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The Wits Theatre

Our largest theatre seats 360 with excellent visibility, acoustics, and a stage which is adjustable from a conventional proscenium arch setting to a large thrust stage. The thrust/apron can be lowered to auditorium level to increase the seating capacity or lowered to basement level to create an orchestra pit.

Rates:


Capacity: 360

Daily R 11 700.00
Weekly R 46 762.00 
Sunday & Public Holidays R 14 388.00
Extra hours R 1 445.00

Seating Plan:

Stage Plan:

Stage Section:

Catwalk Plan:

 

Technical Specifications

Auditorium:

  • Seating Capacity: 360/409 (When Thrust stage is at auditorium level)
  • House Seats (x 8):
    • J 15, 16, 17, 18 & 29, 30, 31 & 32
    • Wheelchair friendly, Under cover parking

Stage:

  • Proscenium: Opening: 10,4m / Height: 5.5m
  • Performance Area:
    • Proscenium to Cyclorama: 6m x 10,4m
    • Apron: 2m x 15m
    • Thrust to Cyclorama: 12m
  • Orchestra Pit:(If Thrust stage is lowered to orchestra pit level) Size: 4m x 9m
  • Black Surround:
    • 6 x Legs
    • 3 x Borders
    • 1 x Split Traverse
    • 1 x Gauze Black Sharkstooth
  • Fly System: 12 x counterweight bars (SWL: 100Kgs)
  • Stage Access: Dock Door 6mH x 3.5mW into loading bay
  • Stage Managers Desk: Comm system available. Headsets at:1 x Stage, 2 x Control Room, 1 x Fly floor, 1 x Follow spot
  • Dressing Rooms:
    • 2 x Chorus (Female = 16 mirrors, Male = 12 mirrors)
    • 2 x Principal (Female = 7 mirrors, Male = 7 mirrors)

Lighting:

The Wits Theatre hasa saturation lighting rig. Any changes to this rig need to be discussed, with the Production Manager and Lighting Technician at least2 weeks before the get-in.
All gel colours are to be supplied by the client.

  • Control Desk: Martin M2GO - 2048 channels
  • Dimmers/Circuits: 71 - 2.5Kw and 18 - 2Kw, Total = 101 circuits
  • Bars/Batterns: FOH:3 ONSTAGE:5 LADDERS: 4 x fixed ladders stage left and stage right

Luminaires:

Type Number Wattage Globe Type Suggested Use/Position
Harmony22/40 12 1000w T11/19 Inner Catwalk
Harmony15/28 19 1000w T11/19 Outer Catwalk
ETC Source 4 Zoom Profile 15/30 24 575w HPL575 Catwalks
Harmony PC 22 1000w T11/19 Stage
Cantata fresnel 4 1200w T29 or T11/19 Stage
Iris 4 4 1250w P2/12 Cyclorama
Prelude 30 4 650w T26/27 Vomitoria
Parcans 24 1000w CP60,62 Ladders
Mac 300 4 575w MSD 250 Truss Stage
Mac 250 2 575w MSD 250 Truss / Inner catwalk
Patt.808 Follow spot 1 2000w CP43 Follow spot

Sound:

The Wits Theatre has a sound system that has been custom designed for the theatre. Any extras will need to be brought in by the lessee.

  • Mixer: 2 x Yamaha O1V 96
  • Amplifiers and Controllers
    • 2 x LA24a x 1500W/4ohm
    • 1 x LA17a - 2x840W/4ohm
    • 2 x Ramsa
  • FOH Speakers
    • 4 x MTD115b
    • 2 x SB118 - 1x18" Sub
  • Stage Speakers
    • 2 x EV
    • 2 x Ramsa
  • Sound Snake (stage to control room)
    • 24 xsends
    • 8 x returns
  • Micellaneous
    • 2 x DVD players
      1 x cabled microphone

Wits Downstairs Theatre

A flexible experimental venue with comfortable seating on tiered rostra for an audience of 120.

Rates:


Capacity: 110
 
Daily R 5 130.00
Weekly R 22 100.00
Sunday & Public Holidays R 10 841.00
Extra hours R 1 445.00

Venue Plan:

Technical Specifications

Auditorium

  • Seating Capacity: 110 on 32 - 2m x 1m seating rostra of various heights
  • Wheelchair friendly. Under cover parking

Stage

  • Performance Area: 8m x 5m
  • Black Surround 1 x Split Traverse
  • Stage Access: Dock door 4mH x 3mW into loading bay. Serviced by overhead tracking crane (SWL: 500Kgs)
  • Dressing Rooms: 2; 8 mirrors

Lighting

Lighting designs need to be handed in 2 weeks before the get-in. All gel colours are to be supplied by the client.

  • Control Desk: Strand 200 series
  • Dimmers/Circuits: 30 - 2Kw circuits
  • Bars/Batterns: FOH:4 x winch bars ONSTAGE: 2 x fixed bars

Luminaires:

Type Number Wattage Globe Type Suggested Use/Position
Harmony22/40 6 1000w T11/19 FO
Prelude 16/30 11 650w T26/27 FOH or Specials
Parcans 8 1000w CP60,61,62  
Prelude PC 10 500w T26/27 Stage
Cantata Fresnel 8 1000w T29 or T11 Stage

 Sound

The Downstairs Theatre has a sound system that has been custom designed for the theatre. Any extras will need to be brought in by the lessee.

  • Mixer:
    • Midas Venice 160
  • Amplifiers and Controllers:
    • 1 x Yamaha Power Amp P2500s
  • Speakers:
    • 4 x Yamaha 1
  • Micellaneous:
    • 1 x Cd player
    • 1 x DVD player
    • 1 x cabled microphone

Wits Amphitheatre

Initially an informal, outdoor space mostly used for lunchtime presentations. In 1992, the new Amphitheatre was roofed in with available seating of around 120. It has a raised stage, consisting of wooden rostra.

Rates:


Capacity: 120

Daily R 4 060.00
Weekly R 16 237.00
Sunday & Public Holidays R 9 092.00
Extra hours R 1 445.00

Venue Plan:

Technical Specifications:

Auditorium

  • Seating Capacity: 120
  • Wheelchair friendly, Under cover parking

Stage

  • Performance Area: 8m x 11m
  • Stage Access: Standard double leaf door (2mH x 1,8mW). Access is limited into this theatre, please contact Production Manager.
  • Dressing Rooms: 2; 6 mirrors

Lighting

Lighting designs need to be handed in 2 weeks before the get-in. All gel colours are to be supplied by the client.

  • Control desk: Strand 200 series
  • Dimmers/Circuits: 30 x 2Kw circuits 
  • Bars/Batterns: FOH: 10 (fixed) ONSTAGE: 8 (fixed)

 

Type Number Wattage Globe Type Suggested Use/Position
Harmony 22/40 5 1000w T11/19 FOH
Harmony 15/28 2 1000w T11/19 FOH
T84 1 1000w T11/19 Specials
P813 6 650w T13/22 Specials
Prelude 28/40 2 650w T26/27 Specials
Quartet Fresnel 12 500w T26/27 Stage
Harmony PC 10 1000w T11/19 Stage
Parcan 8 1000w CP60,62 FOH

Sound

The Wits Amphitheatre has a sound system that has been custom designed for the theatre. Any extras will need to be brought in by the lessee.

  • Mixer
    • Midas Venice 160
  • Amplifiers and Controllers
    • 1 x Yamaha Power Amp P2500s
  • Speakers
    • 4 x Yamaha 1
  • Micellaneous
    • 2 x CD player
    • 1 x cabled microphone

How to book a venue

Please note a booking is not confirmed until an agreement of lease has been signed by both parties.A deposit or the full payment may be required to confirm the booking.

Hiring Procedures:

Step 1 : Check availability of venue with the Admin Secretary.
Step 2 : Request an application form, have it filled in and submitted asap.
Step 3 : A signed Lease Agreement will then be emailed to you with fees payable.
Step 4 : Sign and return a copy of the Lease Agreement, together with proof of payment. Your booking is then confirmed.
Step 5 :               Only EFT and cash deposits will be accepted. Reference should be the name of the Organisation or the Department or the name of the Representative.

 

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