Thameside Theatre

Our stage and equipment

The technical information on this page is for anyone interested in hiring the Thameside Theatre for productions.

Stage

Our stage is a flat sprung floor - Black Treated Plywood.

The main acting area when front of house tabs (FOH) closed - from back of FOH tabs to Cylorama wall - is 9.1m wide by 6.7m deep. Fixed legs normally intrude about 0.5m either side into this space.

The proscenium arch opening is 9.1m wide, height 3.85m, or 2.85m when border is in use. The working height on stage, from floor to lowest lighting barrel, is 3.7m. The sensible height for flattage is 3.1m, or 3.2m maximum.

The curved apron stage extends 2.2m in front of Front of House tabs at the centre point, and reduces to 1m at the sides.

Offstage area widths are:

  • stage left 2m
  • stage right 1.5m
  • leg cover 1m

S/M desk is stage right. Tannoy, talkback and stage video monitor.

The stage is 0.5m above floor of auditorium. Access to the auditorium from the stage is via a 3 tread stair, centre stage.

There is no orchestra pit but about 7 musicians can be accommodated by removing 14 seats from auditorium. If this is needed it must be arranged in advance - there is a charge for this service. Seat numbers C1-8 and D1-8 would be removed.

An orchestra of about 15 can be accommodated in Thameside Two via video link. This facility must also be arranged in advance. You must make sure that any changes to the auditorium are agreed with your ticket sellers.

Seating and stage layout

A diagram of the seating and stage layout for the Thameside Theatre can be downloaded below.

Stage lift

A technical drawing of the stage lift can be downloaded below:

Access to the stage from ground floor is via the stage lift with a door on Titan Road. The lift loads through one door at ground level then empties at 2nd floor dressing rooms and 3rd floor stage through doors on the opposite side of the car.

The stage lift has a bigger door at the ground level than at stage level, so just because you can get it in doesn't mean you will be able to get it out.

Our stage lift:

  • is 2.36m wide (7ft 9 inches)
  • is 2.79m deep from front door floor to exit door (9ft 2 inches)
  • is 1.78m high (6ft 6 inches)
  • has a diagonal line across the lift of 3.2m (10ft 6 inches)
  • has a lintel clearance at stage level of 1.8m (6ft 2 inches)

You must make sure your scenery will fit in the lift. Theatre staff must not carry items via a staircase for health and safety reasons.

If you have any pieces that need to come up the stairs, please make sure you have enough staff to carry them safely.

Lighting

Our lighting equipment comprises:

  • AVOLITE SAPPHIRE 2000 Lighting control situated in technical suite above auditorium, and a ZERO 88 SOLUTION XL
  • a good range of profile, flood and beam lanterns
  • Cyclorama lighting with three colour wash options
  • 10 CHAUVET INTIMIDATOR lanterns for colour and movement effects
  • 4 wash and 6 profile - also 2 MAC 250s
  • 2 follow spots operated from technical suite
  • cinema-quality digital video projection in most formats by prior arrangement

Sound equipment

Our sound equipment comprises:

  • CD
  • cassette, available by prior arrangement
  • minidisk
  • JBL speakers
  • Allen & Heath auditorium mixer
  • Sony radio mics
  • wireless talkback system

Foldback using mixture of powered and unpowered JBL speakers. The sound desk is situated in the auditorium.

Amenities

There are 4 dressing room. All dressing rooms have stage video monitors and mirrors. Dressing rooms 1 and 3 have daylight, washbasins and running water. There are separate male and female toilets and showers. Dressing room numbers and sizes are:

  • dressing room 1 - about 6m by 4.3m
  • dressing room 3 - about 5m by 4.3m
  • dressing room 5 - about 5m by 3.5m
  • dressing room 6 - about 5m by 3m

Before and after

All technical details should be discussed with Thameside Theatre technicians before your arrival on site. Our technicians are highly experienced and able to advise on what can and what cannot be achieved in the time you have.

You may be asked by the technical or front of house staff to repair, remove or reset anything changed during your hire period.