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Term time: 8.30am - 9pm Monday - Friday during term times.

Vacations: buildings close at 5pm.

Drama students need their University Card to access the buildings after 5pm during term-time.

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Alexander Building

Alexander Building

Alexander Building

Alexander Building

Based at the Thornlea site, the Alexander Building is the main hub of the Drama Department at Exeter, and contains staff offices, rehearsal studios, teaching and meeting rooms and technical facilities. The Drama Department also has facilities in the White House at Thornlea and in Roborough Studios on the main campus, a short walk away.

Rehearsal spaces

TS1 and TS2 are the flagship spaces of the Alexander Building. Situated at the north end of the building on the ground floor, the studios offer a large flexible rehearsal or performance space. The key feature is a full height window overlooking the Hoopern Valley, and a semi-sprung maple wood dance floor. The spaces are adjacent to each other with excellent soundproofing and are overlooked by a discreet control room at high level. The two studios are identical in size.

For performance conditions (or on the rare occasions the weather is not so good outside) a double black curtain can shut out the daylight and transform the space into a black-box performance studio, or sometimes, the curtains can be left open to reveal the outside world to the audience.

Dimensions / Plans

Lighting

A state-of-the-art Strand Lighting EC21 dimmer rack serves both studios, each of which contains 48 hard-wired lighting sockets. A Zero 88 FLX or ETC Nomad controls the lighting from either the control room or anywhere in the space. The system is setup so that the rigs in both studios can be in use simultaneously.

See also the Technical Resources page for more lighting paperwork.

Projection

The studios are equipped with high resolution 5000 lumen data projectors, which are hung from the center of the lighting rigs and focused onto the outer walls. They are each connected to a HD video switcher, which can change inputs between PC/Mac, Bluray, DVD, VGA or the attached AirServers. The AirServers each allows wireless video/audio streaming from up to 8 simultaneously connected mobile devices / laptops. Wireless protocols include Airplay, Chromecast and Miracast.

By default, the projection systems are connected to Windows 10 laptops on equipment racks, which can be moved into any corner of the rooms, anyone can log into using their University credentials.

The laptops are equipped with Microsoft Office, VLC player etc for multimedia playback, and are connected to the University wi-fi system for registered users. Conference or workshop guests can log in to the Guest wifi system. The systems can also connect to one of the control room Macs for use during performances, seminars, workshops etc.

Sound

An audio-visual equipment rack is permanently in the space, containing Blu-Ray, DVD, CD, MP3 USB playback, along with a microphone connection and the possibility to connect an MP3 player / laptop and external mixing desk for more complex setups. For performances, sound is played back from either a Mac laptop in the space, or from an iMac in the adjacent control room. Both TS1 and TS2 have separate systems meaning both spaces can be running performances simultaneously.

Situated on the first floor of the Alexander Building, TS3 functions as a rehearsal, seminar and performance space. The sprung floor makes it ideal for physical and movement work.

A full blackout is possible and there are black curtains which surround the space, making it easy to transform into a performance space. 

Dimensions

Lighting

The stage lighting system has been recently updated with new dimmers (2018).
The previous system had been salvaged from the Washington Singer Studio which used to be the main performance space until Drama inherited Roborough in 1985. The dimmer racks which were removed in 2002 were built in the early 1970s by Thorn, and were the first example of affordable remotely-controllable electronic dimmers. Now, the lighting bars, dimmers and wiring are new and the dimmers have been repositioned just outside the studio door, rather than being in the roof above! There are 36 brand new dimmers connected to  15A outlets in the studio (see plan below). Control is by an ETC EOS system, or a Zero88 FLX.

In addition TS3 contains a dimmable worklight system, separate from the stage lighting system which allows all users to have more controllable light during normal rehearsal sessions.

Sound

Sound is played back from either a Mac laptop in the space, or from the iMac in the adjacent sound studio / control room. There are speaker outlets around the room enabling multiple configurations.

Projection

The studio is equipped with a high resolution 3500 lumen data projector, which is hung from the center of the lighting rig and focused onto the projection screen at one end of the studio. It is connected to a HD video switcher, which can change inputs between PC/Mac, Bluray, DVD, VGA or the attached AirServer. The AirServer allows wireless video/audio streaming from up to 8 simultaneously connected mobile devices / laptops. Wireless protocols include Airplay, Chromecast and Miracast.

By default, the projection system is connected to Windows 10 laptop on an equipment rack, which can be moved to either end of the room; anyone can log into using their University credentials.

The laptop is equipped with Microsoft Office, VLC player etc for multimedia playback, and is connected to the University wi-fi system for registered users. Conference or workshop guests can log in to the Guest wifi system.

Located on the first floor, adjacent to a large circulation & social space, these two rehearsal spaces are separated by a partition wall, which can be opened to create a single large event / meeting space.  
The woodblock floor and natural light make this a pleasant rehearsal space suitable for a range of uses. 

While a full blackout isn't currently available as standard, there are blinds on the windows which can cut down outside light sufficiently for most purposes.

TS4 & TS5 are each equipped with a 75inch LED screen on a movable trolley. There is a dedicated Windows 10 PC located on each trolley with a wireless keyboard and mouse. An automatic switching soundbar and subwoofer is also located on the trolley, which has Bluetooth audio capabilities. Each TV trolley also has an AirServer attached to Screen. The AirServer allows wireless video/audio streaming from up to 8 simultaneously connected mobile devices / laptops. Wireless protocols include Airplay, Chromecast and Miracast.

Dimensions

TS4 Dimensions: 9.1m long, 6.7m wide
TS5 Dimensions: 10m long, 6.7m wide, 3.13m high (to suspended ceiling)
TS4/5 Dimensions: 19.1m long, 6.7-10m wide

This space in the Alexander Building is suitable for up to 40 people (theatre layout) or 25 people (boardroom layout).

Dimensions: 7.5m x 7.2m (approx) (55.5sqm total)
Maximum occupancy: 40

SR1 is equipped with a 75inch LED screen on a movable trolley. There is a dedicated Windows 10 PC located on the trolley with a wireless keyboard and mouse. An automatic switching soundbar and subwoofer is also located on the trolley, which also has Bluetooth audio capabilities. The AV system also has an AirServer attached to Screen. The AirServer allows wireless video/audio streaming from up to 8 simultaneously connected mobile devices / laptops. Wireless protocols include Airplay, Chromecast and Miracast.

On the third floor of the Alexander Building complex, Seminar Room 2 is used for teaching, meetings and rehearsals. 

Dimensions: 8.2m long, 6.4m wide 
Maximum occupancy: 50

SR2 is equipped with a 75inch LED screen on a movable trolley. There is a dedicated Windows 10 PC located on the trolley with a wireless keyboard and mouse. An automatic switching soundbar and subwoofer is also located on the trolley, which also has Bluetooth audio capabilities. The AV system also has an AirServer attached to Screen. The AirServer allows wireless video/audio streaming from up to 8 simultaneously connected mobile devices / laptops. Wireless protocols include Airplay, Chromecast and Miracast.

Small tutorial / meeting rooms on the ground floor of the Alexander Building.

Dimensions: (27.28sqm)
Maximum occupancy: 20

GP1 & GP2 are each equipped with a 40inch LED screens attached to the wall and sound system. There is a dedicated Windows 10 PC attached to each system with a wireless keyboard and mouse. Each AV system also has an AirServer attached to Screen. The AirServer allows wireless video/audio streaming from up to 8 simultaneously connected mobile devices / laptops. Wireless protocols include Airplay, Chromecast and Miracast.

Computer facilities

A cluster of eight Windows PCs is available in the Alexander Building for Undergraduate students to use between classes or for writing and research.

There's a networked printer in the room which all of the computers can print to, and all students have Office365 accounts for email, online storage and a host of collaboration tools. 

The Postgraduate Computer Room in the Alexander Building is accessible 24 hours to postgraduate students of the Drama Department.

The Windows cluster PCs have Microsoft Office installed along with the usual internet applications.
Documents and other work can be stored on the OneDrive which is part of the Office365 suite of services which all students have access to. 

The computers can print to one of the networked printers around the building.

In addition, there are three iMac computers for video and multimedia editing.

All teaching spaces have a PC on the same networked system, so students and staff can log in to their workspace and retrieve files easily.

The Drama buildings have excellent wifi coverage, and you can connect easily using a laptop or mobile device.

Drama-specific computing facilities include two Sound Studios and a Multimedia Studio equipped with iMac computers with custom-written guide notes.

The Drama technical team provide support for all of the practical facilities and IT systems.

Virtual Tour

Join us on a virtual tour to explore our facilities online.

Additional facilities

Other facilities within the Alexander building include a costume store, prop store and workshop.

Parking

Unfortunately parking is not available for students. Visitors may park, subject to space being available, and must sign in at reception and request a visitors permit AND pay & display a ticket. The pay & display machine is next to the reception desk.