The Society of British Theatre Designers

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Welcome to the Society of British Theatre Designers.

We are here for our members, friends and those interested in our activities.

The Society was created to benefit you and your profession - to explore and further the role of the designer within the arts today. Your membership can make a difference.

As a professional and social organisation run by designers for the benefit of designers, the SBTD is best placed to support us in our working lives.

The Blue Pages Magazine:

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Blue Pages is the Society of British Theatre Designers' quarterly journal. It is sent out to all members (Professional, Graduate, Student, Associates and Retired) as part of their subscription. Containing a diverse range of articles on contemporary performance design practice from innovative practitioners across the disciplines of performing and visual arts, architecture, research and education, this is a must read for all those with an interest in our field.

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Exhibition Partners

We would like to thank our Principal Sponsors for their support during Make/Believe : UK Design for Performance 2011 - 2015 during its residency at Nottingham Trent University and at the Prague Quadrennial 2015.

  • Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
  • V&A
  • Backstage Academy
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • The Linbury Trust

Exhibition Sponsors

  • Promp Side Theatrical Drapery
  • ETC
  • WNO: Welsh National Opera
  • Robe
  • White Light
  • Stage Technologies
  • Applied Arts - where imagination takes form
  • CTS: Cardiff Theatrical Services
  • Splinter
  • ASD - Association of Sound Designers
  • ABTT


Becs Andrews headshot; Photo copyright- Richard Hanson

It is with immense sadness and a deep sense of shock that we have to announce that our friend and colleague, designer Becs Andrews passed away on 6th January 2015.

Becs made a profound impact with the work that she made both as a commissioned designer and an artist in her own right producing ground breaking work with her own company.

Despite such an intense, creative career, she still found time to mentor and support young designers coming through, was a passionate educator and contributed fully to lobbying for improved fees and conditions for designers.

Becs’ contributions to our national exhibitions at SBTD and to World Stage Design were always bold and striking.

Alongside The Designers Formation, the agency that represented Becs, we are working to support her family by gathering tributes to Becs and documentation of her work.

A full tribute will appear in the next issue of Blue Pages.

If you would like to contribute please contact