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Your chance to share a production or a presentation of department work with the public.

UCL Culture is proud to offer to its UCL colleagues the opportunity to access its prestigious Bloomsbury Theatre and Studio, an unique opportunity which few universities are able to offer to staff or students.

This opportunity allows UCL staff to promote their own or their student/departments academic work within an artistic environment and the associated professional event staff to support that activity.

This activity can take the form of public performances/events to the UCL community and/or public or non performance based private access to the space eg filming.

The purpose of these spaces is for artistic/performance based activity only, they are not teaching spaces.

Examples of previous UCL Departmental Usage inc:

Theatre:

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  • Annual Greek and Latin Classics play (UCL Departmental case study from the 2022 show here and a living history of the UCL Classics play at the Bloomsbury from 1987 to present day can be found here ). 
  • Comedy fundraiser for new equipment in the Neonatal unit at UCLH
  • Slade school showcase
  • "The Departmental Usage scheme gave students the unique opportunity to work with industry professionals on a real film set. Prior to this our course had been restricted to working in seminar rooms and lecture theatres - which aren't great spaces for filming! Working in the Bloomsbury Theatre gave us the option of a controlled environment in which students could work with professional lighting and camera equipment in a live environment with experienced technical theatre staff. Hiring a blackout studio can be phenomenally expensive, so to have the Theatre available for free and located on campus is a real privilege." UCL MFA Creative Documentary by Practice (April 2022)

  • "UCL Slade school of Art held a wonderful film premiere at the Bloomsbury theatre to celebrate 150 years of the Slade, this was only made possible by the UCL Departmental Usage scheme.  It gave the Slade an unique opportunity to showcase the amazing film and promote our work to a wider audience outside of a classroom setting.  Without this space we wouldn’t have had the engagement, celebration and involvement of the wider community.  We needed a venue that was able to showcase our work to dignitaries, experts, students, and public all in the same space.  It was a unique and special occasion, only made possible by having this venue available to us". UCL Slade150 (June 2022)

  • The UCL edition of the popular BBC Radio 4 quiz The 3rd Degree was recorded at the Bloomsbury Theatre featuring Dr Sophie Scott, (Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience) Dr Michael Sulu (Department of Biochemical Engineering) and John Mullan (Professor of English)and their students! - you can listen here

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  • Premier screening of a UCL Department's short film.
  • UCL SELCS "The Clown in Popular Culture" a day event of exploring Bloomsburys own Grimaldi the clown in relation to the Italian langauge with performances by leading artists and talks by Zippo circus owner Martin Burton. Open to students and public

If you are considering submitting an application it is strongly recommend that you contact the Venue and Commercial Hires Manager for an informal discussion prior to submission. 

All applications should be should be endorsed by a Head of Department and submitted by email to the Venue and Commercial Hires Manager e.frost@ucl.ac.uk .

UCL Departmental Usage FAQ

Applications for both spaces should consider how the proposed activity:

  • would be classed as performance based. 
  • would benefit from being undertaken within a performance venue setting. 
  • would promote the work and reputation of UCL to both internal and external audiences.
  • would involve the wider UCL community.
  • would offer students new and exciting opportunities for hands on learning beyond the traditional classroom setting and develop their skills and training

This activity is heavily supported (both financially and resource wise) by UCL Culture, meaning this Usage is offered either for free or at a substantially reduced hire rate.

There is the potential for associated/additional costs inc: any additional equipment hire, additional access hours, taxis for staff working between 23:00-09:00, additional staffing,damages etc. These fees will be charged via UCL Internal Departmental Transfer (IDT).

Usage dates must be between Monday - Saturday (excluding Bank Holidays and UCL College Closure days) and can be inside or outside of term time.

Access time can be up to 9 hours between 09:00 - 23:00 per day.

If the Usage includes issuing tickets then this must be via UCL Ticketing. If the tickets are sold for a monetary fee then there is also a 5.25% box office commission deducted from the final settlement. If the tickets are issued for free, then UCL Ticketing must still be the provider but there is no fee charged.

The offering and allocating of dates is at the discreetion of the Commercial Hires and Booking Manager. You must include details about your prefered date/s and/or times in your application eg Lunch time screening, evening event, morning filming.

If you are flexible then do include this eg a Monday in Term 1, 2 consecutive dates in June.

If your application is successful but your prefered date/s are unavailable, we will do our best to offer suitable alturnative dates, but this isnt guranteed.

The submitting of an application does not gurantee usage.

Application deadlines:

The application process for the Theatre for the next academic year will close on 30th May 2022 (submittions after this date will also be considered if there is still availability). 

There is no deadline for Studio appplications (but the further in advance you apply, the greater your chance of getting your prefered date/s)dates must be between Monday - Saturday (excluding Bank Holidays and UCL College Closure days) and can be inside or outside of term time.

Bloomsbury Theatre UCL Departmental Usage FAQ

The prestigious Bloomsbury theatre can seat up to 541 people with no social distancing and includes:

  • 2 public bars
  • an orchestra pit for up to 40 musicians
  • sprung dance floor
  • high quality cinema screen and projector.

UCL Culture allocates the equivalent of 4 weeks in each academic year to UCL Departmental Usage in the Bloomsbury Theatre.

Up to 2 technicians are included to support the activity.

The application process for the Theatre for the next academic year will close on 30th  April 2022 (submittions after this date will also be considered if there is still availability). 

Application forms can be found here and guidance here.

Bloomsbury Studio UCL Departmental Usage FAQ

A black box Studio theatre can seat up to 70 people with no social distancing and includes:

 

  • screen and projector
  • balck vinyl dance floor
  • mirrored wall for dance
  • 1 public bar

The Studio is available throughout the academic year, there is no limit on how many days it can be used by UCL Departmental Usage.

There is a daily fee of £150 for UCL Departmental Usage which is to be paid via UCL Internal Departmental Transfer (IDT).

 

Studio applications can be submitted at any time.

 

1 studio technican is included to support the activity.

 

There is no deadline for Studio appplications (but the further in advance you apply, the greater your chance of getting your prefered date/s).

 

Application forms can be found here and guidance here .

 

 


If you would like to create performances which combines UCL Research with professional artists as part of UCL Performance Lab in either the Theatre and/or Studio then please contact sylvia.harrison@ucl.ac.uk 

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