Backstage is a multi-functional building with a host of areas and rooms ideal for performances, rehearsals, workshops, conferences, exhibitions and meetings. Our Auditorium, Canal Studio, Meeting Room & Atrium Gallery space with bar provide ample opportunity for you to make the most of your event or conference.


The state of the art auditorium accommodates 212 persons (including disabled access for 6). Its lavishly appointed interior features comfortable fixed raked seating, a proscenium stage and includes access to dressing and green room spaces.

It is fully equipped with stage lighting, PA, WIFI, Audio Visual Equipment and offers the support of our technical team who are on hand to help in any way they can. The space is suitable for conferences, seminars and theatre performances.


Stage Dimensions

Proscenium width, column to column 12.50m
Overall stage width 15.55m
Depth from back wall to stage edge 7.63m
Height from stage to lighting bars 5.17m

Stage Fittings

Full House Curtains – Red on manual track
Masking – Black with dim out backing. Four sets of legs and borders
Cyclorama – Full fill black plus full fill white


Prop store and workroom 4.8m x 10.976


A HD BirdDog and Wirecast live recording and live streaming facility is available consisting of two
fixed and two floating remote operated cameras.
This service is subject to fees and availability.
If you wish to record your show please email our Stage Manager Sean Mulroy

3 x Crown XLI 3500w
2 x JLB 600w Bass Bins
2 x JBL 500w Tops
6 x JBL 350 w passive monitors

3 Audio technic condenser mics
5 x SM 58
1 x SM57
1 x T-bone (Sm 58 copy)
2 x Sennheiser hand held radio mics
An assortment of cheap and cheerful Shure mics!
5 x Boom mic stand and 3 heavy based straight stands
4 x Samson C02 condenser mics

Studiomaster 32:4:2 Digital or Dynacord CMS 1600 16/4/2

Patch Panel
16 channel – Located Down Stage Right with stage run out

Master station located in control room with links to SL and SR with four additional belt packs available. Show relay to dressing room corridor only.

2 x Sony single mini disc players. One with auto pause

Over Stage Lighting Grid
This consists of ten bars in all including five electric drill operated winch bars and five fixed bars. The electric drill operated bars include four 15 amp internally wired bars which can be rehung on desired bars. The maximum distributed loading on any one bar is 250kg SWL. The maximum height on the lowest bar is 5.17m.

For a full CAD drawing of the stage area see the downloads above.

Front of House Gantry
Steel Gantry with fourteen 15amp circuits. – Access ladders from stage left & right and from both floor levels crossing the auditorium..

Control System
ETC Element 250 with Touch Screen
Android tablet as wireless riggers remote

72 x L.D. 90 10m digital dimmer
12 x Chilli Pro with Hot Power By -Pass

Lantern List
Cantata F 1200w x 12
Cantata PC 1200w x 4
Selcon Rama F 1200w x 13
ETC Source 4 Profile 25/50 x 8
ETC Source 4 Profile 15/30 x 6
ETC Source 4 Jnr Zoom 25/50 x6
Parcan Par 64 1000w x 18
IRIS Floods 1250W x 12
Other equipment subject to availability
6 x Boom bases and 3 m pipes
12 x boom arms and stage weights
12 x Light weight telescopic Doughty scenery braces
3 – 2x1m porta-stage/drum riser sections
Epsom 1975 5000 lumen projector and the option of 16:9 234 cm or full white cyc for projection. This is available on request with prior notice
4 – 10x 8 m sections of Black Marley Dance Flooring available on request. This is subject to additional charges

General Facilities
Stage Left / Lower Level
Capacity: 214

Dressing Room:

Two purpose designed dressing rooms complete with electric
showers, mirrors, lights, wash-hand basins etc.
Separate toilets with wash hand basins
Iron & Ironing board
Wash Rooms: Male & Female

Green Room:

Stage Right / Lower Level

Both ladies and gentlemens toilets with wash hand basin

Laundry Room:
Washing machine
Ironing boards and irons

Plant & Tool Room: Limited access area

Large area with flat/direct access to stage via 2 automatic shutter doors


Canal Studio

The Canal Studio is a flexible space ideal for performances, conferences, seminars, courses, workshops, meetings & rehearsals. The space accommodates up to 100 people. Fully equipped with Wifi internet access, audio visual equipment, projector and projector screen, high tech lighting, podium, microphones, dvd player, flip boards and of course our fabulous and very accommodating technical team who are on hand to help in any way they can.

The studio is painted white with one mirrored wall. A continuous black drape and track system surrounds the room to create a black box space
Dimensions – The Canal Studio is a flexible black box space measuring 14.5 x 7.9
Audience capacity – 100 loose chairs and / or standing capacity to a max of 150
subject to performance space requirement.
Floor – Black sprung wooden floor. Fixing to floor is not permitted
Staging – Performances can be staged on the floor either end or in the round. There are 3 sections of portable Prostage RK 200/100 giving a max stage area of 3 x 2 metre
Dressing Rooms – 1 room without facilities is available adjacent to The Canal Studio. Two dressing rooms are available on the next level down
Drapes and masking– There is no masking in the studio but masking from the main auditorium can be used subject to availability
Height access – 10ft wooden A- frame ladder
Conference equipment – Wifi internet access, audio visual equipment, projector and projector screen, high tech lighting, podium, microphones, DVD player, flip boards.

Additional equipment – Lighting, sound, stage weights, cables etc may be obtained from the main auditorium strictly subject to availability.


Control Desk – Zero 88 Jester 12/24
Dimming – 6 x ETC Smart Modules . 24 circuits in total
12 x Selcon 650 Fresnels
6 x Source 4 Jnr zoom 25/50
6 x 1000 w Parcans
4 x Strand Coda 500 floods
Fixed grid height – 3.8 m. The grid spans the entire room


Desk – Yamaha EMX 5016 powered mixer
Speakers – 2 x Yamaha SM10 v 250 w
2 x Behringer Eurolive B212XL 200 w
2 x The Box T18 500 w subs
Playback –1 x Sony MD player (no auto pause!)
Miscellaneous sound :- 4 x passive DI’s
4 x Boom mic stands
Mics – 3x T-bone dynamic mics
2 x Shure Sm 58

meeting room

Meeting Room

Our meeting room is an ideal space for interviews, training sessions and small meetings. Equipped with tables, chairs, WIFI, power supply, projector and projector screen, it is a flexible space to suit any occasion.

Our team is dedicated to providing a flexible and professional environment and tailoring the meeting setup to your needs.

Please feel free to contact a member of our team to inquire about our facilities.



Atrium Gallery

Our Atrium Gallery is the ideal space in which to display your works of art in a forum that will be seen by the theatre’s diverse audience. Artists with an interest in showcasing their work should contact our general manager Mona Considine for more details.

atrium bar

Atrium Bar

Our Atrium Bar & Coffee Dock is open for pre-theatre & interval drinks and snacks for our evening performances and select matinee performances.

We’ve introduced a pre-order drinks facility that will save you time queuing at the interval so you can chat with friends over a glass of vino or a hot cuppa. Be sure to inquire when you arrive.

Our bar accepts cash and card payments.