If you’re visiting us, there are some technical questions you may have. Everything you need should be in this section, and if it isn’t, let us know!
Please note that equipment details may change due to renewals or breakages. It is therefore always advisable to treat this information as a guide only and to confirm the details with theatre manager or technical staff.
The theatre seats 343, 194 in the stalls and 149 in the balcony. The back row of the centre stalls is demountable to allow room for three wheelchairs. There is an induction loop covering the stalls from row C to the rear of the stalls and the entire balcony. There are three showers backstage, one of which is designed for wheelchair use. There are four dressing rooms, capable of accommodating 25 people.
Stage plans are available in PDF format here (stage) and here (bars). The auditorium layout can be found on this page.
For all other technical details, including lighting and sound details, please see below:
STRODE THEATRE, STREET, SOMERSET
Maximum Capacity 344
Lower Balcony 76
Upper Balcony 73
The back row of the centre stalls is demountable to allow space for four wheelchairs. This row can also be used as a sound control position, please contact the technical department well in advance should you want to use this facility – they need to inform the box office before tickets go on sale.
Level access for wheelchairs through doors at front of auditorium, also induction loop covering stalls from Row D to the rear of the stalls and the entire balcony.
Removable pit which is normally covered and forms part of the floor at the front of the stalls. Accommodates up to 23 Musicians and can be configured in various ways. Access to pit is via one of the under stage dressing rooms.
Proscenium Arch Stage: Black vinyl covered wood
Rake: No rake
Pros. Opening: 9.75m x 5.5m (w x h)
32ft x 18ft apprx.
Performing Area: 9.75m x 6.4m (w x d)
32ft x 21ft apprx.
Height to Grid: 9.4m
Apron: 1.22m or 1.83m deep, by arrangement with tech dept.
Masking: Black Box
Tabs: Red & Gold house tabs, electrically operated from stage or LX box (fixed speed 10sec.) Black tabs US & CS manual pull from SL.
Cyclorama: Solid white painted wall
Crossovers: Behind cyc stage level and below stage.
Access: Exits to backstage USR & USL. Exit to scene dock USR. Steps into Auditorium
SR & SL.
Up to a 2.44m (8 ft) extension can be added to the stage. This however does make the front row feel small. This extension can be made to be 1.83m (6 ft), 1.22m (4 ft) or 0.61m (2ft).
We also stock 8 x 8ft x 4ft Steel deck and 4 x 8ft x 2ft Steel deck.
14 x Hemp sets (see attached plan for positions) 120Kg SWL per set.
4 x internally wired LX bars, hand winched, 250Kg SWL.
1 x cinema screen (various ratios), electric winch, use by arrangement only.
Control is via ETC ION with fader wing.
Situated in control room at the rear of the stalls, not open to auditorium. Strand LD90 dimmers. Rated at 2.5Kw (20 Hard-wired FOH, 6 in canopy, 9 hard-wired stage dips and 37 overhead stage). Patch for over-stage lighting is located on perch beneath fly-floor.
NB: FOH positions are on side wall perches and at the back of the auditorium. The only central rigging position is a small bar on the front of the balcony and is very low so tends to be ‘flat’.
2 x Followspots are available (Robert Juliat)
In-House lantern stock is as follows, but please check with tech dept first, as some
lanterns may occasionally be unavailable:
• 10 x Strand Harmony F 1Kw
• 10 x Strand Cantata F 1.2Kw
• 7 x CCT Starlett 1Kw
• 18 x Par 64 1Kw (Fitted with CP62. CP61 and CP can be fitted on request although stock is limited)
• 18 x Selecon SPX 15/30 800w (Rigged Permanently FOH, contact technicians if you require these moving)
• 4 x Cantata 11/26 1.2Kw
• 2 x Cantata 26/44 1.2Kw
• 6 x Prelude 16/30 650w
• 4 x CCT Minuet 3 cell flood 500w
• 2 x Source4 Jr 35/50 575w (canopy)
• 6 x Source4 JR 26deg 575w (canopy)
A 63A three phase supply is available in the scene dock. There is a cable access hole in the wall to stage, distro is needed, please contact tech dept to discuss requirements.
Other equipment can be sourced at extra cost, please check with technicians
If you require projection we are equipped with a Sanyo data projector which has inputs at the stage and also the lighting box.
We also have a Digital Cinema Projector, which can be used for conferences and presentations. This also has inputs at the stage and Lighting box. However due to the brightness of this projector we can not allow its use if the performer stands in the beam. If you require this then we recommend the Data projector.
2 x13A sockets either side of stage, clean 13A socket in the scene dock and a 32A supply is also located here, distro would need to be provided and one 13A socket located at rear of stalls. House position is left rear of stalls under the balcony. We can also remove some seats at the rear centre of the stalls also under the balcony. This would need to be arranged with the theatre as soon as you book the venue.
The house sound system comprises of:
Allen & Heath GL3800 24ch (4 Stereo). 8 Groups, 10 Auxes.
Dynacord Stereo Amp & Cabs.
Nexo PS10 x2 (Balcony) and BSS speaker management system.
Alesis Midiverb III, Alesis Dual Channel Compressor, BSS Dual 30 Channel Graphic, Tascam CD01U, Tascam MD 350.
Other equipment can be sourced at extra cost, please check with technician.
3 x SM58, AKG Drum Mic Set. Others can be sourced at extra cost, please ask.
Show relay to all backstage dressing rooms apart from the band room, most have individual volume controls. Calls are a fixed level and override show relay. Stage Managers Desk located DSL. Cue lights to various positions, Comms to LX, Sound, Flys, Followspots, SR & SL.
4 dressing rooms below stage and one behind stage (also used as props room and/or crossover). 3 showers, 3 toilets.
Backstage disabled access available.
Need more information? Contact the Theatre Admin Team on 01458 446529 or to send us an email.