Hanger Farm Arts Centre is a community arts centre and social enterprise of Minstead Trust. The development of this state-of-the-art building has seen the magnificent rejuvenation of a derelict 18th century barn into a multi-purpose arts centre. The centre provides a vibrant and exciting arts facility for the local community.
With a range of top class facilities, including an impressive main theatre space and auditorium, a gallery/rehearsal room and a stylish foyer, bar and box office area, the centre is available for hire, offering space for performances, exhibitions and meetings. The theatre space is flexible, with a sprung dance floor and retractable seating to accommodate all styles of performance. Hire of the theatre for productions includes full use of our backstage area and dressing rooms.
We continue to make improvements to all our performance areas. This involves regular acquisitions of equipment and staging materials. Due to this, technical specification will be subject to continual change. This all contributes to improving the facilities we are able to offer to your company. To ensure that you are fully aware of what is on offer, once you have confirmed your booking, we will strive to keep you updated on any changes.
As a Grade II listed building it is important that all companies adhere to our policies on using the space. Ultimately these facilities all contribute to providing a unique performance space.
Can we come and have a look?
We advise all companies wanting to visit the centre to book in advance by phoning the Centre Co-ordinator. Any specific questions for the Management relating to your production can be answered by contacting the centre directly.
What does Hanger Farm provide?
Hire of the theatre includes access to and use of stage area, dressing rooms and auditorium. We also have a gallery space, which can be booked in addition to the main space. Use of this area for exhibitions, meetings and rehearsals will need to be specifically arranged with the Programmes Co-ordinator.
Is the equipment included in the price?
The hire fee includes use of sound and lighting equipment already on site (see Technical Information & Regulations and General Equipment List). Any additional or specialist equipment you may require can be hired through the centre by prior arrangement. Please note that there will be an additional charge for the sourcing of equipment; this will be reflected in the overall hire charge.
If your hire is without technical assistance then there will be no technical presence at your event/ production or access to any of the Hanger Farm technical equipment.
Who operates the equipment?
Sound and lighting equipment can only be operated by the Centre unless prior arrangements have been made to the satisfaction of the centre. The technical box is off limits to all personnel unless special permission is granted by the Centre.
The Centre will oversee technical arrangements when required – dates and times must be stated when booking.
How long can we stay?
With Hanger Farm used during the daytime as a teaching facility, arrangements for your time at the centre must be adhered to. Please ensure when making your booking that your hire time is adequate for all your preparations, the actual event and for the clearing up afterwards. The centre has the right, at its own discretion, to charge for extra hours outside the times stated on the contract. Should you need to extend the hours beyond those times specified, prior arrangement must be made with the Centre Co-ordinator.
Visiting companies are required to remove from the theatre all of their equipment, scenery, costumes and props on the night of their last performance. Failure to do so on departure may result in them being thrown away or a charge being administered for storage. The centre does not have the facilities to dispose of unwanted scenery and other items, and companies are required to take everything with them. If you have a valid reason for not being able to conduct a full get-out on the night of your last show, arrangements must be made with the centre in advance of programmed performance dates, in order to arrange for a suitable time to do so.
The stage area is surrounded by a number of wooden beams. Under no circumstances should anything to be fixed or attached to the beams as they are protected under the heritage listing.
For stage marking please use PVC/LX tape only. Gaffa tape can be used for running cables, with prior permission.
Special effects comprising use of pyrotechnics, gun-effects, naked flames and smoke/ haze must be authorised by the centre before use. Permission to use pyrotechnic effects and naked flames must be applied for and received from the local authority. Advance notification therefore is required if these effects are needed. Please refer to The Technical Information and Regulations.
It is your responsibility to ensure that your staff and any children using the space do not touch any equipment, plugs or sockets, unless granted permission to do so by arts centre staff. Sockets and items of equipment are switched on or off for a reason. If you think that something is irregular, please notify the theatre staff.
No unauthorised persons (including friends and relatives) are allowed backstage at any time. Authorised personnel are allowed access only on the dates and during the hours specified in the contract/ booking.
No unauthorised persons are allowed in the technical box, box office, and kitchen or behind the bar unless prior arrangement has been made.
Companies are requested to keep a Stage Door Register listing all cast and crew present for the production. They must sign in and out of the building as necessary. This will assist the fire warden in the event of an evacuation.
The auditorium must be cleared of people, rubbish and all other items half an hour before the performance is due to start or as and when required by arts centre staff.
Do not use tape or glue to secure equipment/posters etc. to any part of the auditorium/foyer i.e. carpets, walls, ceiling etc. unless authorised by centre staff. We are a listed building and have conservation regulations that apply to us that may not apply in other theatres you have worked in before.
Please do not put feet or shoes on any part of the seating in the auditorium.
Please be aware that audience access to the left hand side of the theatre is by automatic door. Controlled by a push button, there is a short delay before the door opens making this side of the theatre difficult to use as an exit for actors. If actors need to exit via the audience rather than to backstage, the stage left/ audience right side of the auditorium bleacher seating is advised.
All entrances, exits and fire exits, either on stage, backstage or in the auditorium, must be kept clear of all items, including bags, costumes, props and scenery as this can cause a severe fire hazard.
Please ensure all gangways are kept clear of equipment, cables, tripods etc. Unmanned tripods are not permitted in any aisle or gangway.
If costume changes are to be made in the backstage area or side wings then all clutter must be kept as tidily as possible. These areas are emergency exit routes during an evacuation and must be kept clear.
Safety and security
Hanger Farm has a RedCare connected fire alarm system. The centre holds all necessary licences and certification to enable us to function as a performance venue.
Hanger Farm operates a strict health and safety policy. A copy of the risk assessment for the centre is available on written request.
The centre withholds the right to refuse the use of equipment that is deemed unsafe. If you are building your own scenery/props, or bringing your own sound/lighting equipment, please ensure it is safe to use. You must be able to present a current PAT test certificate for all appliances. Any set and drapes brought into the centre must be treated with flame retardant.
Written confirmation that the above requirements have been met must be signed by your production manager and logged with the centre before either set or equipment may be used in the theatre space.
Television receiving equipment must not be brought into the theatre as we do not hold a current TV Licence.
PRS for Music
If you intend to play recorded music before, after or during your event you must declare this to the Centre Co-ordinator along with a copy of the programme of music to be used. All PRS for Music charges for the event will be passed on to the Hirer. See Conditions of Hire for more details.
Productions and events involving children on stage must have an adequate provision of chaperones to ensure their welfare at all times. Children under 16 must be supervised and there must be at least one chaperone to every 12 children. The licensing of children as defined in The Children (Performances) Amendment Regulations 2000 is the sole responsibility of the Visiting Company, any irregularities in the provision of adequate supervision will be reported by Hanger Farm Arts Centre management to the relevant authorities.
Smoking is prohibited in the centre and on the surrounding site. If any members of your company smoke, please speak to the Centre Staff about safe areas for this.
No food or drink is to be taken on to the stage area. If food or liquid is to be used on stage during the performance please discuss this with the Centre prior to the event.
Chewing Gum is not encouraged but we ask please that it be disposed of carefully and respectfully.
Mobile phones must be switched OFF during performances and at any other times required by the theatre staff.
We are continually updating the theatre space, in terms of the equipment and resources available. As a result we will strive to advise you of any changes which may affect your use of the venue.
Damage, loss and breakages
All equipment in the building is the property of Hanger Farm Arts Centre and Minstead Trust. Any breakages will be charged to your company. This includes deliberate damage or vandalism to any area of the site.
All items brought into the centre are your responsibility. No liability will be held by Hanger Farm Arts Centre or Minstead Trust for any items that go missing or are damaged.
Here is a downloadable version of the Hiring guidelines.