The wide-ranging conference programme will feature no fewer than 90 speakers from around the world. Those confirmed include theatre consultants Robert Shook and Robert Long who will be examining front-of-house areas, and consultant Josh Dachs, auditorium designer Gavin Green and the Royal Shakespeare Company's production manager Flip Tanner looking at the development of the auditorium. Always at the leading edge of technical discussion, the conference promises to confront some of the current regulatory and engineering issues and also the less exciting, 'unloved' areas of performance venues. Ex-stage manager and writer Barbara Eifler and production manager, author and editor Ken Bennett-Hunter will be contributing to debate on greenrooms, wardrobe, laundry facilities, truck docks and workshops.
Although busy, the Conference programme also provides many national and international networking opportunities, social events and visits to theatres and other venues. It also expects to host the launch of the ABTT's new publication "Theatres - A Design Guide" and the first presentation by the Society of Theatre Consultants of their 'Award for Practical Excellence' to a theatre building. The ABTT Theatre Show, which attracts over 2000 visitors annually, follows the Conference on 16-17 June.