School of the Arts, English and Drama

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Hub 6: Performance and Rehearsal Spaces, Costumes, Sets and Props

The School boasts several state-of-the-art performance, study and rehearsal facilities.

These purpose-built spaces are specifically designed to provide for the needs of our students, and provide a comfortable environment for both practical and theoretical learning. Students can also book these facilities for rehearsing or group work when they are not being used for formal teaching.

Sir Robert Martin Theatre

The Sir Robert Martin Theatre is our fabulous proscenium arch theatre, which has comfortable seating for up to 280 people. Students use the theatre in all three years of their study, and the space is a brilliant setting for departmental productions, theoretical seminars and practical lectures.

The theatre boasts not only an impressive appearance, but is served by a state-of-the-art control room with technical equipment for sound and lighting that students are taught to run. The control room boasts an ECT Congo junior lighting board, with a Yamaha LS 9 sound mixer, mic lines alongside a digital snake. Playback is via CD or mini disc. Backstage are two fully equipped dressing rooms. 

Stanley Evernden Studio

The Stanley Evernden Studio is a modern black-box space with a sprung floor and comfortable seating for up to 45 people.  Although this space is sometimes used for teaching, most commonly it is booked by students as a comfortable place to rehearse their assessed performances. The space is equipped with a control booth that allows students to develop their technical skills in lighting and sound, and also boasts a projector, screen and lighting rigs.

Leonard Dixon Studio

The Leonard Dixon Studio is a well-equipped and flexible black-box theatre, which has retractable seating for up to 86 people. It acts as a first-rate performance and lecture venue for students in every year of their study. The studio includes overhead balconies that provide an unusual performance setting, and an overhead rigging for intricate lighting. The black-box design provides an excellent blank canvas for student performances, giving students the opportunity to advance both their acting skills, and their technical ability in lighting and sound.

Leonard Dixon Technical Booth

A key feature of the Leonard Dixon Studio is its highly advanced technical booth. There our students can advance their knowledge of lighting, sound, and technical theatre, and experiment with innovative ways of staging a performance piece. The control room in Leonard Dixon has an ECT Congo junior lighting board, with a Yamaha LS 9 sound mixer. There are several mic input/output channels, and permanent mic lines from the performance area to the control room. Playback is via CD or mini disc.

Costume Design Wardrobe

The Costume Design wardrobe contains 3 industrial sewing machines, 9 domestic machines, and an embroidery machine and overlocker. We also have a large cutting table and mannequins that our students can use to design and create their own costumes for performances. The wardrobe also contains a vast selection of grand outfits, which can be used for performances.

Set and Design Workshop

Behind the Sir Robert Martin Theatre is our set and prop design workshop. Here, students are encouraged to develop their set design and construction skills. Most work is in wood, but students can also experiment with light metalwork in the space. This workshop contains a table saw, bandsaw, crosscut saw, scrollsaw, pillar drill, morticer, lathe and various hand tools for woodwork.

Sound Studio

The sound studio is used by all undergraduate students - particularly in modules for Technical Theatre and Technical Theatre Advanced. Students also use the studio to create sound effects for their assessed performances on all modules. This recording space contains a LS 9 mixer, and the sound effects are produced on a MAC running Pro Tools 10.