ABTT: The Association of British Theatre Technicians
The ABTT is the membership organisation upholding standards in technical excellence and safety for theatre and live performance. It seeks to continuously advance technical expertise in theatre and live performance and work with its membership to develop and promote best practice in all relevant crafts and disciplines. We provide technical advice, consultations, training and are a vital resource to those working in the technical theatre industry. We are governed by our Memorandum & Articles of Association.
In 1961, the Association was started with a small enthusiastic group… whose main purpose is to raise technical standards in the theatre by collecting and making available information concerning theatre planning, stage machinery, lighting and sound equipment, acoustic, scenery construction, stage management and all aspects of presentation. The Association provides a forum for discussion among theatre technicians through the publication of a newsletter and through regular meetings…the Association is not a trade union nor does it confer on members any professional status.
From these early beginnings, the Association’s membership rose to around 250 by the mid 60′s: 1970 stood at 400: Today the membership is around 2,000 and rising.
The Association has special interest groups such as Safety, IT, Theatre Planning, Design & Archaeology . These groups have shaped the industry in a vital way with the their advice & publications. London & Regional branches regularly hold meetings where members have the opportunity to exchange opinions and information.
ABTT Theatre Show
The ABTT Theatre Show is an exhibition where between 100 and 150 suppliers relating to live performance technology engage with those responsible for delivery in the world of theatre, events, festivals, sport, film and TV. A range of peripheral activities are presented to support the exhibition, which is a well established annual networking opportunity for the technical community.
The exhibition features over 100 companies, including new exhibitors for 2019. The event will include:
- Future trends in design, technology and safety. Symposium presented by Wenger with Guest Speaker Oliver Leigers, BGVC1 Accredited International Safety Inspector. Symposium includes presentations from the following:
- JR Clancy
- Black Cat Music
- J&C Joel
- Audio demonstration from Sound Technology
- Audio demonstration by HD Pro/L’Acoustics in the refurbished Alexandra Palace Theatre
- Clear-Com presentation looking at networked intercoms on musicals
- Free Vectorworks training sessions
- Zero 88 hands-on introduction and training sessions designed to familiarise you with the operation of the FLX family consoles.
- Free specialist equipment training and tutorials from TAIT and ETC
- ABTT Technical standards updates
- HSE – Important sessions on Fundamental legal duties for employers
- Tax advice from Tony Lennon from BECTU
- The Climate Emergency Declaration Pack – Presentation from SiPA
- Chris Higgs on the latest standards on LOLER, TC433, ICoPER
- Recruitment Opportunities
- One Night Only – In Loyal Company – performance from David William Bryan at Alexandra Palace Theatre
Outboard and Sound Technology: Immersive Audio with TiMax and JBL VTX A8:
Out Board will present an exhilarating sampler of TiMax immersive audio soundscapes along with panoramic and 3D spatialised music playback, using a multi-channel immersive sound system of JBL’s VTX A8 line array and AE Compact point source loudspeakers.
There will also be updates on some of the latest TiMax innovations including the new mighty HARDCore FPGA spatial processing engine for TiMax SoundHub, and the groundbreaking new TiMax TrackerD4 all-purpose performer tracking system. Sound Technology will demonstrate the VTX A8 system including the latest hardware accessory products and updates to the Line Array Calculator and ArrayLink software applications.
Implementing L-Acoustics into the Theatre Sound Environment:
A presentation of how L-Acoustics worked alongside integrator, HD Pro Audio, to design and install the Alexandra Palace Theatre Sound System. Including listening demonstration of the KARA front of house sound system and presentation on utilising the P1 Processor in a theatre, on a day to day basis.
Presented by Jeff Woodford – L-Acoustics Application Engineer, Install – United Kingdom, Ireland and Andy Huffer of HD Pro Audio.
Technical Solution Providers – New Responsibilities:
As cultural organisations begin to declare a climate emergency, what actions can we as technical solution providers to the live production industry do to support the transition to an economy that is regenerative by design?
During this informal meeting, a number of SiPA advocates will outline the framework of a circular economy, presenting a few examples – based on recent research – that show our industry’s transition to a renewably powered, restorative economic model.
The talk will then be moderated as a debate on what is being achieved, what are the barriers and enablers to driving forward this transition.
SMA / ABTT: Open Meeting of the Prompt Desk Working Group:
This follows a very positive meeting in April when the ergonomics, DSE compliance, and fitness for purpose of many current prompt desks and prompt corner sites was discussed by a broad group of interested industry partners.
We have received sketches, plans and ideas for improving prompt corner and desk design and layout from SMs concerned about deficiencies in many current desks.
Our consultant and manufacturing colleagues are also excited about the challenge and have been coming up with new ideas and concepts as well.
After discussions on H&S since the April meeting, we will welcome notes and input from health and safety specialists experienced on compliance for DSE equipment and workstations (DSE regulations and recommendations do generally apply to prompt desks).
We are also keen to develop specs. for decent monitors for prompt desks and cueing purposes, proper fully adjustable seating, and standards for flexibility and ergonomic design and calling of shows, plus to learn about products and kit which would be suitable for use with or incorporation into prompt desks.
We would like this meeting to be an opportunity to share ideas, plans, sketches and design thoughts, and to continue to explore ways to develop a design brief for prompt desks in the 21st century, moving our project on to develop specific designs and specs. suitable to be used as guidance for ABTT technical standards and (and SMA guidance and endorsement) for new desks, as well as refits and refurbs in theatres and live event venues– creating a safer, more compliant and comfortable working environment for DSMs and showcallers in the future. All are welcome.
Attle Costumiers to Exhibit at ABTT Theatre Show:
Attle Costumiers Ltd
As a company, Attle Costumiers was established in 2009. In 2014 they purchased the entire stock of the costume hire company ‘Wear Wimbledon’, some 50,000 costumes. This included the stock from the ITV drama ‘The Bill’ which they added to their already extensive collection. They have now been in their present premises in the Brooklands area of Weybridge for 2 years having been formally based in Wimbledon. Their hire department is flourishing, having hired to the BBC, Channel 4, Young Vic, National Theatre, The Rose Theatre Kingston and the Bond film ‘Spectre’, amongst many others.
In their workroom Attle Costumiers have made costumes for many productions, including: The Lion King (Disney, Europe and UK); Les Misérables, Dirty Dancing (Europe and UK); Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The King and I (Royal Albert Hall), Saturday Night Fever, Guys and Dolls, Far Pavilions, Grand Hotel, Shrek, Ghost, Batman (arena tour) and Footloose. As well as working with English National Ballet, English National Opera, The Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.
Managing Director & Costume Designer
As managing director and resident designer of Attle Costumiers, Jamie brings a wealth of knowledge and years of experience.
Since graduating from Wimbledon School of Art with a degree in Costume Making, Jamie has designed, cut and made costumes for many shows and prestigious organisations.
His costume design credits include: Aladdin (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, 2016) Savage (Above the Arts);The Fellowship (The Hen and Chickens Theatre); Jack and the Beanstalk (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, 2015); The Wind in the Willows & Dorothy (Waterloo East); Snow White (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, 2014); Cinderella (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, 2013); Aladdin (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, 2012); Jack and the Beanstalk (Co-designer, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, 2011); La Traviata and The Magic Flute (Diva Opera); The Devil’s Blues, Dancing That Dance, The Front Line and And Finally… (ballet choreography by Daniel Jones, Linbury Theatre); Men in Tights (Granada Television); Dangerous Nights (Jermyn Street Theatre); Dracula (Canizaro Open Air Theatre); Kev and Babe (Tour) and several film shorts.
ROBE: Free RoboSpot Follow-Spot System Training:
Robe Lighting is proud to showcase the revolutionary RoboSpot follow spot system at ABTT and is offering training sessions with four systems kindly sponsored by CEG. Sessions will be held at the Robe stand at 11am, 12pm, 3pm and 4pm on Thursday 6th June, will be focused on the set-up and operation of the system.
The RoboSpot follow spot system allows follow spot operators to remotely control up to 12 fixtures simultaneously without the safety concerns and impracticality of placing personnel at the top of venues such as stadiums, indoor arenas, concert halls, theatres, TV and film sets. Stunning visual displays are now possible with as many as 12 perfectly synchronised fixtures following a performer across the stage.
TAIT: Entertainment Automation Training: Intro to iQ powered by Navigator
iQ combines the power of TAIT Navigator with an intuitive interface that simplifies the user experience of operating and programming a show. In this fun and interactive session, you will use a TAIT Polaris console to automate scenery on a virtual stage in our 3D practice theatre. By the end of this session, you will have the confidence to:
- Jog scenery
- Move scenery to a specific position or for a specific distance
- Create time-saving position presets
- Program a cue
Clear-Com: Present a Collaborative Discovery Experience
Vinnie Macri (Clear-Com) and Jason Crystal (Hamilton), discuss the transition from analog to digital intercom, best practices for implementation, and how to scale intercom systems for large musicals like Hamilton.
Benefits to IP Intercoms
- Streamlined cable infrastructure
- Simplified system configuration and assignments
- Leverage different systems to expand PL intercom network
- Large disparate groups of PL can be connected over any distance
- Improve workflow and communication clarity
This show is a bit different. It is about the community of technical experts who deliver live performance at their annual gathering to network, to discuss, to discover and to develop. It is a shop front for many suppliers of goods and services, who over the year, stand to benefit from the exposure they have with this community. It is all about the exhibitor to exhibitor connection, the visitor to visitor connection and the visitor to exhibitor connection. The networking in the industry along with the sharing of information and opportunity lies at the core of The ABTT Theatre Show offer. Every year, our exhibitors present their latest products to the marketplace. The gathering of over 2,000 people at the show is the stimulus for many new product launches.
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