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ABTT SILVER Certificated Award for Theatre Scenic Carpenters Training (Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, August 2016)



Download and complete the course PDF here Summer School_Silver Scenic Carpenters Warwick_2016

Dates: Monday 1st, Tuesday 2nd, Wednesday 3rd, Thursday 4th, Friday 5th and Saturday 6th August 2016  (You must complete all 6 days to obtain full accreditation)

Venue: Warwick Arts, Centre, Coventry.

Costs: (please note your place cannot be confirmed without a deposit of £100)

For those with ABTT Membership £720 + VAT

Non-members £800.00 + VAT

[This course is only open to ABTT Members who have completed the BRONZE Award course or those who have achieved equivalent skill and knowledge].

NB: All payments are non-refundable; please contact the ABTT as soon as possible if you anticipate any problems in attending the course for which you have booked and we shall do our utmost to assist you in finding a suitable opportunity to participate in the training you desire.

This course gives the candidate the knowledge and skill to work with confidence on wooden scenic elements within a theatre workshop or production environment. It is ideal for those who are required to undertake running adjustments to scenic elements when fitting touring productions into a variety of venues.

  • Work at height with PPE (1 day)

This is intended as an introduction to working at height in the entertainment industry. The module includes methods and best practice in using personal protective equipment for working at heights. Its aim it to impart knowledge for using PPE when working at height and an understanding of the Work at Height Regulations.

  • Safe use of Portable Power Tools (1 day)

This course considers the selection and use of electrically operated and Air operated portable tools covering: information and regulations for testing; inspection; maintenance; use; etc. Risk Assessment is considered by identifying hazards and their risks: Noise; Dust; Vibration; Debris and Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). Also considered is the correct selection & use of Personal Protective Equipment. The course includes demonstration and practical exercises in the selection and use of a range of handheld and small bench portable carpentry tools.

  • Practical Scenic Projects (3 days)

Over a period of three days the following subjects will be introduced and then further considered during a
number of practical exercises to fabricate typical scenic elements:

  • Study of the advantages and applications of modern scenery materials, fixings and fittings: softwoods; plywoods; plastics; laminates; glues; staples; brads; screws; bolts; hanging irons; etc. Consideration will also be given to the storage and handling of materials and compliance with COSHH.
  • Understanding CAD and non-CAD design drawings and working with Scale in order to produce accurate scenic elements.
  • How to construct scenic elements to allow easy handling; the TMA BECTU Code of Conduct for Getins, Fit-ups, Get-outs; the provision of handholds and the marking of weights and handling points.
  • Manufacture of common items found in modern timber stage sets, such as treads, doors and door flats, curved rostra, French braces, built up cornices, etc.: The fabrication of typical scenic elements will provide practical experience across a number of theatre applications.
  • Stage Structure (1 day)

This course provides an introduction to basic engineering concepts applicable to stages and scenery. The aim is to impart an awareness of mechanical and structural principles; and to give the candidate an appreciation of engineering issues relating to stage structures. Topics include: beams; columns & ties; forces and types of loading; modes of failure; joints and supports; mechanical advantage and design
standards. With an emphasis on realistic examples and practical experience this subject will be covered through presentation and discussion.

  • Followed by Silver Award Scenic Carpentry Test

Tools will be provided but if you have your own you are encouraged to bring them with you to use on the course. A tool list and suggestions as to where to purchase them will be available when you register.



Warwick Arts Centre
University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road,
Coventry, CV4 7AL