Brighton College Performing Arts Centre
The final building in the 10-year masterplan for the campus, the Performing Arts Centre together with the existing and adjacent Music School will relocate two key academic and co-curricular disciplines, Music and Drama on the campus and confirm the value that the College places on these subjects.
The Theatre will inspire students to explore their acting and musical talents with a flexible stage edge that using clever theatre technology can be used in end stage, extended stage, with an orchestra pit or as a thrust. The fixed seating will also make a striking venue for open mornings and parents evenings.
As a theatre teaching space, the variety of rigging locations and mechanisms will familiarise students wanting to pursue a theatre career. The side wall panelling conceals production lighting postions when not needed.
The infrastructure and equipment was designed to allow flexibility for student productions while creating a fertile learning environment with cost-effective industry standard equipment enabling students to get a solid understanding of the technical and creative aspects of performance. Within the high-quality finishes creative thinking was required to find positions for side-lighting on the proscenium, particularly important for when the stage is in thrust. Technical side galleries were developed with rotating panels which match the wall finishes to allow temporary side lighting positions that can be completely hidden when not required.
As well as the new theatre, the project contains additional practice rooms and classrooms for the music department, plus a dance studio and drama studio. There are classrooms for the dance and drama departments and a sixth form centre of workspace and catering which would also double as catering to the theatre performances. Support spaces include a scenery, props and costume store, and theatre understage pit.
Sound Space Vision are providing acoustic, theatre specialist systems and theatre planning consultancy for the project, which shall begin construction in 2022.