Working in Hot Weather

Following the extreme temperatures we experienced recently the Theatre Safety Committee, which the SMA sits on, created a Hot Weather Guidance for theatre professionals & provided the industry with some ideas around managing any future heat events.

SMA supports Job Shares and family and carer friendly scheduling in theatre and live events

SMA and SMA board are fully committed to introducing job shares for our members whenever possible and we actively support PIPA and their family friendly arts policies Recently the SMA Board discussed job sharing, and we will be looking at making this a new option on the Blueform for Freelist from September At present you …

David Ayliff Award for Lifetime Achievement Winner Announced

The recipent of the David Ayliff Award for 2022 is Diana Fraser. Diana was nominated by actor/director and tutor Annie Tyson supported by several industry colleagues In her nomination Annie said: Diana is an extraordinary woman with a passionate love of the theatre and an extraordinary range of knowledge of theatre history, art, literature, music …

Safe use of Pyros

An Aid to pyro risk assessment Geoffrey Joyce explains how to keep safe around Pyros this XmasFrom the beginning of time theatrical events have been calling for bigger and better effects in the form of flashes and bangs. Not so long ago a technician might sprinkle black ‘flash’ power on to a fine fuse wire …

SMA raises concerns about multi-tasking and multiskilling in backstage work

Multi-tasking is a subject we write about elsewhere in SMAgenda, but there has also been a lot of discussion about the configuration of SM teams recently – the difficult position of ‘CSM on the book’ is often criticised as having an almost impossible job description (after all the CSM role should be described as Company and Stage …

#WeMakeEvents briefing:
Post-Brexit EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement impact on touring productions.
A summary

One of our members Di Fraser attended a Brexit seminar at PLASA /ABTT Show and here is her brief report: Plasa/ABTT  Trade Fair at Olympia Monday 6th September The opening point made was what we are all already aware of: before Brexit international touring onto the continent was pretty simple. Now it is not! New systems …