One of Thailand’s largest cultural shows, with a 3,000 seat theater. AVC was involved with the automation, lighting and sound for the Vegas style show.
It was 20 years ago that Wally Sudik and Robin Plant joined forces after the successful completion of SE Asia’s largest theater - Phuket FantaSea - a 3,000 seat Las Vegas style show set in the jungle of Kamala. "It was hard to imagine who might come to see a show of this size in such a remote area," says Wally, “but little did we know that just a few years ahead, Phuket would explode into a frenzy of development.” Robin adds: “The plan was to come here and install a show and train staff to operate it, but there was no school or college in Thailand that trained technical staff to operate such a complex show. So the show was the school, and we trained 300-400 staff to run it. The challenge was immense, and the systems installed then, still operate daily today, two decades later.
Wally attended Carnegie Mellon and Robin studied at The Bristol Old Vic in the UK, both gaining diplomas in technical theatre. “After the show was up and running, I went back to work in the West End” says Robin “It was during this point I realised that London life was no longer for me, sold everything, and came back to Phuket”. Wally meanwhile spent his time exploring the rest of Thailand by motorbike, and was in no rush to return home and continue working for his old company, MagiCraft studios, even though he was making illusions for the likes of David Copperfield! It was safe to say that both had recognized Thailand offered a better quality of life, a chance to turn away from the burn out careers of show business.