Total Production


May 2008

The Association of British Theatre Technicians' ABTT Theatre Show is gearing up to celebrate its 30th birthday in London%u2019s Royal Horticultural Halls at this year%u2019s two-day event on June 11-12.

    Recognised for embracing a developing range of technologies for use in any auditorium, the ABTT Theatre Show has built an enviable position as a unique platform for manufacturers, designers and suppliers to showcase the latest advancements in technical theatre.

    Attracting an expanding visitor base year on year the ABTT Theatre Show highlights the demand for expert industry advice, pulling in architects, consultants and building services managers from affiliated independent and public sectors, whilst building on its core attendance from all those involved with equipping, refurbishing or upgrading their drama studio, theatre, auditoria or multi-purpose performance spaces.

    Over the years the ABTT Theatre Show has witnessed the unveiling of some of the most groundbreaking technology, which has set a precedent in revolutionising the world of theatre production.

    These technical advancements, spearheaded recently by digitisation have augmented the theatre experience for the audience, have impacted on the economics from a show management perspective and radically streamlined operations for all technical personnel involved with theatre.

    The focus of the ABTT Theatre Show in its 30th year is to promote the on-going dialogue between end-users and manufacturers, maintaining its leading position as innovative, informative and educational.

    As well as conventional theatre venues, the show aims to attract technology end users in schools, colleges and universities all over the UK. Many of the show’s longest standing exhibitors, including A.C. Lighting, ETC and Zero 88 recently part in the first Schools Theatre Group Conference (STSG) at Rugby School, where awareness was raised of the specific issues relating to school theatres, which are run with the same intentions, products, rules and problems as any other theatre, the only key difference being the smaller footprint.

    ABTT Theatre Show director, Roger Fox, who has led the event from the very beginning, said: “There are not many shows around with this kind of history. From a promising start, it has grown year on year to be now considered as a leading showcase and a major networking opportunity for technical theatre.”