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Mars – The Live Experience

Austage Events successfully delivered all production services for the Mars – The Live Experience tour at all three locations of Melbourne Town Hall, The Hordern Pavilion and ANU Llewellyn Hall.

Presented by National Geographic Live and produced by Dean Francis of JJ Splice Films with event design and technical direction by Daniel Morgan of Austage Events Sydney.

Featuring Buzz Aldrin, NASA’s Jason Crusan, ESA’s Prof Mark McCaughrean, AstroKatie – Katie Mack, Richard de Crespigny and host Ray Martin

The show featured 4:1 aspect ratio 12m x 2.5m blended projection screen driven by Barco E2 Screen management system with custom content projected by Barco HDX projectors plus a Four HD camera shoot with multiple image magnification on screen at the same time.

The cinematic screen was supported by a new DVA T8 line array sound system that had more than enough power for the larger venues producing clear vocals and an overwhelming sound of a rocket lifting off.

Daniel also created a simple and effective lighting design for the shows and was kept busy operating each show on a Chamsys MQ80.




Melbourne Town Hall, The Hordern Pavilion & ANU Llewellyn Hall




Jayson De Abreu, Director, Austage Events

Jayson De Abreu


Jayson has been in the Audio-Visual Industry for over 20 years. Throughout Australia and across the Asia Pacific Region, there are not many premier venues that he has not worked in.

Starting as a junior technician in the first Austage warehouse on Mitchell Road Jayson has had the pleasure of witnessing and contributing to the Austage Events business as it grew from its early beginnings, to the national brand it is today. Jayson has literally lived and breathed live events for most of his life. Having been raised in and around the theatre industry as a child, watching his parents Joe and Colleen work across all the theatres in Sydney. From his family’s deep history in theatre and audio-visual events, Jayson has seen the technology shift from the days of Slide Projection and Graphic Sets through to the Ultra High Definition realm of projection and mapping we find ourselves in today. Supported by excellent teams of technicians (his brothers in arms) in each office across Australia, Jayson has the rewarding job of working with Australia’s leading minds in the Event Industry.

He is grateful and proud of the diligent work achieved by all Austage Events employees, maintaining the high standards set by his mentor and father Joe De Abreu. Jayson passionately supports Chelsea Football Club and loves his Holden V8s.