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Association of British Theatre Technicians

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Association of British Theatre Technicians
Formation1961
TypeProfessional association
Legal statusCharitable organisation
PurposeTo raise technical standards in the theatre
HeadquartersLondon, EC1
United Kingdom
Revenue
From the ABTT Theatre Show, conferences, training and membership subscriptions
Websitewww.abtt.org.uk

The Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) is a British charitable organisation representing technical staff working within theatre.

Overview

The ABTT was founded in 1961 by group of theatre producers, technicians and architects.[1] The association has played a role in ensuring that regulations are suitably drafted and enforced, publishing a number of recommended Codes of Practice for the theatrical industry and theatrical technicians.[2][3]

The ABTT’s central aim is to "set out the physical standards for building and their equipment that are necessary to enable to good management of the premises and to provide the safety of the occupants in premises used for entertainment”.[4] The ABTT is a Charitable Organization under English law,[5] and operates throughout England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The ABTT also has a number of volunteer technical committees which liaise with government and other organisations.[6]

Membership

The ABTT employs three members of staff. The ABTT is governed by Memorandum and Articles of Association and is registered as a charitable organisation with the Charity Commission for England and Wales. It has 11 trustees who are appointed due to their expertise in areas including theatre and stage management, architecture, technical theatre, planning law and the performing arts. The Chairman of the Trust is Louise Jeffreys.[7]

The ABTT’s funding is derived from its memberships, donations given by supporters and proceeds from training. The principal source of income is from events including the ABTT Theatre Show which is held annually.[8][9][10]

Remit

The ABTT was established by in 1961 with a central focus of ensuring "the advancement of …the technical subjects connected with theatre and theatrical presentation, fostering knowledge and the appreciation of the art of technical theatre".[4][11]

The ABTT offers guidance and advice through their Codes of Practice relating to planning, health and safety,[12] architecture regeneration and development, and design which concern theatres and places of entertainment. The ABTT's remit covers a large range of buildings which include both old and new theatres either used, disused or in other uses. Notably, it also includes buildings or structures that have been temporarily converted into theatrical spaces.[13][14]

Resources

The ABTT has a number of resources that contribute towards the promotion of health and safety within theatres and their technical equipment:

  • Codes of Practice: The ABTT joined with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to contribute guidance on best practice within a variety of technical theatre fields.[15]
  • Technical Standard for Places of Entertainment – The ABTT is a contributor for this publication which was produced to offer advice of safe standards and good practice for all types of entertainment premises.[citation needed]
  • Sightline: The ABTT publishes Sightline – Journal for Theatre Technology and Design quarterly.[16] The ABTT also publishes health and safety, technical theatre books to guide users in best practice.[17]
  • Committees – The Trust maintains a number of committees that collaborate with organisations to further research technical and historical issues.[18]

References

  1. ^ Tim Foster. "Roderick Ham obituary | Art and design". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2019-04-02. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2019-10-15. Retrieved 2017-09-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "ABTT Appoints Fellows to Acknowledge Outstanding Service to Theatre Planning". ETNow.com. 2012-07-23. Archived from the original on 2018-12-15. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-09-25. Retrieved 2017-09-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Charity overview". Apps.charitycommission.gov.uk. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  6. ^ "Electrical installations in theatres and performance venues". Electrical.theiet.org. Archived from the original on 2018-01-05. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-09-26. Retrieved 2017-09-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "21st Century Theatres – The ABTT Theatre Show: a place for management and technicians". Artsprofessional.co.uk. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  9. ^ "ABTT Theatre Show 2004". Etnow.com. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  10. ^ "July 2016 – ABTT Theatre Show 2016 Highly Commended Award for Tiger Lifting Chain Block System – Rope Assemblies". Ropeassemblies.co.uk. 23 June 2016. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Risk & Technical: a new appointment". UK Theatre. 2016-09-01. Archived from the original on 2018-12-20. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  12. ^ "Theatre". Hse.gov.uk. 2020-01-08. Archived from the original on 2019-10-15. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  13. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-09-25. Retrieved 2017-09-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-01-11. Retrieved 2020-04-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Event safety - Useful links". Hse.gov.uk. 2019-11-26. Archived from the original on 2019-09-04. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  16. ^ "Sightline Spring 2017". Etnow.com. Archived from the original on 2017-06-18. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  17. ^ "Sightline Spring 2014". Etnow.com. Archived from the original on 2017-12-14. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  18. ^ / Jane Ronson (2016-03-01). "The Association of Performing Arts Collections – Archives Hub Blog". Blog.archiveshub.jisc.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 2019-01-08. Retrieved 2020-04-05.

External links

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