Technical Specification
theSpace @ Symposium Hall - Garden Theatre

Key information

The Garden Theatre is exclusive to theSpaceUK's programme for Edinburgh Fringe 2021. Designed specifically to provide a flexible performance space that can be operated safely and comfortably during a period of Covid restrictions, we offer a spacious and airy outdoor theatre suitable for a range of performance styles.

Note; as a new theatre for 2021, specifications are subject to last minute revision. Please talk to your pre-production contact if any specific details are important to your performance.

Venue Number

Venue 43


Venue 43 Symposium Hall
King Khalid Building
The Royal College of Surgeons
Hill Square

Show Information Phone Number

+44 (0)131 510 2384

Show Information Email

Production Team Phone Number

+44 (0)131 510 2391

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 onto the Royal Mile and immediately right on to 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. Pass theSpace Triplex and turn left into Hill Square. The Garden Theatre is in a temporary marquee structure in the centre of the square.

Loading Access

Hill Square will be closed to traffic to accomodate the venue, so loading access is limited and may require a walk from Roxburgh Place. Discuss any specific load-in requirements with your Pre-Production Manager.

Venue Design

The Garden Theatre at theSpace @ Symposium Hall is an outdoor space situated in a covered marquee in Hill Square. The marquee is open sided to ensure good airflow. It has a clear roof over the audience and an opaque roof over the performance area. Note that the nature of this venue means that blackout conditions are very unlikely even for performances late at night, and ambient lighting levels are expected to be high during the daytime. In addition, noise originating externally to the venue is likely to be audible during performances.

Performance Area

The stage is 6m x 2m and is 50cm high. It is a standard kind of dark decking surface. 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

There is a limited backstage space behind the black drapes at the rear of the stage. There are two entrances in the drapes in the USL and USR locations. Onstage grid clearance approximately 3m.


The venue is sited in a temporary marquee structure with carpeted wooden floors. Seating is end-on in Covid-safe bubbles; seats 80 audience in 20 bubbles of 4 seats.

Dressing Facilities

There is no dedicated dressing room at the venue. There are toilets in the adjacent theSpace @ Symposium Hall building.


There is a small amount of storage in the adjacent theSpace @ Symposium Hall building which is shared between all companies. Items will need to be moved between the theatre and the storage space by the performing company for each performance.

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. There is no comms or cue light system to backstage.


The venue has a complete and flexible LED-based lighting rig, fully equipped for any Fringe production. 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

The fixed-focus rig comprises:

  • Front light: 7x 1200W-equivalent LED fresnels across the stage. (Open white)
  • Back light: 3x LED PARs mounted to the rear of the stage.
  • Side light: 2x LED PARs.


Specials may be re-focussed to your design.

  • 3 x LED Profiles on the front truss.


  • A combination of LED floods and festoon lighting controlled from the lighting console.


  • All lighting fixtures are LED-based and therefore have internal dimmers.


  • Zero88 FLX (or similar) 24-channel desk, can be operated in 2-preset manual or memory mode.


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


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


  • A&H QU-16 sound desk

PA System

  • Nexo ID24 & IDS110 ased loudspeaker system

The ID24 loudspeaker system comprises 4 cabinets. Two are mounted in the truss rig to give a stereo image. A further two are mounted to the marquee ceiling to provide delay fill.

Available Equipment

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

  • 1 x DI box for electric pianos etc.

Note for hygiene reasons, microphones and stands will not be provided in 2021. If you require microphones, these must be supplied by you and not shared with any other performers.


24-channel multicore between the stage and control position.

Sound Levels

We are required to consider neighbours with respect to sound levels. At all our venues staff reserve the right to limit sound levels for the sake of other venues, nearby members of the public, or for reasons of public health. The Garden Theatre, being an outdoor theatre, will radiate sound outside of the performance space more widely than an indoor theatre, so performing companies are asked to be especially conscious of the volume of their production.


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 almost impossible hard to achieve in this venue due to high ambient light levels during daytime, 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 downloads

Document Download link

Garden Theatre - General Plan