Association of British Theatre Technicians

The Association of British Theatre Technicians is a charity and a company limited by the guarantee of its members. We campaign on behalf of the theatre industry to ensure legislation is appropriate to the industry’s needs, and that regulations are suitably drafted and enforced. We are governed by our Memorandum & Articles of Association.

Safety Helpline

We provide a telephone and email enquiry service to help solve safety and technical problems and host a website with a huge amount of information available to our members from free FAQ’s and Guidance Notes to discounted books, Codes of Practice and Technical Standards.


We run training courses for technical and managerial skills; these include the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards and specialist courses including Pyrotechnics and Risk Management.


We produce Sightline, the quarterly industry magazine for technical theatre, with news, reviews, features and Safety Matters. Other publications include the theatre industry’s Codes of Practice specific to the industry’s needs. We produce the Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment in association with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the District Surveyors Association and the Institute of Licensing. We also produce Guidance Notes on specific subjects when needed.

ABTT Theatre Show & Members’ Events

We organise the annual ABTT Theatre Show of backstage and front-of house equipment and supplies. Every four years we hold the International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference.  The next conference will be  2018. We arrange visits, conferences, forums, lectures and meetings for our members. Trips to interesting theatres and productions are arranged, frequently organised by ABTT NorthNet, a very active branch  of our members, especially those north of Watford.


We have a number of highly influential committees, including Safety, Training, Theatre Planning and Historical Research. We also collaborate in the organisation of specialist interest groups such as the Production Managers Forum, which is a joint venture with the Stage Management Association.


Membership is open to anyone with an interest in theatre design or the technical aspects of theatrical presentation. There are Student and Young Associate memberships available at greatly reduced costs which provide full membership benefits.