About us


International production
management for touring musicians
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ased in London & Somerset. Since 2002, we’ve toured the world producing shows for artists like Sigur Rós, Leftfield, The Darkness, and Grace Jones. Reviewing her 2008 show at Royal Festival Hall, the Independent noted ‘production and attention to detail are breathtaking.’

In 2017 we are proud to have taken on the role of Area Organizer for Glastonbury Festival Other Stage.

Later this year, The Darkness, who we manage, release their fifth studio album, with Cooking Vinyl. They are in the studio recording prior to their sold out Australia and New Zealand tour, which starts in April.

We continue to work on BJÖRK DIGITAL, the Icelandic star’s virtual reality exhibitions in LA, Mexico City, and Barcelona, in partnership with Immersive Audio.

We’ve provided business and production management services for Shirley Collins’s Lodestar special events in Spring 2017.

And we carry on consulting to Universal Music on their live business in London.

Chris Taplin & Polly Marshall Taplin
Somerset March 2017

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Chris Taplin

An arts graduate with professional experience as a musician, he was signed to 4AD, Virgin and Heavenly Records, before becoming MD for Ruby (Creation Records). He has subsequently progressed into tour, production and artist management, working with a roster of artists, including Tricky, Fun Lovin Criminals, Judas Priest, Muse, Morcheeba and New Order before starting Shooting Star Productions.

Polly Marshall Taplin

Oxford graduate, Sussex postgraduate. As founder of Do Tongues, she won Arts Council awards for her work in beat literature. She’s Kathy Acker’s Pirate Pol, as a baby sat on Jimi Hendrix’s knee, and her Mum is folksinger Shirley Collins MBE. Since starting Shooting Star, Polly has toured extensively with Chris and produced Patti Smith’s residency at Charleston, Sussex. Author of produced plays Phoebe, and Allegra, and biographer of Arthur Brown.

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