Thank you for your interest in bringing your production to The Ropetackle.

The venue is a great, intimate space which is perfect for Music, Cabaret, Film, Theatre and other events.

The room is incredibly versatile and the capacities are:

  • 350 Standing
  • 220 Seated for Theatre / Spoken word / Film / Stand Up Comedy
  • 200 Seated for Music events
  • 160 for Children’s Theatre
  • 96 In the Round
  • 72 Thrust
  • Get In is usually from 4pm for an 8pm performance.
  • The venue is staffed by 1 x house technician throughout. They can operate either sound / lights.
  • The stage is made of decking and is set at 60cm high x 6m wide x 3m deep.  It can be extended to 5m deep.
  • There is a black skirt across the front.
  • Height to grid from stage: 340cm
  • There is 13amp power available throughout the venue.
  • All lighting is on fixed LX bars with 15amp outlets.

Sound Equipment

Mixing Console

  Midas M32 32 Mic/Line channels, Up to 16 Auxilary sends
Midas DL32 Stagebox 32 Mic/Line channels, Up to 16 Auxilary sends

Amplifiers and Speakers

 2 RCF TT22A speakers 750 watt (flown from lighting rig)
 2 RCF TTS18A sub bass speakers 1000 watt




RCF 310A 350 watt active speakers

DAS Audio Vantec 12A


  1 Shure beta 58
  5 Shure SM58
  3 Shure SM57
  1 ShuShure beta 52
  2 AKG C1000
  1 Sennheiser Handheld radio mic
  1 Sennheiser Lapel radio mic
  2 BSS AR133 DI boxes
  4 Studio Spares DI boxes
  9 tall mic stands
  5 short mic stands

 Record and Playback

  1 M  Marantz DVD4610 DVD player
  1 Tascam CDA500 CD and cassette player
  1 Tascam MD350 Mini disc recorder


  1 ETC Smart Fade ML lighting console
  8 Zero88 Betapack3 6 channel dimmers, total of 48 channels
  4 LED 4 channel Pars
  6 Rama Fresnel 1200 watts
  7 Acclaim Fresnel 650 watts
  7 Source 4 Junior profile 575 watts
Some standard gel and colour frames are available


 1 Panasonic 7k projector
 1 Cinema Screen, 305cm x 229cm

Orchestral Equipment

 1 Upright Piano
Music Stands


 2 Tecpro SMH210 headphones and headsets


10 Black house borders (around venue not on stage)
Full blacks across upstage.

Stage Equipment

 1  A frame ladder
 2 Stage access steps from either side (by arrangement)
 2 Black stage flats with braces
 1 Lectern



 1  Kramer VGA to Ethernet(Cat 5) converter


Dressing Room

There is 1 x dressing room available equipped with a shower, mirrors, lights, iron and board, fridge, kettle and microwave.

Load in and Parking

The load-in is adjacent to stage. There is flat access into the room.

Vans (splitter size and smaller) can be parked in the public car park 25 metres from the venue. It is pay to park but not very expensive and there are no time restrictions.

Smaller vehicles can park over the bridge but a height barrier is in place.

Larger vehicles must be parked elsewhere.

Health and Safety

You and each member of your team must take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourselves and all other people who may be affected by the work you do at Ropetackle during your occupancy. You must comply with the Duty Manager / House Technician’s instructions concerning health and safety. In particular, you must adhere to the venue’s procedures for the safe use of electricity and substances potentially hazardous to health.

Every company will be required to provide a copy of their current Public Liability Insurance along with a complete Production Risk Assessment for the production and submit it to the Centre Manager before gaining access to the venue.

For Pyro / Smoking / Fire / Lasers / Hypnotism / Weaponry / Naked Flame, Ropetackle requires at least 28 working days’ notice for local authority permissions. Please supply full RAM’s with notification.

For a full production visit, please email

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    Josie C
  •   Just returned from our first visit to this place to see a band. The refreshment prices were good for a venue, half the price of places like the o2 or... read more

    Marc H
  •   Have been to several shows at Ropetackle Arts Centre. Plenty of variety for all tastes. It is great that you can sit in the comfort of a table and chair... read more

  •   A great local venue, always something on that appeals to all people. Lovely to have a local arts venue and not to have to go to Brighton

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  •   A great local venue, always something on that appeals to all people. Lovely to have a local arts venue and not to have to go to Brighton

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  •   Recently moved to Shoreham, and it’s lovely to have an arts centre. There are lots of activities and the cafe provides a friendly central hub. We have attended several... read more