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Technical

The Theatre
If you represent a theatre company, or band who are coming to our theatre,or you are interested in hiring the theatre for a conference,the following technical information may be of use to you.If you require any further assistance,please call our Technical Department on 0191 4541234 (ext.235).

Stage
Stage Depth: 7.8 metres
Stage Width: 14.7 metres
Proscenium Opening: 10 metres
Grid Height: 6.5 metres
Fully dressed stage with black tabs or white cyc.
Black box surround
Black wooden . floor
Fixed grid - no . flying.
Electric scissor lift (operation by in house staff only)
6 Hemp sets
6x 2x1m Lite decking (various size legs avail)
Hydraulic orchestra pit, which can be raised/lowered to 3 different preset levels

Lighting
ETC Congo Jr
ETC Sensor Dimmers
70 15amp circuits. 24 circuits FOH.
3 x 10 way on-stage spot bars
2 x 8 on-stage dips
limited gel stock (Lee Filter).
20 x 1.2k Selecon fresnels with barn doors
20 x 650w Strand SL pro . les
20 x 1k par 64 par cans
6 x 500w . floods

Sound
Allen and Heath GL 4000
3x 500 Watt crest, LA 901amps.
Cluster of 4 EAW speakers 400 Watt 8 ohm
2x eaw power monitors
2x ACF powered monitors
Various mics including SM58, SM57, SM57beta & condenser mics
7 x Single DI boxes
1 twin cd player and 2 md players
SM comms 4 stations, show relay calls.

Audio Visual
LCD projector (poa) DVD,DV,VHS video and laptop available as sources
Plasma screen also available

Stage Management
Technicians available on request. Casuals can be called if required.

Backstage
Dressing Room 1, with Shower +WC
Dressing Room 2, WC only
Dressing Room 3, with Shower +WC
Dressing Room 4, with Shower +2 WC
Washing Machine and Tumble Dryer available
2 x understage dressing rooms with toilets and shower

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The Studio

Stage
Stage Depth: 5 metres Stage Width: 10 metres Grid Height: 6 metres

Lighting
Strand Genius Pro Light Pallette 14 circuits FOH 2 x 8 way spot bars on stage 2 x 2 stage dips. Lights available from main house selection

Sound
Soundcraft folio 12/2 Amp bell PCX 8024 250 watt CD player and Mini Disk Player 4 Speaker and MonitOrs Selection of mics from Main House SM Comms 2 stations and show relAy

Dressing Room
From 1-5 people WC and Shower

Stage Management
Technicians available on request. Casuals can be called if required.


The Gallery

The newly refurbished Customs House Gallery, now boasts the latest lighting, sound and visual effects technology, in increas- ingly accessible surroundings, which will enable us to display the growing number of audio/visual arts. As well as offering a space that is attractive to artists and their work, we want The Customs House Gallery to be accommodating to everyone in the local community. The state of the art architectural lighting rig enables individual artworks to be lit in isolation, at any level and with any colour mix. There are two intelligent, computer controlled Robo lights that can provide a variety of effects around the gallery. Motorised blinds change the ambient lighting conditions to suit the varying exhibition requirements.

There is a four zone sound system that can be operated inde- pendently to provide either commentary and/or music in the various gallery spaces. A video projector and 42” plasma screen will enable us to par- ticipate in the growing popularity of audio-visual art Motorised blinds that can be used to manipulate the appearance of the Gallery. Other electronic display equipment is also available such as laptop computers, a digital video projector, CD/DVD player, Mini Disc, and an MP3 player. 

Great emphasis has been placed on improving our access for people with mobility restrictions so in addition to the lift from ground floor to Main Gallery, there is also chair lift access the second floor Fusion Gallery. Magnetic door catches have been installed on the Main Gallery doors to facilitate easier entrance for wheelchair users. An audio-descriptive system that will provide detailed expla- nations about the artwork and its inspiration, to the blind or partially sighted, while also enhancing the experience of those with hearing impairments through amplification of sound. This is state of the art technology and we are one of the first venues in the country to use it. All of these features are produced by the latest digital signal technology, and controlled by laptop computer.

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Opening Hours

Box Office
Sun - Tues 10am - 6pm,
Wed - Sat 10am - 8pm.
Performance days
Box Office open until 8pm

The Green Room
10.00am - 4pm - 
non performance days
10:00am - Late -
performance days

Gallery
10:00 - 20:30 (Performance Days)
10:00 - 18.00 (Non performance days, Sun & Bank Hols)

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