The 2014 Technical Theatre Awards (TTAs), which celebrate the outstanding achievements of people working behind the scenes will take place on 7 October at 17H00 on The Theatres Trust Stage at PLASA London, which is taking place from 5 to 8 October at London’s ExCel. The TTAs will also have their own stand during PLASA.
The awards, which debuted at PLASA 2013, were established to give due credit to the often unsung heroes and heroines that work backstage to make the theatre magic happen. With the guidance of TTAs co-founders and organisers Ian Taylor and Olivia Dermot Walsh, the event has attracted immediate support from some of the biggest names and companies in the industry, including Philips Entertainment, PRG, and Triple E, all of which are sponsoring the awards again this year.
The TTAs announced nominees for their 2014 awards as voting opened during the ABTT Theatre Show in London in June. Sixty-three individuals and venues are nominated across 18 awards covering all disciplines of technical theatre, ranging from achievements in Stage Management to Scenic Artistry, Wardrobe to Make-up and Wigs. According to organisers, more than 1 000 people voted in the first 24 hours of voting going live. Voting is still open on the website and will close on 30 September.
“We are delighted to be returning to PLASA London and The Theatres Trust stage to present this year’s Technical Theatre Awards,” says Taylor. “Since their conception the TTAs have received a huge amount of support from individuals and the industry as a whole. As we continue to develop and improve them we look to the industry to get involved in supporting and shaping the future of the awards. As we go forward we hope to develop relationships with industry associations and organisations to continue and improve the nomination process. These awards are for people working in the industry, created and operated by the industry, and we hope they will become an invaluable asset.
Major industry organisations are again showing support for the TTAs. Sponsored Awards are:
The Douglas Turnbull Award for Outstanding Achievement in Stage Management (Supported by Opera Holland Park);
The Philips Entertainment Award for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting;
The PRG Award for Outstanding Achievement in Production Management;
The Triple E Award for Outstanding Achievement in Flys & Rigging;
The Rigging Team Award for Outstanding Achievement in Automation;
The Total Solutions Group Award for Outstanding Achievement in Set Construction;
The Training for Design Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education;
The Rosco Award for Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Artistry;
The GDS Award for Venue Sustainability;
The Pearce Hire Award for Outstanding Achievement in Stage Crew;
The Hawthorn Receiving Venue of the Year Award;
The Pigs Might Fly South Award for Outstanding Achievement in Make-up and Wigs;
The Stage Sound Services Award for Outstanding Achievement in Media Server Programming;
The d&b Audiotechnik Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound;
The Robe Hire Company of the Year Award;
The IOGIG Award for Outstanding Achievement in Wardrobe; and
The AD Vision Award for Outstanding Achievement in Props
If any company or individual wants to get in on the action, the award for Outstanding Achievement in Performer Flying is still looking for its ideal sponsor.
To find out more about the TTAs, or to nominate, visit www.technicaltheatreawards.com