Winter School 2020 (Thursday Full Day Ticket, seminars & Tech)

  • 09 Jan 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Royal Central School of Speech and Drama


  • Members of IPS, ALD, AMPS, SMA and PSA.
    Registration Code Required.
  • Any person enrolled in Higher Education or Apprenticeship Scheme and Educators. Attendees must be over 18.

Registration is closed

Join us for the third ASD Winter School, this time it's bigger than ever.

We are back at RCSSD in Swiss Cottage.

A link to their Google Maps Page is here.

The nearest tube is Swiss Cottage, parking is extremely limited. 

This event is organised by the ASD and is eligible for Travel Assistance*. Find out more via the website.

We will have 4 sessions a day in the Embassy Theatre, plus 4 Corporate Members each day will be on hand to explain their latest innovations.

This ticket will give you access to every event on Thursday

Thursday 9th of January


10.30AM - 12NOON

Sound designer Kirsty Gillmore walks us through the techniques of designing for different mediums.

Kirsty Gillmore is an experienced sound designer and sound engineer she is also a fully trained classical musician, composer and experienced performer. Her credits include Kill Climate Deniers: The Pleasance Theatre, The Little Prince: Arcola Theatre, Cancel the Sunshine: Hope Theatre, L'Ospedale: Wilton's Music Hall, Murderer: Upstairs at the Gatehouse, The Shadow Formula: Greenwood Theatre.

1PM - 2.30PM

DESIGNING FOR MUSICALS: Q&A with Richard Brooker

Join Richard as he unravels how he designs sound for musicals. In a change to the usual seminar format, Richard will answer your questions, discussing how his career has developed and giving you a unique insight into how he creates the sound environments for his performances. This session aims to create a relaxed and informal atmosphere that will allow attendees to learn as much as possible.

If you have a question for Richard you can email us in advance, or simply turn upon the day and take advantage of this opportunity to get to the heart of designing for musicals.

Richard Brooker's credits as sound designer include: Orfeus: Young Vic Theatre, West Side Story: Manchester Royal Exchange 2nd season, How The Grinch Stole Christmas: UK Tour, The Bodyguard: German Tour, West Side Story: Manchester Royal Exchange, Annie: UK Tour, The Bodyguard: UK Tour, Twelfth Night: Young Vic, Benidorm Live: UK Tour, Dusty: UK Tour, Sunshine on Leith: UK Tour, Sunshine on Leith: West Yorkshire Playhouse, Phantom Of The Opera: Staged Symphonic Concert, Moscow. Dreamgirls – West End, Funny Girl - Menier Chocolate Factory, West End & UK Tour, Sweet Charity - Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre, Sister Act - Leicester Curve & UK tour, Xanadu - Southwark Playhouse, Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined - West End & Menier Chocolate Factory, The Last Tango – West End & UK tour, Annie - UK Tour, Bend It Like Beckham – Phoenix Theatre London.


Integration of Lighting, Automation and Video Systems

Dominic Bilkey takes a look at the types of equipment and protocols used when linking different disciplines together. 


PANEL DISCUSSION: UK Technical Backstage Entertainment Industry Mental Health Evaluation 

Over the Summer of 2019, the biggest survey of backstage professionals was commissioned by industry Associations, ABTT, ALD, ASD, PLASA and PSA. In association with project “Blackout” the immersive mental health installation using lighting sound and video.  The report has been completed and the results are going to be explained in this panel, hosted by Zoe Milton

Join Dr. Paul Hanna (University of Surrey), Mig Burgess (Guildford School of Acting) and members of the ALD, ASD, ABTT, PLASA and PSA as they discuss how we can use this information to promote positive mental health within the industry and support the members of our industry who are currently coping with a mental health problem.

The Tech Hub

Just when you thought we had no more to give! Join our amazing Corporate Members in the Tech Hub to share their expertise. The list is not yet definitive, so be sure to check in regularly to see who's joining us.

Thursday: DPA, QLab, AVID

Got a specific Query? Book a slot via the individual Booking forms.

Small Print:

Please note, the ASD reserves the right to make changes to the programme without prior notice. Such alterations may occasionally be necessary due to circumstances beyond our control.

All events will be filmed and photographed - your presence confirms your permission for the ASD to use any images or recordings of you in our publicity materials and seminar archive.

The ASD does not accept responsibility for anyone acting as a result of information or views expressed on its training courses including course material. Opinions expressed are those of individual trainers and not necessarily those of the ASD. Participants should take professional advice when dealing with specific situations.

Travel Assistance Scheme

If you are an ASD member living more than 50 miles from where the ASD are holding a training session, the ASD may pay part of your travel costs to get you there.

Professional, Associate and NCO members may receive 33% of the cost of the price paid for rail travel, up to the cost of 33% of a standard saver return rail fare.

Future Professional members may receive 50% of the cost of the price paid for rail travel, up to the cost of 50% of a standard saver return rail fare with a Young Persons Rail Card.

If you travel by means other than train, please submit relevant receipts, but the maximums above will still apply.


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