Is it a Skill Share? Is it an In Conversation? We’re not sure, but it’s a brilliant video anyway, so we have put it on both pages. We linked up Edinburgh Fringe stalwarts Mandy Ivory Castile, Suzy Somerville, James “Evil” Turner, Marec Joyce and Ruari Cormack, and they talked for 2 hours about all things Edinburgh Fringe.
Here is the ABTT’s latest COVID-19 Guidance about returning to work safely. Guidance Note 103 gives specific guidance for backstage and other production departments.
On 23rd July the PMF hosted its first Town Hall Meeting, via Zoom. We were really pleased with the number of people who attended. There was a wide geographical spread, including two members from the USA, and a representation of many aspects of our industry.
This online seminar from the ABTT will focus on how we can use this current hiatus to let go of old habits and create a new more sustainable ways of working.
Here is the UK government’s advice on working safely during Coronovirus. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/performing-arts You can comment on it on our Covid-19 Discussion Board https://www.productionmanagersforum.org/discussion-board/category/how-to-make-a-show-while-observing-social-distancing-rules/
StagePort digitally survey spaces to extract the geometry, and then work with the venue or producer to generate the information they need about the space. Can be CAD /Virtual Tour/ 3D Models for LD’s, Video designers and anyone else! http://www.stageport.co.uk
Did you know that the PMF website has a handy area for members to share info they find regarding to Covid risk assessments and back to work plans. Head over to http://www.productionmanagersforum.org/discussion-board/ to have a look at what has been posted so far!
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For the next of our Skill Sharing Videos, Alan Law, Event Safety Advisor, talks about Delivering Covid-Secure Events
Last night culture secretary Oliver Dowden revealed a 5 step road map that will lead to reopening of theatres and outdoor events.
One of the aims of our 5 year plan was to develop offering the membership useful information and facilities to deliver our key aim; sharing ideas and knowledge.
Since 2017 the PMF have held a Forum & Social at the ABTT Theatre Show. This year we want keep tradition alive with a very informal Social on Wednesday 10th- 7pm via Zoom! Bring your own drinks & catch up with your colleagues & friends over a virtual pint! Click here for more information
With the annual ABTT Theatre Show having been cancelled for 2020, the ABTT have worked with their partners to host two days of virtual seminars. (10th & 11th June) There is a great selection of webinars to sign up to (spaces are limited so sign up quickly) ranging from Sustainability to Hair, Makeup and Costume in the performing arts.
This is the third of our regular skill sharing videos. Oli Cooper, Director of OC Theatrical, and CAD draftsman, talks about CAD skills for Theatre and Performance.
Gavin and Gary Pell In Conversation For the second of our In Conversation videos, Gary Pell, founder and MD of Pirate Crew, talks to Gavin Pell, Head of Stage at the National Theatre. Here is a preview. To see the full video you need to be signed up to our new website. If you have not done so yet, you can do so here. Signed up members click here for the full video on our In Conversation page.
This is the second of our regular Skill Sharing Videos. Ben Pugh, Freelance Production Manager and PMF Media Associate talks about Capturing and Streaming Live Cultural Events.
We are really pleased to welcome Martin Radmall to the PMF Committee, looking after our Fundraising strategy and campaigns. Martin lives in East Yorkshire & works for BrilliantStages as Head of Projects, working on large shows in the concert touring industry. Check out more of Martin’s biog here.
This is the first of our Skill Sharing videos. David Evans talks about putting on Theatre in Non-Traditional Spaces. You can watch a trailer, below or click here for the link to the full video. You need to be logged on as a member to see the full video. You can ask any questions or raise any points on our Discussion Board here and download the checklist here
PMF AGM Friday 17th January 2020 at the National Theatre Agenda Introductions To discuss and agree the PMF’s aims and purpose To adopt the PMF Constitution To approve the Committee membership To receive the annual reports on PMF activities: Forums and Socials Job Vacancies Mentoring Newsletters Support Hub Network Social Media Website To receive the annual Financial Report To discuss the priorities for 2020 Questions from the membership A.O.B.
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The PMF, with the Royal Court Theatre, will be hosting a Forum and Social to discuss issues and challenges regarding Sustainability within the Theatre and Live Events industries.
Our first AGM was well attended in person and on our live Facebook feed. Many thanks to all participants and to the National Theatre for use of their facilities. Click here for a summary of the meeting and the action points The full presentation and minutes are available here
We are really excited to announce the new Production Managers’ Forum Mentoring Scheme. Whether you are new to the industry, in training or currently working in another area looking to move into production management then the mentoring scheme is for you. When you sign up you are then matched with an experienced production manager who will support you and the development of your career. We are also looking for experienced production managers to take on the role of mentor. Becoming a mentor is extremely rewarding, with many professional benefits. If you are interested in either becoming a mentor or would
The video of the PMF forum ‘Focus on the Fringe’ in Edinburgh is now available. Many thanks to: Flints for their support Ruari Cormack for chairing Chris Buffham and Fi Fraser for being on the panel Kelman and Gemma Greig-Kicks at neon8 for producing the video. Click here to view it, or here for our video page.
Our regular Autumn social is back! Come and join us on Friday 8th November at the Spice Of Life, 6 Moor Street, Soho, London W1D 5NA. from 19:00 to 23:00 Feel free to bring friends and colleagues – its open to all technical professionals within Theatre & Live Events! Enjoy a pint, chat about all things work and meet some new contacts and find out more about the PMF. We have the area around the bar on the ground level saved for us as usual – Look for the GREEN LANYARDS of the Committee and our LOGO on the wall!
Don’t miss our Forum at this years @abtttheatreshow on 6th June from 14:30 to 16.30, Palm Court Suite 5, focusing on Welfare within Technical & Production Roles. Proudly supported by our wonderful friends at @SLXmedia. With a fantastic panel from @SMAssoc, @TheStage & @bectu
Production and Technical Roundtable Coventry City of Culture 2021 are hosting a roundtable to explore and discuss the current landscape for production and technical across the full range of arts and culture. Whether live sound mixing, set building, exhibitions and installations, events management and many more, we welcome all practitioners to come and give us their thoughts on the sector, how we can develop and what City of Culture means to us. The event will be co-hosted by Robin Towley from the ABTT Suitable for: Any production or technical staff, freelancers, employers, trainers, educational institutions teaching or wanting to teach
Further exemptions take remaining concerns of the live performance into account On Monday 17th, Member State representatives voted on the revision of ecodesign regulations, including rules for stage and studio lighting. The final text grants further exemptions to the live performance, which means most of our remaining demands were taken into account: – Stand-by power: An extra paragraph was introduced for our sector, as requested, to clarify the text and the exemption for light networks used in theatres and other venues – Strong LED white lights: exempted (we wait for the details) – Colour tuneable lights: Extension of the wavelength of
As part of the Theatres Trust being J&C Joel’s Charity of the Year, together we are offering an in-kind support fund J&C Joel’s Setting the Stage Fund will provide up to £10,000 of in-kind support to one UK based not-for-profit theatre. The support will be offered in the form of J&C Joel’s products and services which can include but isn’t limited to: front of house drapery; masking and black out drapery; tracks and servicing of stage engineering equipment. Click here for further information The deadline for entries will be Friday, November 30 with a shortlist announced in January. The shortlisted