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The state of the art auditorium accommodates 212 persons (including disabled access for 6). It’s lavishly appointed interior features comfortable fixed raked seating, a proscenium stage and includes access to dressing and green room spaces.

It is fully equipped with stage lighting, PA, Wifi, Audio Visual Equipment and offers the support of our technical team who are on hand to help in any way they can. The space is suitable for conferences, seminars and theatre performances.

Download CAD Drawings…
Section Taken from Centre Line

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


Mixer: Studiomaster 32:4:2 Digital or Dynacord CMS 1600 16/4/2
Patch panel: 16 channel – Located Down Stage Right with stage run out
Sound: 3 x Crown XLI 3500w
2 x JLB 600w Bass Bins
2 x JBL 500w Tops
6 x JBL 350 w passive monitors
MICS: 3 Audio technic condenser mics
5 x SM 58
1 x SM57
1 x T-bone (Sm 58 copy)
2 x Sennheiser hand held radio mics
An assortment of cheap and cheerful  Shure mics!
5 x Boom mic stand and 3 heavy based straight stands


Master station located in control room with links to SL and SR with four additional belt packs available. Show relay to dressing room corridor only.


  • 2 x Sony single mini disc players. One with auto pause


Over Stage Lighting Grid

This consists of ten bars in all including five electric drill operated winch bars and five fixed bars. The electric drill operated bars include four 15 amp internally wired bars which can be rehung on desired bars. The maximum distributed loading on any one bar is 250kg SWL. The maximum height on the lowest bar is 5.17m.

For a full CAD drawing of the stage area see the downloads above.

Front of House Gantry

Steel Gantry with fourteen 15amp circuits. – Access ladders from stage left & right and from both floor levels crossing the auditorium..

Control System

ETC Element 250 with Touch Screen
Android tablet as wireless riggers remote


72 x L.D. 90 10m digital dimmer
12 x Chilli Pro with Hot Power By -Pass

Lantern List

  • Cantata F                    1200w  x  12
  • Cantata PC                  1200w  x  4
  • Selcon Rama F            1200w x 13
  • ETC Source 4 Profile 25/50 x 8
  • ETC Source 4 Profile 15/30 x 6
    ETC Source 4 Jnr Zoom 25/50 x6
  • Parcan Par 64 1000w x 18
  • 8 x RGB LED
  • IRIS Floods                 1250W   x  12

    Other equipment subject to availability

    6 x Boom bases and 3 m pipes
    12 x boom arms and stage weights
    12 x Light weight telescopic Doughty scenery braces
    3 – 2x1m porta-stage/drum riser sections
    Epsom 1975 5000 lumen projector and the option of 16:9 234 cm or full white cyc for projection. This is available on request with prior notice
    4 – 10x 8 m sections of Black Marley Dance Flooring available on request. This is subject to additional charges

General Facilities

Stage Left / Lower Level

Capacity: 214

Dressing Room: 

  • Two purpose designed dressing rooms complete with electric
    showers, mirrors, lights, wash-hand basins etc.
  • Separate toilets with wash hand basins
  • Iron & Ironing board

Wash Rooms: Male & Female

Green Room:

Stage Right / Lower Level

Wash Rooms: Both ladies and gentlemens toilets with wash hand basin

Laundry Room: Washing machine

Ironing boards and irons

Plant & Tool Room: Limited access area

Get-In-Area: Large area with flat/direct access to stage via 2 automatic shutter doors



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  • Auditorium
  • Auditorium


The Studio is a flexible space, suitable for small performances, training courses, workshops & meetings. Fully equipped with Wifi internet access, audio visual equipment, projector and projector screen, high tech lighting, podium, microphones, DVD player, flip boards

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
  • Studio Stage at Backstage
  • 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 and small meetings. 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.

  • Meeting room
  • 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

  • Backstage Theatre

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.

  • Backstage Theatre
  • Phil Atkinson - Atrium Gallery
  • Atrium Gallery exhibition
  • expressions art
  • expressions art
  • Gallery
  • Atrium Gallery
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