This week at the ABTT (4th – 8th November )

8 November 2019

4th November
ABTT Annual General Meeting

The ABTT held their Annual General Meeting today at Battersea Arts Centre and welcomed a record number of attendees for the meeting, lunch and tour of the premises.

Those attending arrived from 11.30am to enjoy refreshments and then we moved to the BAC Theatre where the formal Agenda for the AGM was conducted.

The results of elections to Council were also announced stating that Mig Burgess, Andy Franks, Peter Maccoy, Nikki Scott, Caroline Rouse, Emma Wilson had been elected and they joined the continuing trustees Louise Birchall, David Evans, Darren Joyce, Anette Ollerearnshaw and John Young.

An excellent tour of the BAC premises and new production facilities run by Jack Champion, Head of Production and Technical, Dan Shelley, Technical Manager and Mike Cunningham, Production Manager at BAC was then given, allowing us a thorough inspection of the splendid premises.

Thanks again to Battersea Arts Centre for opening their doors and letting us have a look around this amazingly restored Theatre!


5th November
ABTT Website official launch

If you’ve visited in the last week, you’ll have noticed that things are looking very different. We’ve launched our new website and we’re excited to introduce our new digital home and run you through some of the exciting new features that we’ve added.

As well as a fresh new look; the updated site includes a mobile-friendly platform and a better experience for mobile, tablet and desktop users. We’ve also improved the structure, so you’ll find what you’re looking for more easily.

Find out more about the changes to the website in more detail here.

We welcome all feedback as we’re hoping to make the site as user friendly as possible.
Happy exploring!


6th November
ABTT Council Meeting

The ABTT Council met today at PRG UK Ltd offices to discuss a variety of issues, events and projects that the ABTT is currently involved in.

The next major event that the ABTT is holding is the ABTT Christmas Party on Friday 6th December generously supported by ETC and LW Theatres.

This will be held at the Gillian Lynne Theatre and we look forward to welcoming Affiliates, Associates, Members, Supporters, Fellows and friends from 12.30pm until 4:30pm.

Find out more about the ABTT Christmas Party here.


7th November
STR Lecture – Creating Theatrical Magic: 50 Years of Designing Theatres

ABTT members attended the Society of Theatre Research, ‘Creating Theatrical Magic’ lecture this evening, presented by Nick Thompson and his wife Clare Ferraby who have worked together for over 50 years on more than 100 widely ranging interior design projects for the Performing Arts; more than anyone since Frank Matcham.

The challenge of reinventing historic theatres such as the Old Vic, London Coliseum and Victoria Palace for new audiences will be assessed against the aspirations of today’s directors in new venues.

More information on what was covered at the lecture can be found here.