Our annual conference takes place every February at a member school. The Saturday event consists of a busy day of workshops, seminars and networking, followed by a semi-formal dinner. Several industry suppliers attend with a small exhibition of products and services, and networking with other delegates and sponsors is always an important part of the day. Workshops are varied, with a mix of technical and non-technical subjects, catering for all levels of skills and knowledge. Delegate places are subsidised by our generous sponsors, and accommodation is included in the price.

Our next conference will take place on Saturday 16th February 2019 at The Perse School, Cambridge.

For our tenth conference this year we will be hosted by The Perse Upper School in Cambridge at their brand-new Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre.

The day will feature a busy programme of workshops and seminars with lunch included, running from 9am–5pm. This will be followed by a special dinner at a local hotel, plus overnight accommodation included.

Workshops will be provided by our industry sponsors and other invited speakers. As always, we will try to cater for a mix of subjects and knowledge levels. There will also be the usual opportunities to network with other members and the company reps/exhibitors. Based on feedback from last year's conference, we will introduce short, focused mini-group sessions to discuss school issues.

Cambridge is located in the East of England, with convenient transport links by road (M11) and rail (via London or Peterborough). The school is a short taxi ride or 1-mile walk from Cambridge station, and lifts can be provided to the hotel which is located about 10 miles from Cambridge.

How to attend

We aim to provide the conference at maximum value-for-money to allow as many members to attend as possible. This is only possible with the generous ongoing support of our industry sponsors. This year, the conference package remains under £100 including all workshops, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast.

Booking is now closed. Places can still be booked for the daytime only (£28).

Members, please contact the Group Administrator to book.

Conference Workshops/Exhibitors

The conference programme has now been sent to all delegates. The day will include a range of workshops, seminars and new mini-group sessions: - including rigging, electrical safety for events, virtual reality in theatre, lighting control and props making. There will also be a presentations about The Perse School's new Performing Arts Centre, GCSE/A Level tech support, Health & Safety, and Stage Management equipment.

  • AC Entertainment Technologies - 'Weighing the Balance' - A practical demonstration of the effects of moving weight on suspended truss, and how it can be monitored and controlled.

  • Charcoalblue - The Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre, The Perse School.

  • Flints - Hands-on prop making.

  • Hawthorn - Sponsor.

  • Illuminate Design - Sponsor.

  • Stage Electrics - Electrics for temporary and outside events. This informative presentation targeted at schools will look at responsibilities for setting-up power for temporary events in non-theatre spaces, marquees or outdoor stages; an approach to risk assessment and practical advice & tips.

  • White Light - 3D visualisation/Virtual Reality, with Preevue - An overview of the technology in general and how the use of visualisation within the theatre industry is increasing and changing.

  • Zero 88 - Lighting Control/Programming.

  • ABTT - Safety & Industry Updates.

More details about our sponsors can be found on the Supporters page.

Performance Support Award Symposium

Following the success of last year's meeting for the Performance Support Award, we will be holding this event again on Sunday 17th February, after the conference, at the conference hotel from 09:30-12:30. It is free for members to attend, but places must be confirmed in advance. Refreshments will be provided.

Conference 2018