Theatre and Stage
Sparkwell Parish Hall was extended and refurbished between 2001 to 2009, to accommodate local theatre productions, including SATCo’s much loved annual pantomime.

Rural theatre enjoys a surge of interest.
The number of touring and local productions is on the increase, as new technologies and effective marketing campaigns help create opportunities.

Recent research has recognised that rural audiences are sophisticated and adventurous.  According to The Arts Council’s ‘Taking Part Survey’, audiences in rural areas have a higher level of arts engagement, compared with those living in urban areas.  Furthermore, rural theatres offer a chance for artists to connect with their audience, in a way that is not possible with national theatres.

“Sparkwell Parish Hall is perfect for all types of performing arts.”

In the future we’d like to offer ‘Live Satellite Theatre’ and movie nights, so please do get in touch if you’d like to get involved.

The technical bit:
The traditional raised Proscenium Stage is deep enough to facilitate multiple scene changes.  The fixed rigging grid is currently setup for three set/lighting changes, and there’s room for several rolling backdrops.  The stage also boasts a trap door, that leads to an extensive full height trap room.

Tiered seating can be erected to accommodate 180 people.

We have the following basic sound equipment on hand for simple set-ups:

Numark MP103USB Professional USB and MP3 CD player – Download User Manual
Behringer Eurorack Pro RX1202FX Mixer – Download User Manual
Microphone (Soundlab G185N)
Microphone Stand with round base
Stereo PA Speakers (Already connected to the mixer output)

The mixer has a total of 12 inputs (2x stereo channels and 8 x mono channels.)
For convenience, the mixer is already connected to the following inputs:
1. CD/USB player
2. A cable with a standard 3.5mm jack (for use with iPods etc.)
3. Microphone

Both the CD/USB player and mixer are rack mounted in a portable case for added flexibility.

Stage Layout – Download our Stage Plan here