Mrs. Catherine Oaten wants a community theatre in Beaconsfield.
Mr. Peter Sharman wants a community theatre in Beaconsfield.
Mr. George Ross wants a community theatre in Beaconsfield.
Ms. Helena Lund wants a community theatre in Beaconsfield.
Mrs. Felicity Norrie wants a community theatre in Beaconsfield.
Ms. Moira Whittley wants a community theatre in Beaconsfield.
Mrs. Evelyn Gutteridge wants a community theatre in Beaconsfield.
Mrs. Kate Dicker wants a community theatre in Beaconsfield.
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The TheatreThe suggested auditorium size would be approximately 300 seats, with a raked auditorium and a flexible orchestra pit allowing up to 20 musicians. A layout similar to Henley’s Kenton Theatre could be considered. This has raked stalls with a raked circle above.
The split would ideally be 200 seats in the stalls and 100 seats above. This would mean that for smaller productions, only the stalls need be sold with the circle closed – keeping the venue intimate.
A possible option would be to have retractable seating on the lower level. If this is considered, lessons should be learnt from the raked seating at The Beacon Centre. It should be easy to extend and retract. It should also not require the additions of sides being manually added to the seating to make it safe. Also any solution should be silent once extended and being used. This is not the case with the seating in the Beacon Centre.
The stage itself would have sizeable wings with a flexible stage area, probably with an 18ft high proscenium arch and a stage width in the region of 30ft. Every effort should be made to include a fly tower in the design of the building.
Behind the stage, a scenery store, dock and workshop area should be considered. In the same block would be properties, furniture and costumes storage, shared by the resident groups.
Access to the wings would be from both sides, allowing actors to access the acting area without having to cross the stage on stage. Sizeable wings should be allowed within the design, ideally with the combined space in the wings mirroring the floor area of the stage
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