OISTAT Theatre Timeline Working Group
LONDON Meeting 12 to 15 June 2012
ABTT Theatre Show
The Theatres Trust Conference - Delivering Sustainable Theatres
10 May 2012
The Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) Historical Research Committee and
OISTAT Theatre Timeline Working Group (TTWG) are pleased to invite you for a meeting in
London June 12 15.
A year ago at the Prague Quadrennial the History & Theory and Technology Commissions initiated
a new OISTAT working group with a title of Theatre Timeline. Our aims are to provide a focus
group for interest and projects in historical theatres, theatre practice and technologies, to foster
better general understanding of older theatre technologies, international exchange of information,
and guidance on recording and preservation.
Planned around the UK Theatres Trust 2012 Conference Delivering Sustainable Theatres - and
the annual ABTT 2012 Theatre Show, the week offers a menu of Self Select events open to the
OISTAT Membership, with opportunities to meet and network with those in the UK and from other
countries with similar interests. The Schedule is still being finalised but includes:
Tuesday June 12th - 0900 1700 The Theatres Trust Conference - Delivering Sustainable
Theatres. At: Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, Stratford, London E15 1BX
Wednesday June 13th 10:30 -18:00 ABTT 2012 Theatre Show, Old Truman Brewery,
Hanbury Street, London, E1 6QR
Seminars and meetings will include:
1100 1230 ABTT Historical Research Committee and TTWG open meeting.
Virtual Scenery. Guest Speaker, International award winning designer William
Dudley reflects on Projected Scenery Then and Now
PM Opportunity to visit Specialist Conservation Consultant and leading Restoration
expert, David Wilmore of Theatreshire Books, and his bookstand at the Show, with its
fascinating range of Historical Theatre Books http://www.theatresearch.co.uk/
Thursday June 14th 10:30 -18:00 ABTT Theatre Show continues
Historical theatre visit tbc (morning)
1400 - 1500 London Metropolitan Archive - Behind the Scenes Tour. Free - but sign up
needed. 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB. Tube Farringdon.
London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) holds a wealth of archival and printed source material for the history of
London theatres and music halls. The most striking sources held are those deriving from the licensing powers of
the Greater London Council and its predecessor authorities. These provide evidence of how places of public
entertainment were established and managed. In addition there are a number of deposited collections among
which can be found playbills, programmes, newspaper cuttings, and contemporary accounts of performances.
Thursday June 14th continued
19.45 British Music Hall Society Study Group. Variety and Vaudeville on film.
Open presentation. Concert Artists' Association, 20 Bedford Street, London WC2E 9HP
£3 donation at the door. http://www.britishmusichallsociety.com/index/study_group.html
Friday June 15th
11.00 Guided Tour of Theatre and Performance Galleries at the Victoria and Albert
Museum and SBTD Transformation & Revelation exhibition.Cromwell Road London SW7
14.00 Visit to the Harold Pinter Theatre (Formerly the Comedy Built 1881). New Grid
with retained historic Victorian drums and shafts. Free on sign up.
Numbers will be strictly limited to those who have applied and received confirmation, and
restricted to those able to climb a vertical cat-ladder.
1630 Reception and seminar at The Theatres Trust 22, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0QL . Free on sign up
Guest Speaker, distinguished Archivist Graeme Cruikshank on the
LIFE AND WORK OF WALTER PFEFFER DANDO, 1852-1944
Mechanical Engineer, Secret Springer, Stage Machinist, Stage Mechanician & Architect, Stage
Manager, Regisseur, India-rubber Merchant, India Rubber Spring & Chest Expander Manufacturer,
Photographer, Film-maker, Author, Lecturer, Musician, Bulldog Breeder & Exhibitor and "Compulsive
The TTWG London meeting is a self-funded meeting. Visitors will be responsible for all
arrangements and costs including travel, transport within London, hotel accommodation and food,
except for hosted receptions.
The Theatres Trust conference - Delivering Sustainable Theatres on 12 June is available to book
on line at standard delegate rate of £135.00 + VAT (£27.00) including entry to the ABTT Theatre
Show by 9 June 2012 at: http://www.theatrestrust.org.uk/events/conference-12/registration
The 2 day ABTT Theatre show is FREE to those who pre-register on line at:.
The BMHS Vaudeville evening on 14th is by voluntary donation at the door (Suggested £3) All
other events are Free but subject to sign-up in advance to monitor numbers. Please confirm
attendance for ALL paid and free events as soon as possible, definitely by 31 May to
Jason Barnes at jason.barnes<a>o2.co.uk Texts/mobile (44) (0)7930 415 690.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to London
Jason, Kate and Chris
Jason Barnes ABTT, OISTAT UK jason.barnes<a>o2.co.uk Texts / mobile (44) (0) 7930 415 690
Kate Burnett SBTD, OISTAT UK and Nottingham Trent University kate.burnett<a>virgin.net
Chris Van Goethem OISTAT, Belgium Chris.Van.Goethem<a>ehb.be