Facilities and resources in Theatre and Performance

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Facilities dedicated to Theatre and Performance students include the newly refurbished George Wood Theatre and six studios, as well as various workshops and teaching spaces for technical practice.

Our diverse range of spaces are mostly situated within the Richard Hoggart Building on Goldsmiths’ main campus. Programmes in Theatre and Performance offer students a hands-on experience, allowing you to be trained in lighting, costume, set design and stage and theatre management. Our facilities give you the chance to explore and learn about all aspects of Theatre and Performance, both on and off stage. 

 

The George Wood Theatre

The George Wood Theatre stage set up for a performance

Newly refurbished, The George Wood Theatre is a large open space which can seat up to 140. The space can be lit by atmospheric daylight – extremely rare in theatre architecture – or artificially by our large lantern stock. The installation of a tension wire grid allows lighting adjustments to be made during performances and its central opening means that objects can be dropped or flown onto the stage from above. Other technical features include a lighting desk, stage management console, sound desk, d&b audio sound system, and a full HD Panasonic fixed projector. Performers have access to two large dressing rooms with showers. The theatre is also equipped with hearing loops and wheelchair access.

Studio spaces

Studio 1

Studio 1 empty
  • Black studio
  • 24 channel lighting rig
  • Lighting desk
  • Fixed sound system
  • Stereo amplifier to 2 QSC active speakers
  • Mobile LCD TV screen 
  • Wheelchair access
  • Seating Capacity: 40

Studio 2

Studio 2 empty
  • White studio, white floor
  • Passive Logic System speakers, amplifier and mixer
  • Mobile LCD TV screen
  • Gallery for lighting
  • Lively acoustics
  • Seating capacity: 40

Studio 3

Studio 3 empty
  • White walls, black floor
  • 24-channel lighting rig
  • Stereo mixer to 2 QSC powered speakers / Allen & Heath QU16 with QSC 4.1 surround with sub
  • Fixed sound system
  • Mobile LCD TV screen
  • Wheelchair access
  • Seating Capacity: 54

Studio 4

Studio 4 empty
  • Black walls, black floor
  • 24-channel lighting rig
  • Mobile mixing desk
  • Wheelchair access
  • Fixed projector full HD Panasonic
  • Seating capacity: 20

Studio 5

Studio 5 empty
  • White walls, sprung dance floor
  • Projector
  • Stereo speakers
  • Wheelchair access
  • Seating capacity: 40 (no chairs)

Richard Hoggart Building (RHB) Room 154

Holding image
  • Sprung Dance Floor
  • Stereo mixer to 2 active Rocket speakers
  • Projector
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Seating Capacity: 40

 

Technical spaces and support

Theatre and performance students will also have exclusive access to our technical spaces including:

  • Open access media lab with a bespoke sound recording booth and video and sound editing facilities
  • Scenography workshops equipped with an extensive range of hand and power tools for set design and fabrication including a Festool mitre saw, Festool circular plunge saw, scroll saw, air compressor, pillar drill, jig saws, combi drills, cutting mats, scale rulers, glue guns, staple guns, and painting supplies
  • Costume workshop, equipped with industrial and domestic sewing machines and steam irons, fabric cutting table, and dressmaking stands
  • Extensive furniture, prop and costume stores covering a range of materials, objects, and styles from the late 19th, 20th and 21st century

Theatre and performance students are also supported by five technicians who are specialists in:

  • Stage and Theatre management
  • Lighting design and technology
  • Scenographic realisation
  • Wardrobe management
  • Digital technologies