SDTN Technical Theatre Symposium


05 Feb 2021

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SDTN logoSDTN Technical Theatre Symposium 5th February 2021 9am-6pm
Visions of 2020: The future of Technical Theatre & Production Art and Design Training in Scotland

SDTN’s 2021 Symposium gives us all a chance to gather what we have learnt from the past year and hopes for the future. Our industry has seen one of the greatest impacts of all. We bring you an opportunity to learn from peers what has been successful, challenging, and most importantly plans for the future.

Open to all in education and industry and those training for the future of the industry. Please join us, we need to re connect after 2020 and begin to plan for the future. Bring with you your experiences, knowledge, and ideas.  We will be delighted if you are able to join us for the whole day, however if you want to join us for part of the day or even just a CPD or Creative Conversation, a kind of SDTN pick and mix, we will be equally delighted. To do this book your space on the Symposium along with the sessions you are interested in. Use your Zoom booking link to log on before the event you are attending, and we will make sure you are in the right (virtual) room. Some sessions have limited spaces so we advise booking promptly to avoid disappointment.

Your delegate pass entitles you to the following:

  • Registration –Electronic delegate pack with details of contributors, delegate information, contact details, links and resources.
  • Private screening of The Assumption – launched on 4th February at 7pm and you have the link to watch for one week.
  • Most importantly, tea and biscuits compliments of SDTN to make sure you take those screen breaks!
  • Complete technology support for all platforms used will run throughout the day for delegates.
  • Full access to the recordings of the all the CPD sessions, the spotlights and keynote speakers after the event.
  • Full access to industry and education stalls that will be delivered on a separate Slack channel.
  • Chance for you to have an honest catch up and networking session which will not be recorded to ensure confidentiality.
  • Option to access a choice of SDTN’s pre-recorded CPD autumn recorded sessions.

Email with the sessions you are attending if you require BSL interpretation, captioning or other reasonable adjustments to enable you to participate fully.

This year SDTN is asking for an affordable contribution to the Symposium. The options available range from £5 to £50. We recognise the tough and testing times our industry and all who work in it are having to endure and we are trying to assist by continuing our programme virtually paying industry rates to all our contributors. We would like to assure you that if you, or your company or institution, are able to contribute a reasonable fee to attend the symposium this will enable us to contract a greater number of freelancers in 2021.

If you are a freelancer who has been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, please contact us via to discuss complimentary attendance. We need your voice at the Symposium.

9am-9.30am Registration

Chance to use your complimentary SDTN tea and biscuit and meet others in the main zoom room to network and talk about the day ahead.

9am-6pm Education and Industry stalls via Slack

Industry Stalls: These will be delivered via our Slack channel. You will have the chance to chat one on one, ask questions, and join others to replicate that market place feel but without the February drafts whistling through the venue front doors! Companies and organisations participating are:

Ayrshire College
Creative Edinburgh
Association of Sound Designers
Edinburgh College

9.30am-9.40am Welcome introduction
9.40am-11.20am or 11.40am-1.10pm CPD session Flints

Join Michelle Greer from Flints THE Theatrical Supply Company in this practical CPD session using the incredible  Worbla , eco-friendly, safe to use thermoplastic ideal for prop making for stage and screen.

You will receive a practical pack before the 5th of February for you to try at home while Michelle demonstrates. It can be used stand alone, around a structure, moulding and layering. Not only that but can be sanded and painted into the bargain. Interested? Yes? Then please book your place by Mon 1st Feb 2021 to ensure you receive your pack in time.

Please note limited capacity.

9.40am-11.20am or 11.40am-1.10pm CPD session Association of British Theatre Technicians: Bronze Award Rope, Knots and Splicing with Alastair Noonan.

Alastair will talk about his path into the industry and give delegates an overview of the Ropes, Knots and Splicing session which forms part of the ABTT Bronze Award. The course gives the candidates practical knowledge about types of ropes they will encounter in theatres, selection and safe use. The session will include useful examples of course content, attempt to teach how to tie a knot or two remotely and finish with an opportunity to ask questions.

Please note limited capacity.

9.40am-11.20am or 11.40am-1.10pm CPD session Association of Sound designers: Adventures in Creative Audio Story Telling

ASD logoJoin Dominic Bilkey – ASD Chair, Head of Sound & Video at the National Theatre and Zoe Milton – ASD Administrator & freelance Sound Engineer as they introduce you to the world of audio story telling through sound design for performance.

This interactive session will equip delegates with a renewed understanding of sound for performance. Delegates will work in teams to create a unique ending to the story. Dominic and Zoe talk about equipment they use when creating content for shows, regardless of the budget and let delegates in on a few secrets along the way!

Through pre-recorded soundscapes and delegate recordings we will work together to create a brand new piece of Sound Storytelling. Please make sure you have a set of headphones to use for this session.

Please note limited capacity.

2pm-2.10pm Welcome to Afternoon
2.10pm – 4pm Spotlights

Education and industry share ideas/innovations/best practice of Visions of 2020 & working in a COVID-Safe environment whilst looking forward to the future in a post COVID world.

Karen Townsend & Helen McVey – Interim Director of Drama, Dance, Production & Film / Director will open the Spotlight sessions with an update on SDTN
Ayrshire College
Creative Edinburgh
White Light
Call Q
Solar Bear
CC Skills
Edinburgh College

4.10pm-4.40pm Industry Discussion

SDTN are delighted to welcome Gemma Swallow (National Theatre of Scotland) and Craig Fleming (Centrline) update us on their ideas around working collaboratively for a more sustainable future in this online Q and A.

Outcome of the session will inform SDTN programming of a CPD session on Sustainability in Practice Spring 2021.

Creative Conversations

The artists joined us in the summer and autumn of 2020 to deliver professional development sessions.
We have invited some of them back to have a more in-depth conversation with you on what you have gained from the session, and a chance to meet and talk to the other participants that attended the session. This is a chance to turn your camera and mic on and have a conversation.

4.40pm-5.25pm Creative Conversation with Hazel Blue

Hazel joined us in the summer of 2020 to deliver insightful and fact packed sessions on Costume Design and Realisation, Model Making and Technical Drawing. If you came to the original sessions and want to ask further questions, or want to catch up with what Hazel can help you with this is the session for you.

Please note limited capacity.

4.40pm-5.25pm Creative Conversation with Jamie Wardrop

Jamie joined us in December and shared an amazing session in video design including video jockey software. If you want to share anything you have tried since the session, or just want to know what a video designer does then please join us for this fascinating session.

Please note limited capacity.

4.40pm-5.25pm Creative Conversation with Kate Bonney

Kate introduced us to how to experiment with lighting and she helped to de-mystify the technology. If you joined us for this session, or you couldn’t make it and want to know more this session is for you.

Please note limited capacity.

4.40pm-5.25pm Watch again CPD

If it is another area you are interested in we have you covered. Book to receive a link to one of our pre-recorded one and a half hours sessions. You can watch now or at your leisure over the next week. You can choose from:

SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKE-UP with Michelle Chambers
COSTUME ROLES with Karen Short & Laura Hunt
HEALTH AND SAFETY with Andrew Evans

5.30pm-6pm Networking Reception

Please join us for this informal and confidential reception (along with mood music)  giving you all a opportunity to  talk honestly about what we have learnt over the last 11 months and what will  help us all get out the other side. No recording or note taking allowed by order of SDTN. We wish we could provide a spot of the stronger stuff to all those who partake but even with the miracle of Zoom that’s not possible, and yes we checked.

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