafts. Get ahead with your Christmas shopping here.

Equipment we provided included:

Steeldeck Staging, Pipe & Drape, Rigging, Power and Distribution, MVS Hazers, Lighting and Event Lighting.

We also had help from Stage Sound Services who provided Sound and Video for the event.

Are you planning your next event? If so, would you like us to create a custom truss structure or Staging design?Please contact us