DALBEATTIE BIRCHVALE THEATRE

Sept 2018 Mick Andrew

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General Information

Address: Southwick Road, Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire DG5 4HP.

http://www.birchvaletheatre.co.uk

  • Venue is original school Chemistry/Art lab pre-fab building at end of closed primary school on Southwick Rd, off A710 east of town centre (signposted). Car parking at venue. Venue staffed by volunteer amateur dramatic group.
  • Built approx 1960 and has been theatre since 1980.
  • Capacity 78 seats, cinema style, padded, tip-up seating on fixed rake.
  • Mobile reception good all networks
  • Dalbeattie has general stores, Post Office, cafes, hotels, garage and free-use cashpoint at Co-op. Nearest bank at Castle Douglas (5 miles).

Venue Details

  • Stage: 4.95M (16’3″) wide x 4.66M (16′) deep. Height of pros arch 2.2M (7’2″), height of stage 0.28M (11″). Wings 1.22M (4′) both sides. Crossover behind back wall. Access step off front of stage. Venue has A-shaped roof along full length.
  • Décor: black-box stage with red FOH tabs.
  • Get-in: Down ramped access from van loading area to emergency exit door by stage. 1 set double doors, flat, straight into space. 1.22M (4′) wide x 1.88M (6’2″). Approx 15M from van loading area to stage.
  • Acoustics good.
  • Blackout perfect.
  • Heating by gas powered radiators.
  • Digital piano available. Smoke detectors in theatre, possible to isolate.
  • Stepladders available.

Technical

  • Power: 100amp single-phase incomer located in FOH foyer.
  • Small stage lighting rig – Starville LC48 desk, 3 patchable Strand Act 6 dimmers & 2 Soundlab dimmers (24 channels). DMX tie-line tech box to USR corner. Mix of 500w/300w profile spots, fresnels, floods and par cans – all on 5amp plugs (FOH) or IEC Euro-connectors (stage). 3 stage LX bars, FOH spots position and side perches – all lights rigged from Dexion struts. Controlled from tech box.
  • Small PA system – Soundcraft EFX12 mixer, Crown XLi800 amp, DAS & LD speakers. Some mics, radio mics, CD & mini-disc player.
  • Projection facilities available.
  • Houselights are dimmable pendants on rotary dimmer, controlled from tech box.

Backstage

  • Dressing room behind stage.
  • Kitchen and coffee bar area (Green Room) in venue.
  • Separate backstage toilet.

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