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Our annual conference takes place every February at a member school. The Saturday event consists of a busy day of workshops, seminars and networking, followed by a semi-formal dinner. Several industry suppliers attend with a small exhibition of products and services, and networking with other delegates and sponsors is always an important part of the day. Workshops are varied, with a mix of technical and non-technical subjects, catering for all levels of skills and knowledge. Delegate places are subsidised by our generous sponsors, and acommodation is included in the price.

The next STSG Conference will take place on Friday 16th - Sunday 18th February 2018 at Uppingham School, Rutland.

This will be our ninth conference, having run 8 successful conferences since 2008. This year will be our first-ever 3 day event!

The Saturday will feature a busy programme of workshops and seminars with lunch included. The day will run from 9am - 6pm with drinks in the Theatre Bar to finish. The day is followed by a special dinner at Uppingham School, plus overnight accommodation is included at local hotels.

Workshops will be provided by our industry sponsors and other invited speakers. There will also be the usual opportunities to network with other members and the company reps/exhibitors, as well as a discussion forum for school issues.

Friday 16th - Performance Support Award Symposium

This year we are holding an open symposium on the Friday afternoon before the main conference (1:30pm-6pm). This will focus on the STSG Performance Support Award, and will include an in-depth talk-through of the scheme, plus a look at our moderation and assessment plans (including information for those who may wish to volunteer as a moderator). There will also be a chance to ask questions and share your examples of the Award in use. It will hopefully be an essential afternoon for those involved with offering the PS Award at your school.

There is no cost to attend the Friday symposium, but we still need your booking for numbers please. Accommodation is available at cost of £75 (see below).

Saturday 17th - Conference Workshops/Exhibitors

  • Hawthorn
    The day will start with a bang! - A demonstration of pyro by Le Maitre, courtesy of Hawthorn.

  • White Light
    Next, West End and international lighting designer, Charlie Morgan Jones, will give a design seminar, courtesy of White Light.

  • Stage Electrics
    After lunch, Stage Electrics will present a seminar on Electrical Safety in Small Venues.

  • AC Entertainment Technologies
    To finish the day, AC-ET will give a demonstration of projection technology for the stage, with a chance to get hands-on.

  • Charcoalblue
    Also in attendance, theatre consultants Charcoalblue will offer 2 drop-in sessions to discuss refurbishments and "making the best of it".

  • ABTT
    Robin Townley, CEO of the ABTT will be joining us all day, as well as giving an update on the latest H&S matters and Codes of Practice.

  • Illuminate Design - Exhibitor.

  • Philips Entertainment Lighting - Sponsor.

More details about our sponsors can be found on the Supporters page.

Sunday 18th - Rigging training / Hawthorn visit

This year we are pleased to be able to include a day at Hawthorn Theatrical, who are based nearby at Old Dalby (45-mins drive from Uppingham). In addition to their sponsorship, Hawthorn have kindly agreed to hold a day of rigging training, starting at 10:30am (so plenty of time for breakfast and a casual Sunday drive!), including details of maintenance and LOLER regs, plus plenty of hands-on time in their warehouse with all sorts of rigging kit. Hawthorn will provide a light buffet lunch, and there will also be opportunities to play with some moving lights in a demo room and to see around their warehouse facilities.

There is no charge for this event for those attending the conference on the Saturday.

How to attend

We aim to provide the conference at maximum value-for-money to allow as many members to attend as possible. This is only possible with the generous ongoing support of our industry sponsors. This year, the Saturday conference package is just £90, including all workshops, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast.

For those who don't want to stay overnight, the "day and dinner" rate is £55 which includes everything above, except accommodation. Day places are also available for £25 which includes lunch.

Various other options are available, including Friday night accommodation (see booking form). Non-STSG colleagues and teachers are also welcome.


Delegate Feedback from Last Year

  • 96% of survey respondants rated last year's conference as Very Good or Excellent.
  • 92% said that they are Very Likely or Moderately Likely to contact/make purchases from the exhibitors.
  • 96% said that they are Very Likely or Extremely Likely to return to a future conference.

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Conference 2018