Spaces

Information on this page applies to our in-person programme in Edinburgh.

Please note that the plans, pictures, dimensions and other details available here are indicative only, and final provision may be different. Our spaces are created from scratch each year, and vary from year to year. Pictures and plans are typically those from the previous Fringe, and may not reflect changes intended for the current year. Plans for spaces which are new for this year may not appear until plans are finalised, or for new spaces, plans and photos shown may be those of similar previous spaces. Equipment listed below and on the plans is as a general indication of possible provision only. Items listed as 'by arrangement' will generally incur an extra cost for provision. All dimensions are approximate, and all critical details should be verified in situ. All information provided here is for general guidance only and is subject to change at any time.

We are happy to work with you to try to facilitate what you need for performance space design and equipment. If you have requests or questions about our spaces, plans or technical provision, please contact the programming team at programming@cvenues.com.

C aurora (main house)

Summary: full-scale black box theatre with raked seating and a generous stage: with standard seating, 115-179 seats (end-on) or up to 225 seats (thrust), depending on layout
An enhanced seating option is available by arrangement, with up to 235 seats (end-on) or up to 296 seats (thrust), depending on layout
Main house black box theatre offering thrust and end-on formats, with, for Edinburgh Fringe spaces, a relatively wide stage and high ceiling. This space is espeially suited for larger-scale theatre, physical theatre, dance, circus, musical theatre, opera, music, choral performances, and children's shows.
Auditorium: Auditorium approx 9.7m W x 7.6m-11m L.
Seating: Upholstered, raked on rostra.
Stage: Flat floor black vinyl dancefloor stage over wooden floor, end-on 9.1m W x 4m-8m D (possibility of up to 9m D by arrangement), thrust format (by arrangement) 5.7m-10.5m W x 4m-7.2m D. Size variable depending on layout and seating capacity. Headroom approx 4m to lanterns, 4.25m to lowest point of truss, 4.55m to lighting bars, 5m to ceiling.
Lighting: Extensive general lighting rig with 30 ways of control, ETC Ion or other Eos family computer lighting control system, multiple LED colour-changing units. Moving lights/projector/haze machine/smoke machine/extras by arrangement.
Sound: Theatre sound system with mixer, input for company playback device, corded microphone and stand, DI box, amplification, speakers. Extras by arrangement.
Additional features: Room to accommodate a baby grand piano in storage area. Rigging points for aerial performance available by arrangement. White cyc available by arrangement.
Access: Level access from street entrance to audience areas and stage. Access to space is through double-width doors. Accessible toilet adjacent to entrance to space. There is no level access to the standard dressing room, but an alternative dressing area can be arranged.

C aurora (main house) ground plan
C aurora (main house) lighting plan

C aurora (studio)

Summary: flexible format black box studio seating up to 40-50
Flexible format black box studio seating up to 40-50 approx. Layouts offered include end-on, thrust, in-the-round, traverse, corner, cabaret and empty room. Especially suitable for solo shows, small cast pieces, small-scale theatre, spoken word, comedy, music and cabaret performances.
Auditorium: 8.6m L x 5.6m W.
Seating: Moveable seats which can be arranged in different formats on flat floor. Capacity variable depending on stage size and position.
Stage: Flat floor black vinyl dancefloor stage. Size variable depending on layout and seating capacity, up to approx 6m W x 4m D. Formats include end-on, thrust, in-the-round, traverse, corner, cabaret and empty room. Headroom to grid approx 3.3m, to lights approx 3m. Limited wing space. All dimensions approximate.
Lighting: Comprehensive general lighting rig with 18 ways of control, ETC Nomad computer lighting control system, some LED colour-changing units. Projector/haze machine/smoke machine/extras by arrangement.
Sound: Theatre sound system with mixer, input for company playback device, corded microphone and stand, DI box, amplification, speakers. Extras by arrangement.
Additional features: White cyc available by arrangement.
Access: Level access from street entrance to audience areas and stage. Access to space is through a single-width door. Accessible toilet adjacent to entrance to space. There is no level access to the standard dressing room, but an alternative dressing area can be arranged.

C aurora (studio) ground plan
C aurora (studio) lighting plan

C aurora (church)

Summary: up to approximately 300 seats, ornate church space.
Ornate large church space suitable for music, choral pieces, organ or piano recitals, snd suitable spoken word, theatre, physical theatre and dance and dance pieces. Two performance locations are available: stage area at the front of the nave, arranged over two levels with possibility of rostra to create a level area, and pew seating for up to 300, or studio area at the rear of the nave, with flexible options for audience layout for a smaller audience, or for immersive/installation performance. .
Auditorium: Church approx 13m W x 40m L.
Seating: On pews for performances at the front of the nave, flexible for performances at the rear of the nave.
Stage: Performances take place on the on church floor, which is carpeted, and can be covered with vinyl dancefloor by arrangement. The main performance area, at the front of the nave, is 6m D x 13m W, and is stepped with the downstage 2.4m depth at ground level, the midstage 2.4m depth at +150mm, and the upstage 1.2m depth on steps rising 150mm each, rising towards the altar level. The sanctuary area and altar may not be used for performances. The main performance area can be raised to a flat level 4.8m D or 6m D and up to 10m W by arrangement. The second performance area at the rear of the nave is approx 5m D x 13m W, and is a flexible space between the rear of the pews and the rear wall of the nave, within which seating on chairs or stools can be provided by arrangement.
Lighting:General ambient lighting with performance area highlighting with white light. Basic supplementary stage lighting can be provided by arrangement, with LED-colour changing facility if needed. The space has natural daylight from roof domes and windows on the rear wall, with no blackout facility.
Sound: Sound system available by arrangement.
Additional features: Organ may be available for use by arrangement. There is space to accommodate a grand piano. Grey self-supported flats can be available to mask the sanctuary and altar by arrangement.
Access: Entrance to church is via ramped pavement from Lauriston Street to courtyard, and slight paved ramp at entrance to church from courtyard. Access to space is through double-width doors. Accessible toilet adjacent. There is no level access to the standard dressing room, but an alternative dressing area can be arranged.

C aurora (church) ground plan

C aurora (courtyard)

Summary: external courtyard space for up to 100 audience, mix of seating/standing.
Courtyard space with buildings on three sides and with the fourth side open to Lauriston Street. Suited for street theatre, and for performances which can take place outdoors without a complicated stage setting. Especially suited to free shows, or shows preferring to perform and request donations rather than sell tickets.
Courtyard: Paved courtyard, full area 19.7m L x 8.6m D approx. Flexible format with various layouts possible. Spatial allowance should be made for for sheds to house catering and front of house facilities, and tents/marquees for waiting audience.
Seating: Flexible format with various layouts possible. Options for seated audience in rows or at tables and chairs, or partially standing or fully standing audiences. Capacity variable depending on stage size and position.
Stage: Found space – stage area can be located at the most suitable place within the space for the work
Lighting: Space in in the open air. Lighting by arrangement.
Sound: Sound by arrangement.
Considerations: The courtyard is open to and visible to Lauriston Street and subject to traffic and external noise. It forms the entrance to the church space, is the main area for audiences to wait between shows, and houses the venue cafe and bar. Work shown should be suitable for a general audience. Audiences may move about the courtyard during the performance.
Access: Entrance to courtyard is via ramped pavement from Lauriston Street. Accessible toilets available. There is no level access to the standard dressing room, but an alternative dressing area can be arranged.

C aurora (courtyard) ground plan

C aquila (temple)

Summary: up to 91 seats wood-panelled end-on theatre with black box auditorium and cabaret format option
Atmospheric end-on theatre with wood-panelled auditorium and raised black box larger stage. Semi-raked auditorium, upholstered seating. Optional cabaret layout.
Auditorium: 9.2m W x 10.9m L.
Seating: Upholstered, semi-raked on rostra.
Stage: 7.3m W x 4.4m D. Black dancefloor stage, raised approx 400mm from auditorium. Headroom approx 3m to most, 3m to truss, 3.3m to lighting bars over truss.
Lighting: Extensive general lighting rig with 24 ways of control, ETC Ion or other Eos family computer lighting control system, multiple LED colour-changing units. Moving lights/projector/haze machine/smoke machine/extras by arrangement.
Sound: Theatre sound system with mixer, input for company playback device, corded microphone and stand, DI box, amplification, speakers. Extras by arrangement.
Additional features: White backcloth available by arrangement.
Access: Space is accessed by two full flights of stairs up from street, staircases approx 1m wide. Access to space is through single-wdith door. Seated stair-lift with folding chair available.

C aquila (temple) ground plan – standard format
C aquila (temple) ground plan – cabaret format
C aquila (temple) lighting plan

C aquila (studio)

Summary: up to 54 seats, end-on format black box studio with theatre and cabaret format option
Intimate black box end-on studio with larger stage. Semi-raked auditorium, upholstered seating. Optional cabaret layout.
Auditorium: 4.2-6.2m W x 9.3m L.
Seating: Upholstered, semi-raked on rostra.
Stage: 4-5m W x 4.5m D, extendable to 5.3m D by removing front row. Size variable depending on layout and seating capacity. Flat floor black vinyl dancefloor stage. Headroom approx 2.5m to lanterns, 2.9m to grid.
Lighting: Comprehensive general lighting rig with 18 ways of control, ETC Nomad computer lighting control system, some LED colour-changing units. Projector/haze machine/smoke machine/extras by arrangement.
Sound: Theatre sound system with mixer, input for company playback device, corded microphone and stand, DI box, amplification, speakers. Extras by arrangement.
Additional features: White backcloth available by arrangement.
Access: Space is accessed by one full flight of stairs up from street, staircases approx 1m wide. Access to space is through double-width doors. Seated chairlift available.

C aquila (studio) ground plan – standard format
C aquila (studio) ground plan – cabaret format
C aquila (studio) lighting plan

C alto (theatre)

Summary: 55-75 seats seats, mid-size end-on black box theatre with raked seating
Classically-proportioned end-on format theatre space with high ceiling. Raked auditorium, upholstered seating 6-9 rows deep, level black vinyl dancefloor stage floor. Especially suited for mid-scale theatre, physical theatre, smaller-scale dance, and for spoken-word comedy, cabaret and children’s shows.
Auditorium: 5m W x 12m L.
Seating: Upholstered, raked on rostra.
Stage: Flat floor black vinyl dancefloor stage. Size variable depending on layout and seating capacity. Headroom approx 3.6m to lanterns, 3.9m to grid, 4.3m to ceiling. Stage size 5m W (6m W by arrangement), depth variable from 2.3m-4.8m by adding/removing front rows of seating.
Lighting: Extensive general lighting rig with 24 ways of control, ETC Ion, Nomad or other Eos family computer lighting control system, multiple LED colour-changing units. Moving lights/projector/haze machine/smoke machine/extras by arrangement.
Sound: Theatre sound system with mixer, input for company playback device, corded microphone and stand, DI box, amplification, speakers. Extras by arrangement.
Additional features: Upright piano available by arrangement. White backcloth available by arrangement. Access: Space is accessed by one full flight of stairs up from Victoria Terrace, staircases approx 1.1m wide, or by standard size passenger lift. Access to space is through double-width doors. Accessible toilet at Victoria Terrace level.

Image shows the room in its year-round set up rather than as a black box performance space.

C alto (studio)

Summary: flexible format black box studio seating up to 50-60
Flexible format black box studio seating up to 50-60 approx. Layouts offered include end-on, thrust, in-the-round, traverse, corner, cabaret and empty room. Especially suitable for solo shows, small cast pieces, small-scale theatre, spoken word, comedy, music and cabaret performances.
Auditorium: 8.5.m L x 6.5m W.
Seating: Moveable seats which can be arranged in different formats on flat floor. Capacity variable depending on stage size and position.
Stage: Flat floor black vinyl dancefloor stage. Size variable depending on layout and seating capacity, up to approx 6m W x 4m D. Formats include end-on, thrust, in-the-round, traverse, corner, cabaret and empty room. Headroom to grid approx 3m, to lights approx 3m, to ceiling approx 4m. Limited wing space. All dimensions approximate.
Lighting: Comprehensive general lighting rig with 18 ways of control, ETC Nomad computer lighting control system, some LED colour-changing units. Projector/haze machine/smoke machine/extras by arrangement.
Sound: Theatre sound system with mixer, input for company playback device, corded microphone and stand, DI box, amplification, speakers. Extras by arrangement.
Additional features: White backcloth available by arrangement.
Access: Space is accessed by two full flights of stairs up from Victoria Terrace, staircases approx 1.1m wide, or by standard size passenger lift. Access to space is through double-width doors. Accessible toilet at Victoria Terrace level.

Image shows the room in its year-round set up rather than as a black box performance space.

C alto (library)

Summary: flexible format found space for exhibitions and for screening digital performance (not available for live performance)
Flexible format found space room seating up to 30 approx.
Room: Size approx 8m L x 5m W. Headroom to ceiling approx 2.8m.
Seating: Moveable seats which can be arranged in different formats on flat floor. Capacity variable.
Lighting: By arrangement. No blackout unless by arrangement.
Sound: By arrangement.
Additional features: Projector and screen available by arrangement.
Access: Space is accessed by one full flight of stairs up from Victoria Terrace, staircases approx 1.1m wide, or by standard size passenger lift. Access to space is through a single-width door. Accessible toilet at Victoria Terrace level.

C alto (bow)

Summary: flexible format found space
Flexible format found space room seating up to 15 approx.
Room: Size approx 20 square metres. Headroom to ceiling approx 3.1m.
Seating: Moveable seats which can be arranged in different formats on flat floor. Capacity variable.
Lighting: By arrangement. No blackout unless by arrangement.
Sound: By arrangement.
Access: Space is accessed by one step up from Victoria Terrace. Access to space is through a single-width door. Accessible toilet at Victoria Terrace level.

C cubed (main space)

Summary: up to 79 seats, very flexible black box theatre with thrust, in-the-round, traverse and cabaret formats
Intimate thrust format theatre space with optional in-the-round, traverse, and cabaret layouts and full black box. Semi-raked auditorium, upholstered seating 6-8 rows deep, level black vinyl dancefloor stage floor. Especially suited for mid-scale theatre, physical theatre, dance, comedy, cabaret and children’s shows.
Auditorium: 4.1-4.9m W x 11.3m L.
Seating: Upholstered, semi-raked on rostra.
Stage: Flat floor black vinyl dancefloor stage. Size variable depending on layout and seating capacity. Headroom 3.4m to lanterns, 3.8m to grid. Stage size variable by rearranging front rows of seating. Thrust: standard stage 3.3m D x 4.5m W, extendable to 4.2m D and/or to 5.3m or 6m W. Traverse: standard stage 4.2m W x 3.6m D, extendable to 4.5m W or 5.3m W. In-the-round: standard stage size 4.5m x 3.4m D, extendable to 5.3m W or 6m W. Cabaret stage size flexible.
Lighting: Comprehensive general lighting rig with 24 ways of control, ETC Nomad computer lighting control system, some LED colour-changing units. Projector/haze machine/smoke machine/extras by arrangement.
Sound: Theatre sound system with mixer, input for company playback device, corded microphone and stand, DI box, amplification, speakers. Extras by arrangement.
Access: Space is accessed by one and a half flights of stairs up from street (25 steps in total), main staircase approx 1m wide, final half flight approx 0.8m wide. Access to space is through a single-width door.

C cubed (main space) ground plan
C cubed (main space) lighting plan

C cubed (studio format)

36-59 seats, 52 as standard, variable capacity end-on black box studio with theatre and cabaret format options
Intimate end-on format studio space with theatre and cabaret formats. Standard capacity 52 seats approx, alternative options for 36, 44, 59, or 66 seats (approx), depending on stage depth. Semi-raked auditorium, upholstered seating (5 to 9 rows deep), level black vinyl dancefloor stage floor. Especially suited for smaller-scale theatre, physical theatre, dance, comedy, cabaret, spoken word and children's shows.
Auditorium: 4.1-4.9m W x 9.4m L. End-on format black box space. Optional cabaret layout.
Seating: Upholstered, semi-raked on rostra, 5 to 9 rows deep.
Stage: Flat floor black vinyl dancefloor stage 4.5 W. Stage depth varia ble dependent on layout and seating capacity. Headroom 3.4m to lanterns, 3.8m to grid. Standard stage depth 3.7m with approx 52 seats. Alternative options of: 5.4m deep with approx 36 seats, 4.55m with approx 44 seats, or, subject to arrangement, 2.85m with approx 59 seats.
Lighting: Comprehensive general lighting rig with 18 ways of control, ETC Nomad computer lighting control system, some LED colour-changing units. Projector/haze machine/smoke machine/extras by arrangement.
Sound: Theatre sound system with mixer, input for company playback device, corded microphone and stand, DI box, amplification, speakers. Extras by arrangement.
Additional features: White cyc available by arrangement.
Access: Space is accessed by one and a half flights of stairs up from street (approx 25 steps in total), main staircase approx 1m wide, final staircase approx 800mm wide. Access to space is through a single-width door.

C cubed (studio format) ground plan
C cubed (studio format) lighting plan

C offsite

Shows in our programme have performed in castles and other historic places, attics and cellars, a hairdressing salon, a bus, a toilet, churchyards, car parks, gardens, and the closes and courtyards of the Old Town. We welcome applications from street theatre, site-specific, site-responsive, immersive and installation performance pieces. If you have a specific performance space in mind, we can help you get it set up and licensed for public performance. If you are looking for in-situ performance spaces, immersive performance spaces, installation spaces, or other unconventional spaces, we are able to help.

All venue and space information is provided on an indicative basis. Details may change as we continue to refine our spaces and venues. All dimensions and specifications are provisional and approximate. Final formats, capacities, sizes, facilities and equipment may vary from those illustrated.