Spaces

Please note that 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 recreated 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 below until plans are finalised, or for new spaces plans and photos may be those of other similar spaces. Equipment listed below and on the plans is as a general indication of possible provision only. All dimensions are approximate. All information provided here is for general guidance only and is subject to change.

If you have specific questions about the plans or technical provision in any of our spaces, please contact the production department at production@cvenues.com.

C aurora (main house)

Summary: approximately 115-179 seats, black box theatre with raked seating and large stage.
Large black box theatre offering thrust/end-on formats, with a large stage and high ceiling. Especially suited to for larger-scale theatre, physical theatre, dance, circus, musical theatre, opera, music, choral performances, and children's shows.
Auditorium: Auditorium approx 10m W x 18m L.
Seating: upholstered, raked on rostra.
Stage: Flat floor black vinyl dancefloor stage over wooden floor, 6m-9m W x 4m-8m D. Size variable depending on layout and seating capacity. Headroom approx 4m to lanterns, 4.5m to lowest point of grid, 5m to upper points of grid.
Lighting: Extensive general lighting rig with 30 ways of control, ETC Eos/Ion family computer lighting control system, some LED colour-changing units, some 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 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. 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.

Photos showing performance space set up are of a previous space of similar type and equipment

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: upholstered seats on flat floor which can be arranged in different formats. 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. 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.

Photos showing performance space set up are of a previous spaces of similar type and equipment

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: at 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. Upright piano available 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. Accessible toilet available. There is no level access to the standard dressing room, but an alternative dressing area can be arranged.

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 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 2.7m to lanterns, 3.3m to grid.
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.
Additional features: White cyc available by arrangement.
Access: Space is accessed by two full flights of stairs up from street, staircases approx 1m wide. Seated stair-lift with folding chair available.

C aquila (temple) ground plan
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 cyc available by arrangement.
Access: Space is accessed by one full flight of stairs up from street, staircases approx 1m wide. Seated chairlift available..

C aquila (studio) ground plan
C aquila (studio) lighting plan

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.

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

C cubed (studio format)

36-66 seats, typically 52, 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. 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, 2.85m with approx 59 seats, or 2.0m with approx 66 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.

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


Photo shows a similar format space to C cubed studio format

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Please note... Details may change as we continue to refine our spaces and venues. All dimensions and specifications are provisional and approximate. Capacities and stage sizes may vary.