The Society of British Theatre Designers

  • Twelfth Night
  • The Insect Play
  • and it all comes down to this...
  • Alcina
  • Wings of Desire
  • Amateur Girl Production Photo
Staging Places: We Are The Storytellers Now - open until March 13, 2020 at V&A London




Make/Believe  hosted by Nottingham Trent University Newton Building

14  – 31 January 

10am – 5pm Monday – Saturday

Our Education and Professional Development Programme

In staging these nationally significant exhibitions every four years, we see it as vital to our future that we aim to engage as broad a range of young people, students, educators, theatre communities and fellow practitioners as possible in our education and professional development programme.

Workshops and self guided teacher visits for secondary schools and FE/ Foundation students will be taking place from 15 – 28 January throughout the run of Make: Believe. The programme is co-ordinated by Nettie Scriven working with Sarah Lewis as workshop facilitator, both exhibiting designers in the Make: Believe exhibition.

If you are interested in booking a workshop, please contact Nettie on 0781 6205343


Wednesday 28 January

The View From Here : A Collaborative Curatorial Project to Create the UK Student Exhibit for PQ’15

The Association of Courses in Theatre Design (ACTD) in partnership with the Society of British Theatre Designers (SBTD) are delighted to announce their first ever joint curatorial project by, for and with students of performance design currently studying in the UK.

The View From Here will see up to 50 student ambassadors representing approximately 25 institutions develop and curate the student exhibit for the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (PQ’15) which will take place 18th – 28th June 2015.

Working with a group of 5 professional designers and curators, this student project will form part of a three-day residency at Nottingham Trent University. From this workshop process, student ambassadors will apply to be selected for 10 curatorial bursaries that will give them the opportunity to install and facilitate the UK national student exhibit in Prague.

Student ambassadors from all institutions will continue to contribute to the project via The View From Here Facebook group which has been running since October 2014

11.30 – 13.30    Registration The View From Here – Newton Building, Nottingham Trent University

14.00 – 18.00   1st student curatorial workshop session The View From Here


Thursday 29 January

10.00 – 16.00     All day student curatorial workshops The View From Here – Newton Building

16.00 – 18.00    Participatory Theatre: The Saviour of Regional Theatre?

A debate hosted by Nottingham Trent University in partnership with Nottingham Playhouse at Nottingham Playhouse.

With yet another British Theatre funding crisis, the future of regional theatre remains uncertain. Reports of English arts funding of £69 per head in London and £4.60 elsewhere illustrate the problem.

Nonetheless, some forms of Participatory Theatre appear to be thriving. These include Theatre in Education, Young People’s Theatre, Forum Theatre and Theatre for Development; performance-focussed work and processbased activity aimed at personal, group and/or social development. This is happening in diverse areas such as work, political, social and community settings, and practitioners may be professional theatre performers and directors, facilitators in social work and education.

Many regional theatres have a long-standing and precious relationship with their communities. Could a dynamic and participating community be the life blood that regional theatre seeks? Will theatre ensure that community participation is central to artistic endeavour? And how does it affect theatres’ relationships with funding bodies, communities, education and art?

Giles Croft, Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse will chair the debate.

The Panel
• Fiona Buffini, Nottingham Playhouse Associate Director
• Adrian Jackson, founder and Artistic Director of Cardboard Citizens Artistic Director 
• Bill Mitchell, Artistic Director of Wildworks. 
• Richard Willacy, Associate Artistic Director and Executive Director of Birmingham Opera Company.

This is event is free to attend but please reserve your place by calling the Box Office on 0115 941 9419.

Link to PDF at top of page.


Friday 30 January

10.00 – 12.30  The View From Here student curatorial workshops continue

11.00 – 18.00  HE Courses Conference

Newton Lecture Theatre 2, Nottingham Trent University

Speakers include : Gary McCann, Angela Davies, Sean Myatt and Robert Allsopp

For full details of this event, please contact Patrick Connellan


Saturday 31 January

11 – 12.30          Meeting between ALD, SDUK, ASD and SBTD invited representatives.

12.30 – 13.15    Lunch and registration for The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

13.30 – 16.30 The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Over the past six months we have been tracking the good, the bad and the frankly ugly ‘opportunities’ being presented as jobs for designers.

In November 2015 the Society of British Theatre Designers turns 40, and you know what they say – life begins…

Where are we now?   Where are we going?  What can we do?


Join us in the Newton building at Nottingham Trent University,-1.153893&z=15&cid=3969239515146737744&q=Nottingham+Trent+University&output=classic&dg=ntvb

 to discuss, debate and plan the way forward with a range of guest speakers and provocateurs.

We would welcome contributions from directors, producers, lighting, sound and video designers and anyone else with an interest in this conversation, so please spread the word.

Link to PDF at top of page.

The event is free to attend. To book a place, please contact Fiona Watt

16.30 onwards – Designer Drinks

The event will be followed by the opportunity to continue networking with colleagues, friends and new acquaintances at our Designer Drinks reception to mark the end of the run of Make/Believe in Nottingham and the launch of World Scenography Vol.2 in association with Nick Hern books.