Community theatre has been a popular tradition for centuries, providing a
Bringing people together isn’t the only advantage theatre has to offer, it can also contribute towards improved literacy and education, it may be
A purpose built
The experience of the community theatre is not merely measured in terms of the actual performance - it is also about the venue. The actual theatre house and its in-house features, rather than the performance itself may often be the difference between a positive or a negative experience.
Well trained, friendly and approachable front of house staff play a vital role to the theatre experience – the
Visibility is key to the enjoyment of any type of live performance – obstructed sight lines are heavily associated with negative feedback, as the success of any performance depends to a large a degree on the relationship between the audience and the performer. Seating should be designed in such a way that allows the audience to watch the performance clearly at all times.
Comfort has become an increasingly important factor at the theatre – many of the more traditional venues are fitted with notoriously uncomfortable seating, with levels of discomfort increasing considerably when remaining seated for long periods of time. Many such theatre houses have invested in extensive refurbishments in an attempt to address the issue of comfort. Patrons require wider and more comfortable seats, offering adequate lumbar support and sufficient leg room to be able to move around without feeling restricted. Uncomfortable seating can have an extremely negative effect on the customer’s experience – it may affect concentration levels which subsequently hinders audience participation and engagement with the performance.
Part of the theatre experience includes hospitality, the majority of
Ventilation is always an important consideration in large rooms intended for multiple occupants, ventilation systems and air exchange rates help to control air quality and any odours, as well as diluting gases. Sitting in a comfortable environment can add to the enjoyment of the performance.
Access in and around the venue should allow for free flow with minimal crowd build up, whilst taking into consideration, those with limited mobility, wheelchair access and fire safety. Access to the venue itself is also an important factor, this should offer good parking or decent public transport links.
Poorly maintained and dirty facilities are
Ferco Seating provides a one-stop, bespoke service for all theatre seating requirements, offering a range of
The Primera Beaufort is a popular choice of seat for theatre venues – it can be incorporated into small spaces without compromising on access or comfort. The Beaufort is fully
The Primera Pacific is another extremely popular choice, offering a comfortable and durable seat. It has a compact envelope, which allows for easy access and egress, with an attractive aesthetic.
One of the UK’s largest art centres, this
This theatre venue originally first opened in 1977, it was originally used as a church then a school – later the premises were converted into a day centre and then subsequently a theatre by the Miller Centre Trust. The 2018 refurbishment was designed to provide enhanced comfort and extra legroom for patrons. The Primera Beaufort seat was chosen for this popular venue due to its outstanding comfort and aesthetics, seats were upholstered with a luxurious velour fabric and fitted with removable covers as well as with hard wearing black PU armrests.
Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn opened back in March 2009, it enjoys a beautiful riverside location in the county town. Theatre Severn has proven highly beneficial to the town, providing a landmark which attracts both local residents as well as numerous visitors from further afield. The venue offers a 650 seat capacity and was fitted with the Primera Pacific seat – an extremely comfortable auditorium chair with a sprung seat for additional comfort, designed to be virtually maintenance free with maximum egress due to its compact envelope form.
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