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Great St. Mary's Church

Large church in the middle of town. Mainly used for Opera, think its been used by a few societes.

Rehearsals:

Is the venue available for rehearsals?
Yes but must fit in around choir things and normal visiting hours
Who should be contacted to book it?
Does it have a piano for pantos/musicals?

Technical information:

Size of stage?
No stage but it is possible to errect your own
Format of stage/audience? (e.g. pros. arch, in the round, flexible performance space)
Church with balconies
How many audience?
Lots, couple of hundred
What are the backstage facilities (e.g. dressing rooms, get-round from one side of stage to the other)?
One room with get around
What entrances/exits onto/off stage are possible?
Depends how you set up the stage
What is the size of the load-in doors?
Quite large double doors at ground floor level
Are there any set-building/set painting facilities?
Not really

Lighting:

How many lanterns? What types?
One or two lanters on stands plus loads of permanant lights to light the church
What lighting desk?
None, 2 panels of switches to control lights
What rigging positions?
No fixed positions. Easy to set up stands on the balconies.
How many dimmers? What power/control technology would be required to add more?
No dimmers. Quite a few 13A sockets around church, no high power outlets
Does the venue have any particular lighting quirks or commonly-used standard rigs?
Fairly easy to set up lights but be prepared for spiral staircases and lots of carrying

Sound:

Basic sound system for church services, not sure on details. Would recomend bringing own sound system if you want serious sound.

Last edited Thu 19th Feb 2009 by Edward Louth

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