The Terry O’Toole Theatre is a modern ‘black box’ studio theatre space with floor level performance area and raked seating  capacity of 190 seats

Theatre Technician :  Thomas Gall    e-mail:

Accessibility:  The theatre is fully accessible to disabled patrons/performers and is fitted with an infrared Hearing Induction Loop. Disabled parking spaces are provided adjacent to the public entrance of ONE NK Centre and there is ample parking and level access to the rear of the greenroom.

Performance Space: Ground level performance area; approx. 8.5m wide x 7.5m deep x 4.5m height to grid.

NOTE:  during school term time, the theatre auditorium is in daily use as a teaching facility and the performance space must be left clear 8.30am thro’ 3.30pm.  Amateur companies are requested to bear this requirement in mind when designing sets, since there is only very minimal storage space to the rear of the stage.

Curtains / Cloths: Blue house tabs [switched from control room]. Rear black traverse tabs with central opening and 3 black leg/wing tabs to SR and SL with U.S. white cyc/backdrop.

Dressing Rooms: Small communal green room  to rear of stage with fridge, microwave, kettle and television. Male/Female changing rooms [Shared with Sports Centre patrons] with audio show relay; toilets & shower to rear of sports changing room and disabled toilet/shower & changing facility off backstage corridor. Avaialable from 1 hr before the pre- performance.

Communication: Comms. System – points in control room, backstage, green room, administration office; show relay and tannoy to Green Room/dressing rooms

Stage Door Access: Standard double doors to rear of Green Room  W 1.65m x H 2m [W 5’6” x H 6’ 8”]; alternatively, scenery may be loaded in through the S.R. fire doors W 1.65m x H 2.25m  [W 5’6” x H 7’ 6”].

NOTE:  the fire doors and should not be propped open except during get-in/get-out.  As a matter of fire safety & security, these doors must be secured at all other times.

Consumables: Visiting companies are required to supply their own LX and Gaffa tape, cable clips, batteries, LX gels, Pyro Flash FX, Fog & Haze Fluids etc. Companies are required to provide their own gaffa and LX tape, batteries for microphones and consumables e.g. haze fluid.  The theatre has a basic stock of lighting gels, but cannot guarantee having all gel colours in stock; if gel has to be purchased to meet a specific production requirement this will be re-charged.  Please contact the Technician for further details.

Publicity Material / Displays: Please forward all publicity materials to the theatre office. Companies are requested to include the theatre logo, which is available as a jpeg file, and the Box Office telephone number on all posters/flyers etc. 


  • Zero 88 Bullfrog desk
  •  Luminaires as shown on lighting plan, plus 8 PAR64 floor cans
  • Control room switching for independents
  • 13amp circuits

NOTE:    Please note that the 12 Pacific Profiles in the outer rig [over the seating] must not be moved from their allocated position or re-focused.  Wherever possible we request that you use all other luminaires in the positions shown on the LX schedule as far as possible, since the theatre is staffed by 1 technician only and the performance programme is often hectic.


  • 400mm Mirror ball
  • DMX Hazer
  • Strobe
  • UV Light x 2
  • Star Cloth – advance notice required for rigging
  • Gobos – a selection is available for use by arrangement with the theatre technician; gobos must be de-rigged immediately after the show and returned to the technician.


  • Spirit LX7 24 channel desk
  • T.C. Electronic M.ONE FX unit
  • 6 Sennheiser lapel radio mic. systems
  • Sennheiser hand-held radio mic. systems
  • Other wired microphones available on request
  • CD Player
  • Minidisc Player
  • Cassette Player
  • Amps /speakers addressing all seating
  • Facilities for 2 ch & speakers for monitor / fx speakers

NOTE:  Hirers must provide their own 9v batteries if using the radio mics; we recommend 1 battery per unit/per performance.


  • Projection facilities include Video and DVD playback
  • Projection screen or projection onto white cyc.cloth
  • Computer data projection – please discuss with our Technician

Equipment Hire: If you require additional sound/lighting equipment we can arrange to hire-in; please contact the theatre technician to discuss.

Technical Staff / Stage Crew: Technical staffing is not included in the theatre hire price, but is chargeable by the hour according to the needs of the hire. (Minimum engagement 4 hrs) Please contact the theatre office for current charges.

Pre-Rig: pre-rigs are not included in the basic theatre hire charge; all technical support time is chargeable [See above]