The Health and Safety Executive recommends that strobe lighting in clubs flashes at a maximum of four flashes per second
Epilepsy Society has reminded people whose seizures are triggered by flashing lights to take extra care as the winter season of parties and celebrations begins. Epilepsy Society’s consultant neurologist Dr Fergus Rugg-Gunn talks about ways to minimise your risk if you have photosensitive epilepsy.
The last quarter of the calendar year is crammed full of public celebrations including Halloween, Fireworks Night, Diwali, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. For anyone with photosensitive epilepsy, this can pose additional risk factors with flashing lights being very much part of the festive scene.
Dr Fergus Rugg-Gunn (right) said: ‘Photosensitive epilepsy is relatively rare affecting up to five per cent of people with epilepsy, but it can be very debilitating.
‘Flashing lights have become very much part of our culture but if the lights are flashing at between 3 and 30 flashes per second, they could potentially cause a problem for someone who is photosensitive. Most festive lights flash at around one herz (one flash per second) which is too low to pose a risk, but several circuits flashing together could increase the risk rate.
‘Many public venues such as theatres and concert halls are very much aware of this and are careful to ensure any lighting effects are within the safety guidelines. The Health and Safety Executive recommends that strobe lighting in clubs flashes at a maximum of four flashes per second.
‘But there are always cases of Christmas trees or other displays which do not comply and which may trigger a seizure.’
Other factors which may increase the risk of a seizure in those with photosensitivity include tiredness, stress, sitting too close to a tv or computer screen, light and dark patterns moving quickly or changing directions and watching a screen in a darkened room.
If someone is unexpectedly exposed to a trigger, covering one eye completely with their hand will help to reduce the photosensitive effect.
Health & Saftey is important not just for your crew but also the paying public, so we have provided some links below that may help:
Live Performance Australia
(LPA) LPA is the peak body for Australia’s live entertainment and performing arts industry. LPA’s activities centre around workplace relations, policy and strategy, and membership services and events. The LPA website includes useful links to industry codes and guidelines, including Safety Guidelines for the Entertainment Industry. Visit http://www.liveperformance.com.au
Epilepsy Action Australia
About photosensitive epilepsy
- 1 in 20 people with epilepsy has photosensitive epilepsy
- Photosensitive epilepsy first came to prominence in the 1950s and was known as television epilepsy but is more than a modern phenomenon
- Flashing lights between the frequencies of 3 and 30 hertz (flashes per second) are most likely to trigger a seizure in 60% of people with photosensitive epilepsy, but some may be sensitive outside this range
- Photosensitivity can also be hereditary. If a woman has photosensitive epilepsy, her children have a 25% chance of developing it
Look out Australia – 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL is coming next year. Dolly Parton today announced that the smash-hit West End musical will have its Australian Premiere at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in April 2020. Waitlist today to be the first to buy tickets at 9to5themusical.com.au – tickets are on sale from tomorrow, Friday 13 September.
This run-away success on the West End features a book by the iconic movie’s original screenwriter Patricia Resnick and an Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-nominated score by the Queen of Country herself, Dolly Parton including her much-loved hit song, 9 to 5!
9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL opened at London’s Savoy Theatre in January this year, initially for a 16 week season and surpassed all audience expectations. It has been extended multiple times and is now selling for an open ended run.
The show was embraced by critics, with the major dailies united in their support . . .
“A HILARIOUS COMEDY” – Daily Express
“PACKED WITH LAUGHS AS BIG AS DOLLY’S PERSONALITY” – Daily Mirror
“THIS IS ONE 9 TO 5 YOU’LL WANT TO DO AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN” – The Sun
“A WARM-HEARTED, FEMINIST RALLYING-CRY FOR A PINK-COLLAR REVOLUTION” – The Telegraph
“I am beyond excited to be bringing this show to Australia,” said Dolly Parton. “The response from the UK to 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL has been incredible. The overwhelmingly positive fan reaction to this universal story tickles every rhinestone on my body! I can’t wait for more people throughout Australia to have a good ole singalong, and the time of your life.”
The Australian premiere has been secured exclusively for Sydney by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW and will be a major drawcard for visitors to NSW.
“Dolly Parton is embedded in global pop culture, so I am delighted NSW has secured this Australian premiere of 9 to 5 The Musical.” Mr Ayres said. “Major events like this are crucial in helping to drive significant levels of visitation to our State, which in turn turbocharges local economies, generates jobs and drives investment. We anticipate that this season of 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL will attract more than 27,000 visitors to Sydney who will stay more than 73,800 nights and spend close to $23 million.”
9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL tells the story of Doralee, Violet and Judy, three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss. Concocting a plan to kidnap and turn the tables on their despicable supervisor, will the ladies manage to reform their office – or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit?
Inspired by the hit film and brought to you by Dolly Parton herself, this hilarious musical is about teaming up, standing up and taking care of business!
As well as the musical’s hit West End season, Dolly – who received both a Tony nomination and a Grammy nod for the original music she composed for its Broadway run in 2009 – has seen the musical travel around the world. The timeless story launched a North American tour in 2010-11, a UK tour in 2012-13 and again in 2017, a Brazilian tour in 2015, and a German tour in 2016 and again in 2018.
9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL is produced in Australia by John Frost, Suzanne Jones and Ambassador Theatre Group Productions.
Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture. Originally produced on Broadway by Robert Greenblatt, April 2009. Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited.
Venue Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star
Season From 21 April 2020
Performance Times Wed-Thu 7pm, Fri-Sat 7.30pm, Wed 1pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 1pm & 6pm
Prices: From $59.90 (Transaction fees apply)
Bookings: Tickets on sale from Friday 13 September at 4pm from
ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100
We are excited to announce the launch of CrewCare, a membership based charity established to improve all aspects of crew welfare in Australia.
The team that successfully brought you Roady4Roadies has been working in close consultation with leading industry figures and aligned organisations, collaborating with all areas of the industry for the benefit of those unseen and sometimes overlooked heroes in the music and entertainment industry… crew.
CrewCare is very proud to partner leading industry charity Support Act and will continue to raise desperately needed funds to assist crew in crisis and deliver programs for the betterment of everyone working in music and the creative arts.
CrewCare is now inviting all crewing personnel to join as voting members and have a say in the future of their industry. Drivers, Loaders, Runners, Ground Cover Crew, Scaffers, Riggers, Staging, Set & Construction, Caterers, Security, Backline, Barrier Crew, Audio, Lighting, Video, Pyro, in fact anyone involved in live entertainment production is welcome and gets to have their voice heard.
Anyone wishing to show their support is also welcomed. More information and membership can be found at www.crewcare.org.au
Online Entertainment Job Resource adds choice and simplicity for employers and job seekers associated with the Australian Entertainment Industry.
Backstagejobs.com.au vision is to fill that void and become the preferred location for employers and jobseekers to come for their employment needs, regardless of the type of entertainment industry work they perform.
“We aim to achieve this vision by providing a fast and simple website so all members of the industry have a convenient, central place to advertise and find employment opportunities in our fast and growing industry,” says Director.
The entertainment industry spans many diverse fields, from transportation (for equipment or staff), accommodation services, theatre and club venues, lighting, costumes and props, make-up artists, print and media outlets, advertising companies and music production.
Benefits for Employers
Advertise your employment vacancy to a targeted audience of job seekers, for a fraction of the price of other employment websites.
To post a job on backstagejobs.com.au for 30 days is FREE!
Some websites who do not specialise in the entertainment industry, charge upwards of $150 per single job listing.
All backstagejobs.com.au visitors are interested in show business employment.
“We offer free membership to all job seekers looking for work which includes access to our Work Wanted Classifieds, Forums, Backstage News and Bulletins. Also, if you only want an email then you can subscribe to our Jobs or news content.
“With over 8,000 site visits per month (and rising each month), you have a high chance that qualified, interested job seekers will read and apply for your position.”