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White Light Sets Sparkular Flying at ABTT Theatre Awards


The award-winning Sparkular.

The Association of British Theatre Technicians Theatre Awards 2017 took place on Tuesday 6th June, following the first day of the ABTT Theatre Show at Alexandra Palace, London. With drinks in the venue’s impressive Palm Court, followed by a ceremony in the Londesborough Room, the event provided the perfect opportunity for exhibitors and visitors to gather and celebrate the industry’s most innovative technology. Among the winners of the evening was Sparkular, which was the recipient of the Widget of the Year Award. The product was displayed on the White Light stand, with the company being an official distributor.

Sparkular offers a phenomenal indoor fireworks display without the firework risks. It has taken pyrotechnics to the most innovative levels possible as it contains no explosive or hazardous content. There is the ability to control duration and height as well as create stunning displays which synchronise with music. There is also the option to create displays with multiple machines, all of which can be controlled by one remote control.


WL’s Mark Morley accepting the award.

On announcing Sparkular as the recipient of the Widget of the Year Award, the ABTT judges commented: “Often the Widget goes to an unobtrusive, almost subtle, product. That said, it is always a product that becomes an invaluable tool to the technician working in live performance. The ABTT Widget Award 2017 winner will certainly assist the technician by enabling a much safer approach to the realisation of an effect but it is by no means subtle! The DMX controlled Sparkular, which was displayed by WL, produces high spark effects, similar to those witnessed with pyrotechnics and industrial angle grinding. Despite this, there are no explosive materials used to create the effect, and therefore no hot fall out, making the effect suitable for a wide range of environments and situations”.

Mark Morley, WL’s Business Development Manager, comments: “We were absolutely delighted to be this year’s recipient of the ABTT Widget Award. Sparkular is a product that, as soon as we saw it, we knew we wanted to add it to our extensive inventory. It’s a revolutionary piece of equipment in the sense that it offers all of the spectacular effects of pyrotechnics yet does so in a completely safe manner, removing the additional precautions usually required”.


Sparkular in action at this year’s BRIT Awards at the O2 Arena. 

As one of the few companies distributing Sparkular, this means that WL has the opportunity to offer exclusive deals on this ground-breaking product. Mark adds: “The feedback we received from both ABTT and PLASA Leeds was how impressive the product is and the sheer amazement of how something so compact can produce such dazzling effects. As we have a whole range of Sparkulars available for both hire and purchase, we are in a position to provide those interested with offers that simply aren’t available anywhere else”.

This year marked the 39th year that WL has exhibited at the ABTT Theatre Show, with the company being the only exhibitor to have been present at every single show.

Bryan Raven, WL’s Managing Director, comments: “This was another successful show and ABTT seems to have found the perfect home at Alexandra Palace. It was great to catch up with old friends, make new contacts and, of course, display an innovation product that is now recognised as award-winning”.

Photos courtesy of ABTT and Sparks-fx.