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IOSH Working Safely for Theatre

STSG are planning to run another "IOSH Working Safely for Theatre and Production" training day. This last took place 3 years ago, and therefore those who attended that course in March 2017 are coming up for renewal/refresher.

This essential 1-day training course is nationally-recognised by IOSH (Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) and delivered by STSG's Health & Safety partners, RB Consultants.

The dynamic and engaging course is specifically designed for those working in theatre/performance. The successful candidate will gain an insight into health and safety in a theatre environment, where they stand as employees, and what they can do to make work easier and safer. The course also covers risk assessment, manual handling, fire safety awareness and environmental protection.

The successful candidate (having successfully completed the assessment and a workplace assignment) will receive an IOSH Working Safely in Theatre and Production certificate.

DATE: Friday 3rd April 2020 (We are aware that this is at the start/during the Easter holidays for many of us, but it's the best date which works for the venue and the training company. Hopefully this advanced notice will allow you to plan your holidays accordingly.)

TIME: 10am - 5pm

VENUE: The Leys School, Cambridge

COST: Exact cost TBA but should be £100 per delegate, including a sandwich lunch & tea/coffee.

A note for Managers and senior staff: There is also an "IOSH Managing Safely for Theatre and Production" course (4-days) which is highly recommended, but beyond the scope of what STSG can offer. Open courses are often run in London. The 1-day Working Safely course will still provide a basic coverage of H&S requirements, but is primarily aimed at technicians and operative staff. For open courses, please check the RB website.

Note: - The London open-course is £140+VAT per person, so the STSG course offers a considerable saving.


Props Workshop

Saturday 28th September: Props Making Workshop

Several members had a fun day at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts at a prop-making workshop courtesy of Flints.

"Wand-Making with Worbla" was the focus of the morning, where we discovered the many uses of the versatile thermoplastics within the Worbla range by making our very own wands.

In the afternoon, we were introduced to the Haussmann range of paints and scenic effects, with members getting hands-on with simple techniques using HatoDesign, HatoRust and Haussmann's Crackle Glaze.

Lunch was provided by STSG and the workshop was free for members. Thanks in particular to Peter from Tring Park and Jo from Flints.

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: Conference Booking Form - N.B. You must be a STSG member to attend this event.

Health & Safety Offer

We are pleased to offer a professional Health & Safety consultancy service as a new STSG membership benefit from July 2019.

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

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

Details can be found on the Member Portal.

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 are supported by RB Health & Safety Solutions to provide essential Health & Safety services to members, including free 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 on the Member Portal.

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.