Arts H (which is used as a lecture theatre during the day) is where the majority of PA shows are held. It is equipped with five IWBs (two of which are side bars) and 2 floor boxes, with 54 channels of lighting control, run from an ETC Element lighting console, of which there is an offline simulator available. There is also a selection of CAD models of The Annex available in the StageSoc gallery.
There are a range of fixtures available, including:
There are some basic gobos and many Lee and (some) Rosco gels available.
A relay system operates to feed sound from the main auditorium to the adjoining lecture theatre for cast listening. There is also the facility for a video relay of the stage, which is able to be projected in L/T J.
A Canford Techpro comms system also operates with cans sockets located in either stage wing and dedicated comms lines in the lighting and sound looms. The system is controlled via a distribution amplifier at the rear of the auditorium.
Arts H capacity pre-refurb was 144 (8 rows of 4+10+4). The capacity of H after the refurb is now 143 for shows plus 6 opping seats, with 3 taken out by the LX opping table. (7 rows of 4+10+4, and one of 4+5+4 for audience; then rows of 4, 3 and 6 for opping & equipment).
Home to at least one production by a PA society a year, the Nuffield Theatre is always home to StageSoc's most technically difficult production.
The Nuffield Theatre is a professional producing theatre, based at the Highfield Campus. As well as the theatres own shows, it also hosts touring productions, and Comedians (such as Rich Hall, Lucy Porter and Ed Byrne). Find out What's On.
The Nuffield Theatre uses an ETC Expression 3 lighting desk to control its 228 Strand LD90 dimmers (216x2.5Kw & 12x5Kw). 72 of these are patchable, whilst the remainder are hard-wired to sockets. There are also 36 non-dim circuits, controlled by a panel in the LX box. The theatre has a large stock of lanterns including: SILs, Source 4 Profiles, Patt. 743s, Tulla Litos, Patt. 243s, Coemar 2Ks, Codas and Irises. The normal LX operating position is in a control box positioned above the back of the auditorium. There are also control points in the centre of the auditorium (for production desk), and in Prompt Corner.
The front-of-house PA is a TOA system consisting of 4 hi&mid bi-amped speakers and 2 subs, controlled by TOA system controllers / crossovers. There are also various other speakers and amps available, including Bose 802's with controller, and JBL Control 1's. A selection of sound desks are available, depending upon the requirements of the performance. These range from a Soundcraft Spirit Live4 12:4:2 to an Allen & Heath ML5000. There is also a Yamaha O2R (version 1) digital desk, this desk comes standard with the Nuffield hire. The O2R, and to a lesser extent, the ML5000 can be controlled from a computer, allowing some automation of operation and backup of sound setting. There are several CD players and MiniDisc players and outboard signal processing (such as reverb units and equalizers. There is a small selection of microphones as heavy miking is not usually required in this space. There are, however, ten Sennheiser EW300 G1 radio microphones, and two handheld radio microphones. There are numerous 'Facilities Panels' around the building, which have audio tie lines, speaker lines, video lines and cans circuits, which run to a patch panel in the Sound box. This makes plugging up equipment anywhere around the venue relatively easy.
The stage has two variable height forestages, which can be either orchestra pit, auditorium seating or stage. The LX and tab bars are single purchase counter-weighted and there are 20 hemp sets. There is a counter-weighted trap door. The prompt desk has the master cans station, controls for cue lights, and a stage video monitor. Calls to backstage and FOH can be made from here.
The theatre also has a Studio space, which along with a variety of touring shows, hosts regular children's theatre performances on Saturday mornings. The space also doubles as the theatre's bar and café
Garden Court is owned by the University and operated by Catering, Conferences & Hospitality, and not SUSU – even through their building connects with it (as a result the SUSU facilities manager does not have keys to it). SUSU hires this space for gigs and live music. The West Ref has been used for the PA show and the Winter Revue in previous years.
It is a long rectangular room with a partition wall down the house-left side. At the stage end (far end from main entrance) there is a small partition wall in the middle of the wall – this allows a wide doorway onto the back of the stage. Along both sides of the room are curtain tracks which hold grey curtains. These can cover the entire length of the room to change the look of the room – the curtains come in 8’ sections held together with Velcro.
Around the stage end there is triangular truss mounted onto the ceiling, creating a rectangle around the edges of the stage. There is also one two-thirds of the way along the room (from the stage end) to hang face-light on. There is a cable trough mounted on the house-left wall (above the partition wall) into which socapex can be run.
In the upstage-left corner there is a switch cupboard. This contains the following power:
In the other three corners there are hatches with the following behind:
The dimensions of the room can be found here (Garden Court B).
This is a multi-purpose venue within SUSU. It has two formats, a cinema with tiered seating and a projection screen, and as an empty room (mainly for a nightclub). At the back of the room is a balcony – level with the top tier of seating.
The room has a motorised class 2 truss suspended from the ceiling by 8 motors. This has a selection of intelligent lights installed (Mac 250s, RoboScan 918 Pros, RoboColor 400s, Wizards & Atomics). The truss is powered by a 63A 3-phase supply, which terminates in 20A powerconn sockets around the truss. The truss also has 8 Ethernet runs onto it, 8 (min 2 working) BNC runs, 4 DMX universes and one SoundWeb input.
The power available in the room is 2 32A single phase MK commando sockets at ‘stage right’ (when the cinema is in place), and 2 32A commando sockets on the balcony by the box end. There are two SoundWeb inputs on the cube floor, one in the centre under the projection screen and an input by the fire door opposite the main entrance (paralleled with a set the other side of the fire door).
The lighting booth is on the balcony (accessed via level 3), and has control over all installed lighting and sound systems. This is where the DMX runs to and is where the SoundWeb PC is located. Lighting is controlled by a touchscreen computer running Chamsys MacigQ software with a Maxi Wing and a Playback Wing. It is to be noted that next to the lighting booth is the UnionFilms projection booth, this is not to be entered under any circumstances. Also in the LX booth is the control PC for video (a.k.a. The Resolume PC), this drives projectors installed in the rig. Also in the box is a patch bay for installed BNC.
There are two store rooms for stuff in the cube. The first is a cupboard by the main entrance (between the two sets of doors), called the cube store. This houses cables, DJ equipment and hardware usually used in the cube. Through the fire doors at the other end is the woodstore. This is where truss and scaff are kept.
The Turner Sims is a concert hall in Campus where the Jazzmanix concerts are held and for the past few years, PureDance. It is designed for acoustic concerts and has little installed for technical shows.
The venue has 4 installed lighting bars – two bars stage left and right on the sides of the stage (against the wall) and level with the front, these have 6 dimmed channels on each. There are also two bars with 4 channels each against the back wall (one on each side). All the bars are approximately 4m above the stage. In the roof structure above the audience there are 4 face-lights which cannot be accessed. The house LX stock is mainly PAR64 lights with a few other generic fixtures. The in-house desk is an LSC Atom 12, the house lights are run on non-DMXed dimmers controlled by a Helvar control panel in the lighting booth behind the auditorium. The installed dimmers are DMXed and are controlled by a DMX point in the lighting booth or a point on the House Right disabled area. The DMX install is the wrong gender so a 5-pin male-male bender is required (Turner Sims owns one, it's grey and lives connected to the house desk). The dimmers are susceptible to crashing and can only be reset by E&F as they are in a locked plant room. There is a working light over the centre of the stage controlled by a switch behind the stage door.
The venue has rather limited power available. In the centre of the back wall (next to the organ) there is a distribution panel. It can provide a 32A feed or a 63A three-phase feed. The master breaker (grey MEM breaker) for both supplies is not designed to be switched under load. 13A sockets are available on the auditorium back wall, with 6 by the sound position and a single 13A to the house right side of each of the audience entrance doors. There are also 13A sockets under wooden floor panels in the stage floor; a 2-gang 13A socket is located with the main power outlets, and one 2-gang socket is located in the middle of the walls stage right and stage left (behind the row of seats).
The sound install is minimal and requires a PA to be brought in for the events that we run. There are two loudspeakers mounted on the walls wither side of the stage, level with the front, at 10’ from the stage level. These loudspeakers only reproduce the very high end and have no bass at all; they terminate on jacks or bare ends on the floor underneath them. There are no installed amplifiers. If the D&B rig is used there is a set of ‘C4 Props’ in the annex for propping the C4 tops to get better coverage of the raked seating. There is no useful installed XLR. The sound position is typically the middle of the back row of seats, a piece of deck is kept in the lighting booth for this (there are even specially cut legs for the different levels of seating).
On stage there are 2 grand pianos and one harpsichord. As a general rule do not move these without asking. They are very expensive and Turner Sims would rather you don’t. To get equipment onto the stage there is a goods lift around the side of the building with SWL 1 tonne. The bottom is level with the stage. The only double-door access to the instrument store for the Turner Sims and Musical Societies is through this lift. An important thing to note is that the fire escape route for part of the audience is across the stage and out of the backstage fire door – and this cannot be blocked.
The map below shows the venues we use most frequently: The Annex (Bld.2a), The Nuffield (Bld.6), The Turner Sims (Bld.52), The Cube & The Bridge Bar (Bld.42) and The West Refectory (Bld.40).
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