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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





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  • Orla McCarthy in The Canal Studio at Backstage
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