This information will be transferred to the new PMF during 2017

If you are interested in reviewing previous PMF meetings held in 2009 or 2010, please scroll down through the items below which are listed in date order - the most recent first.

Wednesday 20 October 2010

Production Managers Meeting
Subject: 'Guns'
Speaker: Ruth Cooper Brown, R C Annie
Date: Wednesday 20 October
Time: 16.30-18.00 followed by a visit to the bar
Venue: CAA, 20 Bedford Street , LONDON WC2E 9HP
Look for the Bok Bar and its the Red Door on the left
Ruth is partner in R C Annie, specialists in the use of weapons and effects for theatre and film. They have run several 'Guns n Blood' courses for the SMA. With gun safety on stage being very topical at the moment, she will refresh us on best practice and all the latest legislation.
Who may attend: Production Managers Forum Members plus all SMA Members.
What should I do next? Please let the SMA Office know if you plan to come along so we have an idea of numbers.

Wednesday 15 September 2010

The next meeting will be held at PLASA 2010 in Earls Court on WEDNESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER at 11am.
The subject will be:
'Is the new TMA/BECTU Code of Conduct for Get-Ins, Fit-Ups and Get-Outs
The panel to kick off the discussion will be chaired by Ken Bennett-Hunter.
Please note you have to register for PLASA to come to the session, you can do so at

John Watts Memorial Forum 2010

If you would like to read the full report of this event and are a member of the PMF please email the SMA and we will return a copy to you.

Tuesday 27 April 2010

Use of Projection in Theatre
Where: PLASA Focus, Leeds
Time: 14.30-15.30
Speakers: Dick Straker of Mesmer and Malcolm Mellows from XL Video.
Chair: Ken Bennett-Hunter

For more information and to register, click on the link below:
Use of Projection in Theatre

Time: 2.30pm - 3.30pm

Synopsis: This session will address the practicalities of sourcing, scheduling, budgeting and managing the use of projection in theatre productions. What equipment do you need? What are the implications for the other technical creatives and the fit-up and technical schedules? Do you need dedicated staff or can the operation fit in with existing staff's duties and how can they be adequately trained? What are the touring and maintenance consequences? These, and more, questions will be addressed by the speakers who have between them vast experience of designing and implementing projection on theatre productions. There will be plenty of opportunity for attendees to ask questions and seek advice.

Audience: Anyone involved in or faced with putting together or managing a show featuring projection

Plasa Focus

Wednesday 17 March 2010

Production Managers Forum
Title: Automation
Venue: CAA, 20 Bedford Street, London, WC2E 9HP
Time: 16.30-18.00 followed by a visit to the bar
Speaker: Chris Augur from Stage One will lead this discussion.
This is a FREE event open to all SMA and ABTT Members of the PMF.
Please contact the SMA Office to advise if you hope to attend, just so we can collate numbers.

Meetings in 2009

All 2009 meetings have now happened.

Wednesday 28 October
Transport - how DO you get your set from Brighton to Aberdeen, or even Greece or Japan? And how do you do it ecologically?

Wednesday 28 October, 4.30-6pm, bar open after meeting
CAA, 20 Bedford Street
Panel chaired by David Evans with three transport experts - UK, Europe and Worldwide. Your chance to ask questions!

Wednesday 9 September 2009

Production Managers Forum
Title: Projection Techniques and Training
Venue: CAA, 20 Bedford Street, London, WC2E 9HP
Time: 16.30-18.00 followed by a visit to the bar
Speakers: Nigel March
This is a FREE event open to all SMA and ABTT Members of the PMF.
Please contact the SMA Office to advise if you hope to attend, just so we can collate numbers.

Nigel March, Training Director of Projection Training Europe will be leading this seminar on the growth of projection technology.

Theatre projection has grown and affects the lives of the Production Manager, Lighting Designer and the Designer - the art of projection has developed not only in theatre but across diverse applications such as cinema, son et lumiere, retail, advertising/marketing, art installations and exhibitions, houses of worship, theme parks, concerts, corporate presentations, medical & scientific visualisation, training simulation, education, sports and political events.

The potential surfaces to be projected upon extends way beyond the flat screen, they are many and diverse, including natural formations such as rock faces, clouds, to man-made objects such as fountains, ice rinks, buildings, hot air balloons, boat sails, monuments, power stations, inflatables, stadiums, conference venues, drive in cinemas - to name but a few.

Nigel March will also be outlining training courses for those wishing to gain more knowledge about the aesthetic and practical aspects of projection technology.

Wednesday 13 May 2009 - John Watts Memorial Forum

All SMA Members are welcome to attend the 2009 John Watts Memorial Forum.
Date: Wednesday 13 May
Time: 16.30-18.00 followed by a visit to the bar.
Venue: CAA, 20 Bedford Street, London,
Topic: Code of Conduct for Touring
Contact the SMA Office just to let us know you hope to attend so we can judge numbers.
Wednesday 18 March 2009
THIS MEETING HAS NOW OCCURED - check back here for details of the next meeting.
Who can attend: For this meeting any member of the SMA or ABTT may attend.
Topic: Production Managers & SMA Forum on how to design better backstage areas for theatres
Venue: CAA, 20 Bedford Street, London, WC2E 9HP
Time: 16.00-18.30 followed by a visit to the bar

In fact this forum does not address production managers exclusively at
all, it needs stage managers particularly for this discussion!

A panel to kick off the session will be chaired by Ken Bennett-Hunter
who is one of the team updating the classic Rod Ham book on theatre
planning. His section, unsurprisingly, concerns the backstage, or 'BOH'
as theatre consultants call it ('Back of House', as opposed to FOH. I
know, doesn't work for me either.).

Other participants will include former PM Petrus Bertschinger, largely
instrumental in making the Unicorn a practical and successful new
theatre. He is now a theatre consultant, as is Martin Bailey, Steve Roberts and Andy Hayles
who will be joining him on the panel. What they'd like to know -
from you, the practitioners - is:


Architects and consultants are seeking feedback from the profes sionals
on current practices, what works best and what does not, good examples of
different bits from theatres around the country/world.
Not so much about what doesn't work, but examples of how it does and can
This meeting will look specifically at receiving houses or the areas
around stage required in producing theatres but not especially at the
making/rehearsing bits which will probably be subject of a separate
session at some point.

So come prepared with your views and some practical examples, including
maybe recent touring specifications to show what you're asking theatres
to provide, for instance on -

- load ins/outs; scene docks; storage; etc
- BOH circulation; access to FOH
- dressing rooms; temporary SM offices; physio rooms
- crew rooms and green rooms
- running wardrobe; laundry
- running props; scenery repairs
- LX stores; sound and AV stores; stage stores
- wings and cross-overs
- galleries and gantries
- understages and orchestra pits
- legs and borders
- flying systems
- show operation
- changes in operations due to new legislation/working time directive,
working at height, noise at work, manual handling, etc

I think it's extremely positive that finally those who have to organise
and run backstage are asked for their views (let's not wonder too much
why they were never, or not frequently, asked before....), so I hope
you'll turn up in your droves and tell those who are instrumental in
creating new theatre spaces and refurbishing old ones exactly what would

You need to be an SMA or ABTT member to attend this session, please let us know if you're planning to come by emailing: