Thank you to our Conference 19: Centre Stage supporters

We would like to offer our thanks to the companies who support Theatres Trust Conference 19: Centre Stage – artist and audience at the heart of theatres, taking place at Battersea Arts Centre on 15 October. 

The diverse group of sponsor and partner organisations make our annual conference possible. 

Special thanks go to Platinum sponsors Theatre Projects and Unusual, and Gold sponsors Bennetts Associates, Haworth Tompkins and HQ Theatres and Hospitality. 

Here's why they support Conference 19: Centre Stage artist and audience at the heart of theatres.

Platinum sponsor | Theatre Projects

Like any town, theatres are places of many communities where it is important that everyone’s needs are considered, and none ignored. This is true for both sides of the house, whether you are a resident or just visiting. Taking care of the audience, actor and everyone in between is a balance that can only be drawn out through debate. 

Theatre Projects

Platinum sponsor and Lanyard sponsor | Unusual

Once again, we are delighted to be Platinum Sponsor of the Theatres Trust Conference 19. This year’s theme Centre Stage: artist and audience at the heart of theatres is set to provoke some interesting conversation and debate as these events always do. From our Unusual perspective we are no strangers to delivering solutions in non-traditional performance spaces, such as railway stations, casinos, under canvas... and we look forward to sharing our anecdotes and ways we have overcome the challenges these projects have thrown our way. Events like this annual conference are a fundamental way of ensuring that we keep talking, keep knowledge sharing and keep questioning - it is only through doing so that we ensure that we, as equipment, service or solutions providers within the industry are delivering, not just what the buildings allow, but what performers need to create the art and what the audiences require in order to experience the art in the way it has been envisioned.

 Alan Jacobi, Unusual

Gold sponsor | Bennetts Associates

The Theatres Trust conference is the best forum of its kind in the industry and its one which continues to influence and challenge our thinking as a practice. It brings theatre people, designers, builders and consultants together to showcase success and debate the future, and it rightly places theatre-building in its wider social context.

Simon Erridge, Bennetts Associates

Gold sponsor | Haworth Tompkins

Once again, Haworth Tompkins is delighted to support the Theatres Trust in the essential task of protecting the heritage of our performance spaces whilst keeping them relevant and effective for contemporary practice. Central to that mission is a deep knowledge of theatre architecture, combined with an understanding of the communion between artist and audience as an active, dynamic entity, constantly reframed by social, political and environmental debates. How we strike that complex balance in a rapidly changing, increasingly chaotic world might, I hope, be the crux of this year’s conference.

 Steve Tompkins, Haworth Tompkins

Gold sponsor, Mid Morning Break sponsor and Bursary sponsor | HQ Theatres and Hospitality

HQ Theatres & Hospitality is delighted, once again, to be supporting the Theatres Trust Conference. As a major venue operator, our audiences and their interaction with our theatres is of crucial importance. Through the sharing of knowledge and best practice with others in the sector the Theatres Trust Conference will help to support theatres up and down the country in making the most of their buildings; overcoming the challenges and capitalising on the creative opportunities offered by their spaces. We’re proud to play a small part in making that happen.

Julian Russell, Chief Executive, HQ Theatres & Hospitality

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