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.

The most recent STSG Conference took place on Friday 16th - Sunday 18th February 2018 at Uppingham School, Rutland.

It was our ninth conference, having run 8 successful conferences since 2008. This year was our first-ever 3 day event.

The Saturday featured a busy programme of workshops and seminars with lunch included and drinks in the Theatre Bar to finish. The day was followed by a special dinner at Uppingham School.

Workshops were provided by our industry sponsors and other invited speakers. There were also the usual opportunities to network with other members and the company reps/exhibitors.

Performance Support Award Symposium

This year we held an open symposium on the Friday afternoon before the main conference. This focused on the STSG Performance Support Award, and included an in-depth talk-through of the scheme, plus a look at our moderation and assessment plans. There was also be a chance to ask questions and share examples of the Award in use. The symposium was attended by 20 members.

Members can find the notes from the day on our Members' Website.

Conference Workshops/Exhibitors

  • Hawthorn
    The day started with a bang! - A demonstration of pyro by Le Maitre , courtesy of Hawthorn.

  • White Light
    Next, West End and international lighting designer, Charlie Morgan Jones, gave a design seminar, courtesy of White Light.

  • Stage Electrics
    After lunch, Stage Electrics presented a seminar on Electrical Safety in Small Venues. A copy of the presentation can be found on the Members' Website.

  • AC Entertainment Technologies
    To finish the day, AC-ET gave a demonstration of projection technology for the stage, with a chance to get hands-on. A copy of the presentation can be found on the Members' Website.

  • Charcoalblue
    Also in attendance, theatre consultants Charcoalblue offered 2 drop-in sessions to discuss refurbishments and "making the best of it".

  • ABTT
    Robin Townley, CEO of the ABTT joined us all day, as well as giving an update on the latest H&S matters and Codes of Practice.

  • Illuminate Design - Exhibitor.

  • Philips Entertainment Lighting - Sponsor.

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

Rigging training / Hawthorn visit

This year we were very pleased to be able to include a day at Hawthorn Theatrical, who are based nearby at Old Dalby, Melton Mowbray. In addition to their sponsorship, Hawthorn kindly agreed to hold a day of rigging training, including details of maintenance and LOLER regs, plus plenty of hands-on time in their warehouse with all sorts of rigging kit. Hawthorn provided a light buffet lunch, and there was also an opportunity to tour around their warehouse facilities.

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Conference 2018