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Cabaret Voltaire Fringe Venue 338   Bar Food WiFi
36-38 Blair Street. 0131 247 4704
Age Restrictions: 18+ Only
Cabaret Voltaire has been a Fringe venue for a number of years, and is now part of the Free Festival, with four performance spaces and a music/DJ stage spread over three floors its a busy and vibrant venue. It's located right in the centre of things, just of the Cowgate and seconds from the Royal Mile - close to the City Cafe, Tron, Caves and Free Sisters Venues.
Types of Performances possible at Cabaret Voltaire
Comedy Theatre Events and Tours Music Musicals and Opera Nightclubs Cabaret Chat Shows Spoken Word 
Cabaret Voltaire is a multi-room Fringe venue, located at the bottom of Blair street, just by the corner with the Cowgate. It is just over the road from the City Cafe, and Close to The Caves, and the Three sisters in the vibrant hub of venues along the Cowgate. The venue is also seconds down the hill from the the Royal Mile.

A new venue to the Free Festival in 2015, but not a new Fringe venue having had a number of promoters in the past, there has also been free shows there from another promoter in the previous few years.

There are four performance spaces in the basement of the venue: A large Main Stage for bigger shows, the Long Room which has two halves - and intimate space that can be expended. The Cinema room is a small 25 capacity space with a large screen, ideal for newer shows with AV. All these rooms run up until the nightclub opens at 10pm.

On the 1st floor there is an another room that runs all day, and there is also a space for music and DJs in the main ground floor bar and cafe area.

There may be the opportunity for to also expend into two additional performance spaces this or next year.

Performance Space: Main Room

Stage - Roughly 4m Wide & 2.5 m deep, raised to 6cm. Backstage up flight of stairs and entrance higher than stage itself. 

Seating - 120 Seated, with room for standing at the rear.

Lighting - 4xPar Can to flood light the stage. More complicated lighting/fades can be used. 

Sound - 4 Channel Mixer, Cables for MP3 Player, 2 Mics, Cables and Mic stands. Performers own sound equipment can be added easily.

Audio Visual - There is a projector screen, but no projector. A cradle can be added to the lighting bar, but projectors must be taken down at the end of the day.

Storage - There is a very small storage area for equipment up two flights of stairs, shared between all rooms at this venue.

Bar - There is no bar in this room.

There are three rooms with temporary patricians in the basement, including this one. These will be sound proofed as much as possible, but there will be a little sound bleed between the three room. The venue owner says this is minimal, and on testing of rooms with no patricians, this was indeed the case.

Performance Space: Long Room

Stage - Roughly 2m Wide & 2 m deep (corner stage) raised to 6cm. No backstage or wing space but performers can exit/enter the room by the main door if needed, or use areas at the back of the room away from the audience.

Seating - Capacity 60 seated, with room for some standing. Once full extended area can be used, with a further 15 seats and room for 20 standing (with good sight light, more can be fitted in but view will be hindered)

Lighting - 2xPar Can to flood light the stage.

Sound - 4 Channel Mixer, Cables for MP3 Player, 2 Mics, Cables and Mic stands. Performers own sound equipment can be added easily.

Audio Visual - There is no AV in the room. Projectors can also be used easily if brought by performers, and placed on the end sound desk.

Storage - There is a very small storage area for equipment up two flights of stairs, shared between all rooms at this venue.

 Bar - There is a bar in the room that can be opened or closed during performances.

There are three rooms with temporary patricians in the basement, including this one. These will be sound proofed as much as possible, but there will be a little sound bleed between the three room. The venue owner says this is minimal, and on testing of rooms with no patricians, this was indeed the case.

Performance Space: Cinema Room

Stage - Small flat area, roughly 1m deep and 2m - door by stage where acts can enter/exit and audience door further back. (exit into bar area)

Seating - Capacity 18 seated, with room for 7 people standing.

Lighting - 1xPar Can to flood light the stage.

Sound - 2 Channel Mixer, Cables for MP3 Player, 1 Mic, Cables and Mic stand. Performers own sound equipment can be added easily, but be warned the space is tight.

Audio Visual - There is a large 50" LCD screen behind the backdrop that can be used. Perfect small room for shows with video.

Storage - There is a very small storage area for equipment up two flights of stairs, shared between all rooms at this venue.

Bar - There is no bar in the room.

There are three rooms with temporary patricians in the basement, including this one. These will be sound proofed as much as possible, but there will be a little sound bleed between the three room. The venue owner says this is minimal, and on testing of rooms with no patricians, this was indeed the case.

Performance Space: Upstairs

Stage - Roughly 2m Wide & 1 m deep on the flat. There is a small area in bay window behind the backdrop for props.

Seating - Capacity 23 seated, with room for 7 people standing.

Lighting - 1xPar Can to flood light the stage.

Sound - 2 Channel Mixer, Cables for MP3 Player,1 Mic, Cables and Mic stand. Performers own sound equipment can be added easily but the space is tight.

Audio Visual - There is no AV in the room. Projectors can be used but space is limited.

Storage - There is a very small storage area for equipment on the same floor shared between all rooms at this venue..

Bar - There is a bar in the room.

Cabaret Voltaire Images:

All rooms are in an Empty/Unrigged state as this is a new venue.

MAIN ROOM - From stairs to back stage. The patrician near the camera is moved during show. Further seating/standing on the raised area at the back. MAIN ROOM - from raised area at the back of room. Stage is behind silver patrician in the picture, this patrician  is removed for shows.
 
LONG ROOM - Stage area is in corner of room to left of picture, desk in image is sound desk, through arch is the extended seating/standing area. LONG ROOM - Picture From stage. Area through arch is the extended area.
LONG ROOM - View from Extended area, looking at the stage. CINEMA ROOM - View from stage. Additional seating is added between the cinema seats.
CINEMA ROOM - Looking at stage, one row of seats go in front of those in Picture. Large screen on wall.  Main Bar & Cafe Area
UPSTAIRS - Room is emptied, add backdrop window and back wall, theatre style seating added.  Outside the Entrance

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