Technical Specification & Facilities

The Whitty Theatre is a flexible 174-seat theatre with state-of-the-art equipment. The venue has excellent facilities for a variety of events including plays, dance, music, film, lectures and conferences.

Seating Layout

There is a maximum of 117 seats in the stalls and 61 in the circle. The bench seating in the centre can be removed and repositioned around the sides, with staging blocks filling the space for a thrust extension of the stage to create a more intimate acting space.

A maximum of six wheelchair spaces can also be created.

The seating plan can be viewed at the bottom of the page.


There are 120 channels of dimming, on two motorised bars front of house, a fixed grid above the stage, and at various points around the auditorium. All circuits and fixtures are to 16A. Any of these circuits can be switched to hard-power. There are DMX points and Category-6 lighting data points throughout the venue.

  • 10 x CE SmartPack 12-channel dimmer racks (2.3kW each, installed)
  • ETC Ion console with fader wing
  • 8 x ETC ColorSource LED PARs
  • 8 x Martin Rush PAR 2 RGBW Zoom LED PARs
  • 10 x Source Four Junior 25-50° Profiles
  • 14 x ETC Source Four Fresnels
  • 4 x PAR64
  • 4 x PAR64 Floor PARs
  • 6 x Chauvet COLORado Tour 144 LED Battens (permanent for cyc lighting)
  • 2 x Apollo Right Arms
  • LeMaitre Neutron hazer


  • FBT Verve 108 & 112 PA system
  • FBT Subline 18S Subs
  • Lab Gruppen C-Series Amplifiers
  • Allen & Heath QU32 Digital Mixer with AR-2412 audio rack
  • Fully patchable audio lines and speakon points around the venue
  • QLab 3 Pro show control software
  • CD & iPod/iPhone playback
  • 4 x AKG D5 dynamic microphones
  • 2 x Sennheiser ew100 G3 handheld radio microphones (can be changed to lapel mics)
  • 2 x DBX passive DI
  • 8 x mic stands


  • Christie LWU701i-D 7000-lumen HD projector (1920 x 1200 res., installed)
  • Motorised projection screen from above stage (6m x 3.75m)
  • VP-725N video switcher
  • Microsoft Surface, DVD & Blu-ray playback to projector
  • VGA & HDMI inputs at control position and stage
  • Patchable fibre optic points throughout the venue

Stage Management

  • TecPro dual-circuit beltpack system for full communication between control positions
  • Swiping house tabs
  • White cyclorama and full blacks as backing to the stage (2 hand-line-operated tracks)
  • Paging system and show relay to dressing room
  • Camera relay to backstage (stage view)
  • Backstage blue workers

Other Facilities

  • One dressing room (can be partitioned across to create two completely separate rooms) with dressing tables and mirrors
  • Additional dressing room space by use of the adjacent Sports Hall (subject to availability)
  • Large foyer/entrance space with bar and box-office/cloakroom
  • Bar area equipped with sink, fridge, water boiler and cups/glasses
  • Backstage toilets and showers
  • Large costume room/green room (with rails, washing machine and work areas)
  • Separate stage-door entrance for cast and crew
  • Assisted listening system
  • Backstage crossover
  • Clean 32A-1ph power supply backstage-left, and clean 63A-3ph power supply backstage-right
  • Lectern
  • Flat easy access for load-in
  • 120 parking spaces on-site
  • Full catering/refreshment packages available (quotes on request)

Key Dimensions

 Width of stage at widest point  11.6m
 Depth of stage (from front of stage to cyclorama track)  7.9m
 Height of stage (from floor to tracks [cloth height])  5.92m
 Height of stage (from floor to lighting grid)  6.3m
 Dressing room (length x width)  8.1m x 6.3m


Seating Plan

The Whitty Theatre SEATING PLAN

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