theSpace Triplex - Big Space

Key information

Venue Number

Venue 38


The Royal College of Surgeons 19 Hill Place EDINBURGH EH8 9DP

Address - for flyer & poster delivery

No earlier than 0900 on Monday July 29th 2019 to:

theSpaceUK, Venue 43 Symposium Hall, King Khalid Building The Royal College of Surgeons Hill Square EDINBURGH EH8 9DR

Box Office Phone Number

+44 (0)131 510 2395

Box Office Email

Production Team Phone Number

+44 (0)131 510 2396

Production Team Email


If arriving by train, leave Edinburgh Waverley Station by the main exit on to Waverley Bridge and turn left. At the mini roundabout cross over onto Cockburn Street. At the top of Cockburn Street turn left on to the Royal Mile and right onto North Bridge

Continue along North Bridge until it becomes Nicolson Street. Pass the main Royal College of Surgeons on your left and turn left into Hill Place. theSpace Triplex is just on the left.

Loading Access

It is usually possible to unload directly into the venue from Hill Place where there are limited places to park - try adjacent Hill Square too. The venue is up a flight of stairs or in a wheelchair lift.

Venue Design

Performance Area

The venue is designed in a thrust arrangement and a stage area of 8m x 5m.

The stage is not boarded or covered in dance floor; it is wooden laminate.

Small spike marks are permitted - we advise initialling them or using coloured tape to distinguish them, and cut rather than tearing for longevity.

Stage Entrances

Entrances are provided at upstage left, upstage right and upstage centre. Crossover is possible between the three entrances. Height clearance from floor to truss is 4m.


The venue has a hard floor and fully enclosed with black drapes to a height of 4m. Seating is in one main block with double rows on two sides. The auditorium seats 130 audience, one FOH manager and one Usher.

Dressing Facilities

There is no dedicated dressing room at the venue; access to the performance space is permitted only during your slot so we advise arriving ready to start. There are toilets on the ground floor.


There is limited storage for large and bulky items of scenery, props etc.; this is located behind the drapes in the auditorium. If all companies show careful consideration to minimising and carefully storing set and props, then some considerably complex productions are achievable in this venue. Let us know in advance about your set design plans.

Please make your Pre-Production Manager aware of any fragile items you wish to use, and ensure they are carefully wrapped and packed in storage to avoid breakage by others in the confined, dark area.

Costumes should be taken away with you or stored in large cases/crates for protection. Anything required for show promotion or performances elsewhere must be taken away daily as no access is possible outside your slot. Refer to the FAQ for details of permitted and restricted set design materials.

Control Position

The lighting and sound control position is in the auditorium, at the rear centre. There is no comms or cue light system to backstage.


The venue has a simple but flexible conventional lighting rig augmented with Colour LED Parcans. The rig is mounted on a truss structure that encloses the stage. Your technical rehearsal will go more smoothly if your lighting designer can contact us in advance with your requirements and/or how you are planning to use the rig.

General Cover

All gelled with Lee Filters 009 (Pale Amber Gold).

  • Front light: 12x 1000w fresnels: 6 from downstage truss, 6 from FOH truss
  • Back light: 6x 1000w fresnels from upstage truss.
  • Side light: 4x 1000w fresnels, two per side.


Specials may be re-focussed to your design (gel not provided - bring your own to suit your design). Use of specials is limited to the time available for focus by our crew so please discuss in advance

  • 9x 575w 25-50 degree zoom profiles. Gobo holders are available (size M)
  • 10x bright RGBW LED Pars, ordinarily forming a full wash


4 x 500w Coda Floods controlled from the lighting console (1 channel).


  • 24 channels of dimming.


Zero88 Jester ML48 desk for control of conventional and LED fixtures.


The sound system is designed for everything from effects to small scale musical theatre.


  • 1 compact disc player.
  • 3.5mm mini-jack cable supplied to connect additional equipment such as an MP3 player or laptop computer.


24 channel analogue sound desk


  • d&b Audiotechnik E9 & E3 loudspeaker system.
  • d&b Audiotechnik E18 subwoofers.
  • d&b Audiotechnik P1200 amplification.

Speakers are arranged in a stereo configuration and mounted in the truss above the stage. Two E3 cabinets provide side fill.

There are two further E3 loudspeakers mounted in the truss for on-stage fold back.

Available Equipment

These may be shared with adjacent theSpaceUK venues so please let us know if you wish to use any of the following:

  • 2 x Shure SM58 microphones with stands.
  • 1 x DI box for electric pianos etc.


24-channel multicore between the stage and control position.

Sound Levels

This venue is fairly well isolated, so considerable sound levels are achievable here without affecting others. However at all our venues staff reserve the right to limit sound levels for the sake of other venues or building users, or for reasons or public health.


Please see our FAQ on Projection - we don't provide a projector or screen, and our staff are not trained in the operation of projectors. Projection effects are particularly hard to achieve in this venue due to height clearance, stage size and lack of hanging space for a projector. We do not recommend the use of projection in this venue so please let us know in advance if you wish to use it in your performance so we can work out the ideal arrangement.

Projectors can be used on stage, or hung from the truss and left in situ (if space is available and lights are not impeded; seek advice). A long cable will be required to reach the control position.

Screens may be floor standing (preferably) or hung from the truss supporting the upstage drapes.

Bringing additional equipment

This venue can support a range of additional equipment to enhance your show, subject to the limitations of time. As there are further constraints of space, connections and power any use of your own equipment must be discussed with your Pre-Production Manager in advance; please see our FAQ regarding electrical equipment.

Notifying Us

The shows that are most successful are those that maintain good communication with their Pre-Production Manager throughout their development.

Aside from generally keeping us in the loop with your plans, and responding to requests for information by given deadlines, you must contact us in good time if:

  • you wish to use the space differently;
  • you want to hang anything from the scaffolding or truss;
  • your show requires the use of a projector;
  • you are planning on bringing any of your own (or hired) equipment;
  • you wish to use any special effects;
  • you have any items of set that require access or storage considerations;
  • you would like advice on making the most of the venue or achieving a particular artistic effect; or
  • you are unsure about any aspect of your arrival, load-in, technical rehearsal or show day routine that is not answered in the FAQs.

Plans and supporting information

Document Download link
General Layout Plan Download
Lighting Plan Download