Our Work:

We provide technical advice, consultations, training, publications and are a vital resource to those working in the technical theatre industry. The ABTT is governed by the Memorandum and Articles of Association.


Our Mission:

The ABTT sets the standards to promote self-regulation of safety and technical excellence in the UK’s theatre and live performance industry. Appropriate to the current state of the theatre sector the ABTT has five core values. These values are in addition to the objects as are stated in the Memorandum of Association. These values underpin all the activities of the Association and act as a ‘toolkit’ to guide us in the way we meet our objects.  The ABTT demonstrates as many of the values as appropriate in all with which it engages.

Our Core Values:

  • Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion

The ABTT believes that those who are interested or working in the design of places of entertainment or in their operation or in the production of performance should be as diverse in all respects and attributes as the members of the society in which we all live.  The Association will  be welcoming and respectful to all who seek to connect with it. In addition, it recognises that it must work to overcome barriers of any nature that prevent or inhibit anyone from seeking connection, support, guidance or participation with the ABTT. This value mandates the ABTT to find ways of actively promoting equality, diversity, respect, dignity and inclusion and removing barriers for those who are underrepresented in our current membership, association leadership and sector.

  • Enabling excellence

The ABTT recognises that the development of excellence in attitudes, behaviours, skills and knowledge is essential to sustain the areas it supports.  In all that it undertakes it will seek to enable participation and the achievement of excellence,  identifying barriers to entry and progression and seeking to find solutions by which they may be removed.

  • Acknowledging achievement

The ABTT will work to communicate and celebrate the contribution that the sector it represents makes to the success of the theatre and live performance industries and it will acknowledge excellence in the performance of all the associated crafts and disciplines.

  • Representing all

The ABTT is for all who are interested or working in the design of places of entertainment or in their operation or in the production of performance.  It will seek to offer support and be relevant to all the regions and nations of the United Kingdom, those whose participation is waged and unwaged, the small and the large, those with buildings and those without; everyone no matter where or how they pursue their interest.

  • Combating climate emergency

The ABTT is committed to taking positive action in response to climate breakdown and biodiversity collapse. It has pledged to support all those operating in live performance production, technology and building design to strengthen working practices and redesign business activities, operational processes, use of resources, organisational policy and overall governance in order to create and present live performance in a way that has a more positive impact on the world around us.  The ABTT also pledges to  adopt positive measures in its own activities.

We ensure our core values are upheld through:

  • Sharing – by connecting practitioners through events, discussion, debate, learning and resources.
  • Standards – producing a Code of Practice for the industry, containing guidance by which to safely accommodate and present live performance.
  • Design – advising on the design and operation of venues and on the implementation of technology in places of entertainment.
  • Advocacy – working with government and enforcement agencies to maintain an enlightened and flexible approach to legal compliance.
  • Careers – supporting education, ongoing training and professional development in technical careers.



ABTT Core Values Working Group Committee Remit:

The remit of the Core Values Working Group is to:

  • maintain a review of the core values to ensure they remain relevant and appropriate and that they clearly express how the ABTT can succeed in their delivery.
  • identify ways in which delivery of the core values may be achieved.
  • identify ways in which a record of activity in support of the core values may be kept.
  • present, when thought necessary, an investment case to Council for the allocation of resources in order to deliver one or more of the core values.
  • identify opportunities to collaborate with industry partners to achieve the delivery of the core values.
  • determine further activities that should be included in the Working Group’s remit and seek approval for their inclusion from Council.