Technical Specification
theSpace Triplex - Studio

Key information

Venue Number

Venue 38


The Royal College of Surgeons
19 Hill Place

Address - for flyer & poster delivery

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

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

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 in the basement, down a flight of stairs or in a wheelchair lift.

Venue Design

Performance Area

The venue is laid out in a mixed cabaret arrangement around a thrust stage measuring 3x4m, constructed of black painted boards with a height of 2cm. To preserve the finish please ensure your costume does not use shoes with stiletto heels. 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

The stage can be entered through the auditorium, or there is a very small backstage space behind centre-stage for a central entrance, and similar alcoves and entrances each side, though no crossover is possible. Onstage height clearance is 2.15m - this is a low-ceilinged venue!


The venue is carpeted and fully enclosed with black drapes. Seating is a mixture of theatre-style rows and cabaret tables; the auditorium seats 65 audience and one FOH manager.

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 and in a small store room adjacent to the theatre. 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 stage-left side. There is no comms or cue light system to backstage.


The venue has a straightforward conventional lighting rig augmented with Colour LED Parcans. The rig is mounted on the scaffolding that also supports the drapes. 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 lights may be regelled and refocussed to your requirement (bring your own gel)

  • Front light: 6x 500w fresnels cabled in pairs covering SL, CS and SR. 2x bright RGBW LED Parcans covering SL and SR.
  • Back light: 2x 500w fresnels paired together
  • Side light: 2x bright RGBW LED Parcans, one from each side.


  • 1x 575w 25-50 degree zoom profile located centrally. A gobo holder is available (size M)


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


6 channels of dimming.


Zero88 Jester 24/48 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.


Small analogue sound desk: Soundcraft Notepad or similar.


  • d&b Audiotechnik E3 loudspeaker system.
  • d&b Audiotechnik E-PAC amplification.

The speakers are hung from the drape bars on the left and right of the auditorium.

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.


8-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.

Due to the severely restricted height of this venue any projection would need to be used on a floor stand. 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

Lighting Plan


General Plan