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The state of the art auditorium accommodates 214 persons (including disabled access for 6). Its lavishly appointed interior features plush pullman seating, deep carpets, warm wall colours, heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems which ensure the utmost in audience comfort.

Stage Dimensions

  • Proscenium width, column to column 12.50m
  • Overall stage width 15.55m
  • Depth from back wall to stage edge 7.63m
  • Height from stage to lighting bars 5.17m

Stage Fittings

  • Full House Curtains – Red on manual track
  • Masking – Black with dim out backing. Four sets of legs and borders
  • Cyclorama – Full fill black plus full fill white


Prop store and workroom 4.8m x 10.976


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The Canal Studio at Backstage Theatre is ideal for conferences, shows, seminars, courses, workshops & meetings. It accommodates up to 150 people.

Dimensions – The Canal Studio is a flexible black box space measuring 14.5 x 7.9

Audience capacity – 100 loose chairs and / or standing capacity to a max of 150 subject to performance space requirement.

Floor – Black sprung wooden floor. Fixing to floor is not permitted

Staging – Performances can be staged on the floor either end or in the round.

There are 3 sections of portable Prostage RK 200/100 giving a max stage area of 3 x 2 metre


The studio is painted white with one mirrored wall. A continuous black drape and track system surrounds the room to create a black box space

Dressing Rooms – 1 room without facilities is available adjacent to The Canal Studio. Two dressing rooms are available on the next level down

Drapes and masking– There is no masking in the studio but masking from the main auditorium can be used subject to availability

Height access – 10ft wooden A- frame ladder

Conference equipment – Wifi internet access, audio visual equipment, projector and projector screen, high tech lighting, podium, microphones, dvd player, flip boards

Additional equipment – Lighting, sound, stage weights, cables etc may be obtained from the main auditorium strictly subject to availability


Control Desk – Zero 88 Jester 12/24

Dimming – 6 x ETC Smart Modules . 24 circuits in total

12 x Selcon 650 Fresnels
6 x Source 4 Jnr zoom 25/50
6 x 1000 w Parcans
4 x Strand Coda 500 floods

Fixed grid height – 3.8 m. The grid spans the entire room


Desk – Yamaha EMX 5016 powered mixer

Speakers – 2 x Yamaha SM10 v 250 w
2 x Behringer Eurolive B212XL 200 w
2 x The Box T18 500 w subs

Playback –1 x Sony MD player (no auto pause!)

Miscellaneous sound :- 4 x passive DI’s
4 x Boom mic stands

Mics – 3x T-bone dynamic mics
2 x Shure Sm 58


  • Orla McCarthy in The Canal Studio at Backstage
  • Wedding at Backstage
  • Orla McCarthy in The Canal Studio at Backstage
  • Trinity Dance Company at Backstage
  • Canal Studio at Backstage
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  • Studio at Backstage
  • Trinity Dance Company at Backstage
  • Wedding at Backstage
  • Canal Studio wedding at backstage
  • Canal Studio wedding at backstage

Meeting Room

Our meeting room is an ideal space for interviews, training sessions and discussions. Equipped with tables, chairs, Wifi, power supply, projector and projector screen it is a flexible space no matter the occasion.

Our team are dedicated to providing a flexible and professional environment and tailoring the meeting setup to your needs.

Please feel free to contact a member of our team to inquire about our facilities.

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  • Meeting room

Atrium Bar

Backstage just got better…

Why not come along early for a show and enjoy a drink from our new Atrium Bar serving
wine, kir, cider and beer including Longford’s own St Mel’s Brewing Company

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Atrium Gallery

Our Atrium Gallery is the ideal space to display your works of art in a forum that will be seen by the theatre’s diverse audience. Artists with an interest in showcasing  their work should contact our general manager Mona Considine for more details.

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  • Phil Atkinson - Atrium Gallery
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