TEMPORARY THEATRE (SHED)
As a result of the year-long refurbishment of the Cottesloe Theatre during 2013, the National Theatre built a temporary theatre on the area in front of the building which was previously the site of its open-air summer festival of theatre, “Watch This Space”. The Shed, as it was known for the first year, operated throughout the Dorfman’s refurbishment and will remain in situ for several years.
Haworth Tompkins and Charcoalblue designed the new 250- seat auditorium in close collaboration. We worked together to ensure that the space was as low-energy, sustainable and recyclable as possible, in recognition of its initial oneyear lifespan. The design was developed to create a tightlyfocused three-sided playing area with a small fixed balcony, internal performer/audience circulation and the possibility of in-the-round and flat-floor formats by the addition or removal of blocks of seating.
Charcoalblue’s involvement led to a highly innovative sustainable approach to the design, making use of natural ventilation, LED theatre lighting fixtures, stage floor and galleries constructed from reusable modular panels, and seating taken from the old Cottesloe Theatre.
"You've not only delivered a technically flexible, efficient and immensely practical working theatre, but also one that has without doubt captivated all of those who have been lucky enough to work in and watch productions within it."
Chris McDougall - Technical manager, NT Shed
- 2014 Civic Trust Awards (Pro Tem Special Award for an exemplar project) Winner