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Props Workshop

Saturday 28th September: Props Making Workshop

Venue: Tring Park School for the Performing Arts

Time: 10:00-16:00

Join Jo from Flints for a prop-making and scenic effects discovery workshop. The day will be split into 2 sessions with an option to attend just one half, but we strongly recommend you sign up for both sessions.

"Wand-Making with Worbla" will be the focus of the morning, where you will discover the many uses of the versatile thermoplastics within the worbla range, and the joys of laminating with other foams such as Plastazote for extra strength.

In the afternoon "Highlights of Haussmann" will take centre stage as we will get hands on with how to achieve professional effects with simple techniques using HatoDesign, HatoRust, and Haussmann’s Crackle Glaze. If you’ve attended the morning workshop, we will give you an opportunity to decorate your "wand".

Both sessions will offer hands-on opportunities, and if you attend both, you will have a prop to take away with you at the end.

Lunch will be provided by STSG. This workshop is free for STSG members.

Booking details sent by email to members. Contact the Group Administrator for a booking link. Limited spaces remaining.

Health & Safety Offer

We are pleased to offer a professional Health & Safety consultancy service as a new STSG membership benefit.

This service is provided by RB Health & Safety, who are specialists in theatre safety.

The benefit consists of FREE email/telephone advice to STSG members + 10% discount on in-house training and audit services.

Members will receive more information directly. Details can be found in our Shared Folder.

Conference 2020

We are pleased to confirm that our next conference will take place on Saturday 15th February 2020 at Ampleforth College near York.

In complete contrast to the brand-new theatre we attended in 2019, Ampleforth's 1910 theatre is possibly the oldest purpose-built school theatre in the country. Ampleforth is located north of York in the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors, just 25-min drive from Thirsk on the A1 motorway.

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 the school, plus overnight accommodation in the school's recently-built conference boarding house.

Confirmed sponsors include Stage Electrics, White Light and AC Entertainment Technologies.

Booking now open. Details sent to members by email. Please contact the Group Administrator for a booking link.

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TBA (March/April 2020): IOSH Working Safely for Theatre

This specially designed 1-day course for Theatre Health and Safety was last provided by STSG in 2017. The formal assessed course includes methods of working safely, defining hazards and risk, identifying common hazards, improving safety performance and protecting the environment.

Details to be arranged. Watch this space!

Conference 2019

40 members met on Saturday 16th February at The Perse School in Cambridge for our tenth annual conference.

The day featured a busy programme of workshops and seminars 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.

You can follow the event via our Twitter feed, using the hashtag #STSG2019 .


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ABTT Technical Training


ABTT's Bronze, Silver and Gold professional development awards for technicians are available every summer in Coventry and elsewhere in the country at other times.

Please visit the ABTT website for details of the next available courses.

Health & Safety Training


We partner with RB Health & Safety Solutions to provide essential Health & Safety services to members, including free telephone/email consultancy, plus discounts on audits and training. STSG also runs training courses for members, including 'Fire Marshal for Theatre' (October 2017) and IOSH 'Working Safely for Theatre' (March 2017).

If you would like to host a training course, or have specific training needs, please contact us.

Members can find details of the STSG services in our shared area.

Affiliation with ABTT


Since June 2014 the STSG is affiliated as a sub-committee of the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT), giving us wider recognition as an organisation and also raising awareness of theatre work within schools.

We are continuing to operate independently with our own Constitution and Committee, but we will be adhering to the principles and objectives of the ABTT.

STSG membership is separate to ABTT membership, although joining both organisations is encouraged. A joint membership option is available.