This week at the ABTT (14th – 18th October )

18 October 2019

14th October
Visiting Cog Design to set the website launch date

Today the ABTT visited Cog Design, and agreed the launch date for the new ABTT Website – 5th November! We are looking forward to the website relaunch which will add some great new features and improved opportunities to communicate with our members and supporters.


15th October
Theatre’s Trust Conference

ABTT CEO, Robin Townley attended the Theatre’s Trust Conference, fittingly taking place at Battersea Arts Centre, a venue with a rich social history, which engages widely with both artists and audiences in the development of the building and its activities.

The event is run by the Theatre’s Trust who are the national advisory public body for theatres. They are a statutory consultee on theatres in the planning system, and also operate as a charity.

The conference investigated theatres from the perspective of the people they are there to serve, asking how we can ensure we are serving the needs of artists and audiences sits at the centre of our theatre buildings.

You can find out more about the conference and the discussions which took place here.


16th October
ABTT Training Preparation

Credit The Stage

Today, ABTT Training Co-ordinator Geoff Joyce came in to the office to prepare the training folders for our candidates for our upcoming courses. We also discussed our future training in 2020 – including setting the dates for the ABTT Bronze Award in Manchester in April which is no available for booking!

More information on this course can be found here!


16th October
APPG for Theatre -House of Commons

ABTT CEO, Robin Townley attended the House of Commons this afternoon to witness the official launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Theatre.

Hosted by Giles Watling, Conservative MP for Clacton, and Tracy Brabin, Labour MP for Batley and Spen – both former professional actors – the group has been founded to support the resilience and relevance of theatre in the UK for audiences, its offstage and onstage workforce and society.

For more information on the APPG for Theatre please see here.


17th October
Tonic Connects Event

Today the ABTT attended the Tonic Connects event at Lyric Hammersmith this morning which explored the topic of financial well-being with particular focus to women in the performing arts industry.

Tonic Theatre who ran the event are an organisation who support theatre and the arts to achieve greater gender equality, diversity and inclusion. Since 2011 they have been creating range of programmes, resources, training, tools and events to drive change.

Tonic Theatre are currently working with the ABTT as part of our Core Values Working Group which was formed in response to our membership wanting to achieve greater gender equality, diversity and inclusion within theatre and the arts. We hope to drive tangible change across theatre and the wider performing arts and creative industries as well as within our own membership.

For more information on Tonic Theatre, please see here.

For more information on the ABTT Core Values Working Group, click here.