The Original Ringmaster is back in town

When the Philip Astley Projects CIC were looking for an AV company to celebrate the legacy of Newcastle-under-Lyme’s famous son in a brand-new visitor centre, they turned to PH Productions to evoke the sights and sounds of the circus. The challenge was to emulate the unique feel Astley’s modern circus audiences have experienced for centuries, with a bang up to date and interactive audio-visual system installation. The Philip Astley Centre tells the story of The Original Showman, from his Riding School, Amphitheatre and Classis Circus into contemporary performances, spilling out into shows, fairground, art and literature. Breathing new life into the town’s cultural scene, a derelict property has been transformed into an awe-inspiring circus themed exhibition space with workshops, classes, talks, lectures, film showings and close performance. PH worked with the Philip Astley Centre team through the design process, to bring technical installation of sound, lighting and video, to reflect the “Father of the Modern Circus’s” innovative approach. Utilising the latest technology from Yamaha, Avolite, Chauvet, EV and Epson, PH have delivered a creative, interactive sound and visual experience to capture visitors’ imaginations. From the initial spark of ideas, design, testing, installing, programming and maintaining the full audio-visual installation, PH we excited to roll up, roll up their sleeves and engross themselves in bringing the magic of the modern circus, to a whole new modern audience.

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A well themed, multi functional venue that tells the story of local born Philip Astley and local connections within the circus and event industries. A space to use for film shows, workshops and talks.


Approximately 9 months from design to delivery working with multiple sub contractors with the architects and local authority.


We collaborated from the design stage, bringing onboard a designer experienced in the theme-park, visitor attraction industries and worked with the team to meet the requirements of the visitor centre and whilst building in planned future expansion to the project. Supplying the latest state of the art equipment to support the planned operation of the centre.


I was introduced to Pete Herbert of PH Productions that runs a highly successful events management company based in Newcastle-under-Lyme who has designed and fitted a marvelous professional AV System for our centre and has become a highly valued team member through close collaboration. Arthur Barnard Chair, Philip Astley Projects CIC


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