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Michael Pilch Studio

Address

Capacity

Slots per term

Managing body

Venue manager

Jowett Buildings, Jowett Walk, OX1 3TS

70

up to 8

Student representative

Schedule

Bids: to be submitted in week 4, offers made in week 5

Programming: One show a week up to all 8 weeks of term time

Get in & Tech: Tuesday 8am-11pm

Performances: Wednesday-Saturday evenings

Get out: Immediately following final performance, venue to be checked on Sunday morning

Good for:

  • New writing

  • Simple lighting and sound

  • Large stage space

Lighting

An internally wired fixed grid covers the width and depth of the studio in in two rectangles round the edge of the studio and around the central stage space. The rig is contains 48 15A sockets which must be patched to dimmers or non-dims outlets. Control is managed by a zero88 Jester 24/48 control desk, which is adequate for programming solely dimmable fixtures with single channels but is inappropriate for any intelligent fixtures which are non-dimmable, for which we recommend hiring our ETC nomad. The studio’s lantern stock is adequate for small-simply lit performances and includes a small number of fresnels, parcans, floods, and profiles with corresponding gel frames.

Sound

Primary input is via a 3.5mm audio jack cable directly connected to the mixing board. There are no radio microphones in the studio for live input and no receivers. There are 6 microphone tie-lines in the theatre (3-pin XLR) that are contained on the floor panels and wired directly between these floor panels, not to the patch bay. Two of the tie lines are occupied in order to send input sound through to the amp in the patch bay. Mixing is made possible by an Allen & Heath ZED-16FX desk which has 10 mono channels, three stereo channels with 2-band EQ and an FX unit. The main speaker amplification is provided by one Electro-Voice CPS series amplifier which provides two channels of amplification split between two Electro-Voice ZX1 speaker pairs on the rig, defaulted for Left and Right output.

Stage

Empty studio measures 9406x9187mm and can be set-up in any configuration, within reason of fire safety regulations. The studio has a permanent black dance floor which must not be screwed into. All walls are painted black and there four floor pillars in a square around the centre of the room. There is a stock of 100x100x50mm square deck units with top boards and step units which can be used to create a raised stage or raked seating bank. Note that this is not a level access venue.