The Elbrow Suite has a
fully functional stage which has undergone a number of refurbishment projects
over the past 10 years and continues to have maintenance and work completed.
This page provides an overview of the space available, as well as some of the
technical specifications of the stage - including additional equipment not
normally provided (at additional charge). Note that booking of the Elbrow
Suite does not include or guarantee full access to the stage (only to the first
set of curtains - approx 2m).
Update: We now have
36 channels of lighting dimmers.
Note: The roof is pitched, and so is about 6ft
higher in the centre. The 20ft depth, has 4ft front of tabs and 16ft (4.9m) to
the tab line behind (tabs are curtains). The stage floor is 3ft (0.91m)
above hall floor level.
There are large doors stage left (2.5m x 2m)
leading to a scenery and props store - this also has water facilities for
painting. There is access through the scene dock across behind the stage to the
Whittucks room (used as dressing rooms). There are two exits stage right - down
stage and up-stage - both lead back to the Whittucks room. Changing Rooms:
As well as the Whittucks room, the Abbot Room can also be used, and can be
divided into two areas with their own doors.
Curtains: The stage has three curtain
tracks. One at the rear of the stage against the wall (Cyclorama), one approx
2m down (normally with black tabs) and one approx 3.7m down (normally with grey
Legs and Borders: The stage has three sets (6) of black
legs and two solid borders, as well as a cloth frieze down stage. For most
occasions these are pre-set.
Lines: The stage (currently) has ten
sets of hemp lines, of which the rear five lines have a permanent 7.6m (25ft)
barrel attached (which must not be removed). [In future all lines will have a
permanent barrel]. These lines are rated at a SWL of 100Kg. There are also two
permanent (and two movable) lighting bars rated at a SWL of 250Kg when hanging
from their own chains (not from the hemp lines).
drama group (Hanham Players) resident at the centre manage the scenery retained
here. This comprises a range of scenery flats, backdrops and a huge range of
rostra. You would need to agree with the drama group any usage of such items.
Power/Dimming: The stage has a
3-phase 60A supply - this is divided into 6 single phase 63A outlets, one 3-ph
63A outlet and a number of permanent 13 and 15A outlets. There is allocated
space for 48 channels of dimming, of which 36 channels are provided - this is
DMX addressable and set to DMX channels 1-36 via dual (for redundancy)
demultiplexers. A DMX splitter provided DMX supplies to Stage left and right,
as well as to two outlets on the front of house bars. There is also a DMX
socket at the rear of the hall for connection of a lighting desk. The wall
lights have a seperate dimmer, which is normally allocated to DMX channel
Bars and Circuits: For full details of the stage lighting
bars and circuits refer to the
plan. Basically there are 3 permanent internally wired bars on stage (30
circuits) plus an additional 20 outlets around the stage; and 4 bars front of
house (42 circuits) - giving a total of 92 circuits. The LX bars on stage
have a SWL of 250kg, the bars front of house are (currently) derated to
Equipment: Our permanent lighting equipment has been here
for many years and comprises of:
10 - Patt 123 Fresnel Spot [500w]
10 - Patt 23 Fresnel Spot [500w]
4 - Compartment battens (3 circuit) [500w]
Additionally, we normally have access to 4 Parcans, 2
Patt 743s, 2 Patt 813s, 2 Prelude 16/30, 4 - Prelude 40s, 2 - Prelude F, 5 -
Patt 123, 6 - Patt 23. However with DMX and permanent power available, moving
lighting can easily be accommodated.
The venue has a very basic PA system. In
addition we also have two Celestion speakers (500w) and power Amp (1Kw) and a 8
channel mixing desk. We can also supply (subject to availability and hire
charge) CD/Minidisk, 32 channel mixing desk, additional speakers and effects
rack. For plays and most gigs a 500w - 1Kw PA is adequate - for larger concerts
a 1Kw - 2Kw system may be needed (though not at full power). Note: With larger
PA systems we will not be able to open windows (due to noise levels affecting
Average Sound levels (over 2hr period) should not
exceed 85dBA; peak should not exceed 137dBA at any time.
The Elbrow Suite (auditorum) can seat
approx 200 comfortably. We would recommend 12 seats in rows A and B, with 14
seats in rows C to N. There should be a wide gangway adjacent to the front and
side fire exits (between rows B and C, and I and J) - with NO central walkway.
If a central walkway is required, seats should be limited to 12 per row. It is
possible to also get a row O (14 seats) with acceptable leg room. Note; if any
stage extensions or musicians are using the floor; or there is a technical
contol point or follow spots at the rear, then rows will need to be reduced or
removed to accommodate this. Sound systems need to accommodate this space,
which is (approx) 20m (l) x 10m (w) x 5m (h).
Meeting Your Needs
We would recommend that anyone
planning to make full use of the stage should discuss their requirement with
our technical manager - and agrees what is required and what we can supply.
Where stage lighting is hired, an additonal charge will be made to cover
electricity, lamp usage, gel (colour filters) and time to re-rig the stage.
Where additional equipment is needed, we would recommend this is sought from
Lighting Ltd of Brislington, Bristol.