This session will take place at the Guildhall School where Andy Taylor, Head of Theatre Technology, will be presenting and discussing Milton Court’s fully automated flying system, as installed by ‘Stage Technology’. There will a short demonstration of the system’s potential and the opportunity for questions and discussion about the system.
This session will include an introduction to show calling on music shows (musicals, opera, ballet) presented by Andrew Killian from the Stage Management Association.
The session is a 1-hour introduction to the “SMA’s Unique, Very Popular & Effective Cueing to Music Level 1 and Level 2 Professional development courses” which looks at the skills and terms needed to achieve the qualification and also includes a brief exploration on how the DSM works with the technical teams on a musical show.
The session will also contain a practical session, representing the very practical nature of the courses, which are designed to increase confidence and skills levels in attendees. The session will include a Q&A.
Professional costume supervisor Emma Renhard will be looking at a number of different aspects that you encounter in the first year of a running wardrobe department.
She will be looking at things such as Fitting etiquette and measuring including measuring an actors head for a wig. Creating your first costume bible including costings and budgets. Preparing a costume for a quick change and how to do a quick change including practical elements such as real bow ties and looking at Kit bags and what you should have in them. She will also be talking about breaking down a costume and making quick alterations.
Julian Anderson; tutor for the ABTT’s Bronze award (Rope, Knots and Splicing) will talk about what should and shouldn’t be used in terms of materials and constructions, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of widely used (or otherwise) knots and terminations.
Vectorworks has a reputation for being one of the most powerful tools for lighting designers – but there is so much more to it! Vectorworks can help plan and realise any kind of design and coordination that needs to happen on stage. Whether you are a production manager, set designer, rigger, set builder, production electrician, technical manager or most any other sort of a backstage professional, Vectorworks can help you plan your design and production, saving time, expense and headache.
Vectorworks Spotlight comes with a suite of industry designed tools to help draw basic elements and specialised tools to draw custom designes. Its newly redesigned resource manager gives access to a vast amount of online 3D symbols, including lighting instrument, furniture, truss, domestic fittings, musical instruments and so on. This combination make Vectorworks one of the most powerful production coordination tools available. And as each project is different, Vectorworks can easily help you produce a rough sketch, a detailed rendering – and anything in between.
Visit Vectorworks at the Backstage Professional Development Conference and sit in on our session to learn more about how Vectorworks can work for you.
Manual Handling, Dynamic lifting techniques, musculoskeletal injuries relating to theatre and events staff.
It has been estimated that more than one-third of all workplace accidents are caused by manual handling activities. The risks of manual handling include musculoskeletal injuries and injuries caused by the handler falling. The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 impose a duty on employers to avoid the risk of injury to employees through instruction and induction. This session directly relate to theatres, stage technicians and workshop staff and discusses the TMA / BECTU guidance on the Code of Conduct for Fit-ups and Get-Outs.
In this session Chris Higgs from Total Solutions Group will look at the traditional pathway that many riggers have taken as well as the more recent developments.These include the PLASA Trainee Rigger Scheme (leading to the National Rigging Certificate) and the Trailblazer Apprenticeship leading to becoming a ‘Live event rigger’ launched in 2016. The session will discuss the attributes required to pursue this demanding discipline, some ways of preparing yourself before approaching employers or deciding what learning needs to take place. Earning a living as a rigger was at one time highly unlikely but developments in technology and the sheer volume of productions requiring riggers, from live music to aerial performance, theatre, film and even advertising has created a huge demand for rigging skills. Come and hear about what can be a very rewarding occupation and ask any questions about how you can start out.
Working in technical theatre can be a risky business. In this session, Paul Edwards of Theatre Safety Network will explore some of the common hazards and risks faced by those working backstage, what your employer or client should be doing to manage those risks, and what you can do to ensure that you finish each working day safe and sound.
Many theatres and other venues now have LEDs as part of their lighting rigs. Some LEDs are really good, others not so good. What’s the difference? Why does different lighting affect the appearance of costumes and sets? LEDs usually require many control channels in order to make them work at their best, meaning that older control desks struggle and take a long time to programme shows. How do new desks make complex devices quick and easy to use and help make the show look at its best? Mark White from ETC will demonstrate a selection of lights and desks to show just how far LEDs have come already.
We all wish we had the exact equipment needed for a show, but as is often the case, we need to approach a hire company.
In this session we will look at the step by step process, from the initial call to the equipment collection. We will discuss each step from both perspectives, covering kit lists, important details and discounts.
Liz Hardwick from DigiEnable and Stage Jobs Pro will be leading a session on Self Promotion for Freelancers, this is a great opportunity for those who are starting in the industry to learn about securing an online presence and promoting yourself and your work with social media. This session id also for those more experienced who may have started their own companies and already have an online presence but are not seeing results.
This session will look at how to manage your online reputation; helps you get to grips with social media, mobile and location based services; looks at your conversations and communications online and how they connect with the offline (real) world. We will also look at how to develop a social media strategy and what you can do with a hashtag (you’ll be amazed)!
Kate Griffiths Theatrical & Media Makeup Artist who provides workshops across the UK will be joining attendees at The Backstage Professional Development Conference for an introduction to her special effects kit, looking at different products available on the market, pricing, ease of use etc followed by familiarisation with tools, hygiene, health & safety guidelines and removal techniques.
White Light, Wimbledon will be hosting a session on Fault Finding on Moving Lights. This session is designed to provide lighting technicians, programmers and designers with some of the skills needed to maintain and problem solve their moving lights.
Freelancers often have to manage their tax themselves but can also, depending on grade, be subject to the specific requirements of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). BECTU’s Freelance and Research Officer Tony Lennon will be leading this essential session for every freelancer guiding you through accounting, registering for self-employment, TAX, National Insurance and looking at the things you need to know to manage the financial side of your freelance career.