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The Counting House Fringe Venue 170   Bar Food WiFi
38 West Nicolson Street. 0131 667 7533
Age Restrictions: All ages until 9pm, then 18+ only
A Free Festival venue since 2007, The Counting House is a popular and busy multi-room venue with four performance spaces. The venue forms a complex with the Blind Poet and Pear tree offering a busy, vibrant Fringe hub that is just across the road from Fringe central, and around the corner from The Gilded Balloon and Pleasance Dome
Types of Performances possible at The Counting House
Comedy Theatre Childrens Events and Tours Music Musicals and Opera Cabaret Spoken Word 
The Counting House is part of a complex of venues which including the Pear Tree and Blind Poet, making this a hub venue with four bars, six performance spaces plus food and an outdoor courtyard.

In the Counting house the Ballroom is the main room, and home to large Fringe productions and big name shows - and we will use a queuing system organised at the venue for evening shows to manage the large crowds, after a successful trial od this in 2015.

Numerous high profile shows have taken place at the venue, and it is a popular venue. The venue provides queue management and extra staff to help with audiences, with the venue manager being nominated by the performers as 'best person at the Fringe' in 2015 awards.

 As well as with the facilities The Counting House itself has a long Fringe history past even the Free Festival, previously being a Gilded Balloon venue, and hosting numerous shows including Eddie Izzard's final Fringe show.

The venue is located on West Nicolson Street, in the heart of the area of Edinburgh most associated with the Fringe, and is only a 2 minute walk from Fringe central, The Gilded Balloon, Assembly George Square, The BBC Venue, Pleasance Dome and Underbelly venues. It is also on the main route between those venues and the Pleasance Courtyard and many other smaller venues .

The venue is ideal for all types of performance, with a small intimate rooms for solo performers, and the larger and very grand ballroom for bigger names and larger productions.

Performance Space: The Ballroom

The Ballroom is located upstairs at the venue, alongside The Lounge performance space, and the Lounge Bar. It has a large high ceilinged room, with a covered dome in the centre - suitable for larger theatre productions and big comedy or cabaret shows. It has a large raised stage, and backstage area, making it the prime free room at the Fringe, with a better spec than many paid venues.

For large evening shows the venue provides queue management for this space, with a holding area downstairs and audiences brought in to the room, and escorted out at the end of each show. 

Stage - 4.5m x 2.5m raised Stage, 0.3m high. With large backstage area, and three entrances from backstage. High ceiling.

Seating - Capacity is 150 fully seated in rows, plus capacity for 30 people to stand at the back and sides of the room. We have got 200 in for some shows with people sitting on the floor and utilising utilising the area to the side of the stage - but that was a bit crowded!

Lighting - Lighting rig comprising of 8xLED Par Cans, 8xMulti Lighting. Each providing stage flood lighting, and colour washes, plus disco lighting effects. Several pre-programmed settings suitable for most productions, can be programmed for performances by technician (programming is chargeable or by your own staff using the software on our computer). Additional space is available for lighting supplied by groups if requied.

The stage in the BallroomSound - The room is supplied with an 8 channel mixer (4xXLR, 4xJack, 2xStereo Jack and USB Inputs). The room has 2xCD Players, 2xMicrophones, 2xmic stand and a cable for MP3 Players. Additional Sound equipment can easily be added to the sound booth.

Audio Visual - No AV equipment is available, but the room is ideally set-up for use with screens and projectors supplied by the performance group. 

Storage - There is a small amount of storage at the venue for props and equipment, in the a storage cupboard in the ballroom, or backstage (both shared with other groups)

Bar - There is no bar in the room. Both this room and The Lounge are both located off of the Lounge Bar, and in the evenings the queuing system lets audiences use the bar downstairs while waiting for the show.

loungeplan.jpg (14292 bytes)Performance Space: The Lounge

The Lounge is located upstairs, alongside The Ballroom and the Lounge Bar. It is a small and intimate performance space, ideally suited to solo stand-up and theatre performance.

Stage - A flexible corner raised stage area, with size dependent on seating layout.

Seating - Seating capacity is 45, with additional space for standing, giving a capacity of 55.

Lighting - 3xFixed Spotlights to Flood light the stage.

Sound - The room is supplied with an 4 channel mixer,  (2xXLR Mic inputs, 4xphono/Jack). The room has a cable for plugging in an MP3 player, 2xMicrophones and 2xMic stands. Any additional sound equipment can be supplied by performing companies and stored at the venue.

Audio Visual - No AV equipment is available, but the room is ideally set-up for use with screens and projectors supplied by the performance group.

Storage - There is a small amount of storage at the venue for props and equipment, in the a storage cupboard in the ballroom, or backstage (both shared with other groups). This would not be accessible during performances in the Ballroom.

Bar - There is no bar in the room, both this room and the Ballroom are located off of the Lounge bar.

loungeplan.jpg (14292 bytes)Performance Space: The Attic

The Attic is located on the 2nd floor, up a spiral staircase from the Bar area, and next to the Loft and Attic performance spaces. Ideally suited to solo performance in an intimate space. There is no backstage or wing space.

Stage - A small, flat floor stage, with audience on three side. Can be flexible and move seating. There is a small alcove backstage where the PA is, and can be used for props.

Seating - Seating capacity is 35, with additional space for standing to 40 - there is a partition in part of the room that standing audiences can watch through.

Lighting - 2xFixed Spotlights to Flood light the stage.

Sound - The room is supplied with an 4 channel mixer,  (2xXLR Mic inputs, 4xphono/Jack). The room has a cable for connecting an MP3 player, 2xMicrophones and 2xMic stands. Any additional sound equipment can be supplied by performing companies and stored at the venue.

Audio Visual - No AV equipment is available, this room is a bit small for productions needing projectors.

Storage - There is a small amount of storage space at the venue for props and equipment, in the a storage cupboard in the ballroom space. This would not be accessible during performances in the Ballroom.

Bar - There is no bar in the room, the bar is located down the spiral stairs.

loungeplan.jpg (14292 bytes)Performance Space: The Loft

The Loft is located on the 2nd floor, up a spiral staircase from the Bar area, and next to the Attic and Studio  performance space. Ideally suited to solo performance in an intimate space.

Stage - A small, flat floor stage, with audience on three side. Can be flexible and move seating. There is no space backstage or wing space.

Seating - Seating capacity is 35, with additional space for standing to 40.

Lighting - 2xFixed Spotlights to Flood light the stage.

Sound - The room is supplied with an 4 channel mixer,  (2xXLR Mic inputs, 4xphono/Jack). The room has a connection for an MP3 player, 2xMicrophones and 2xMic stands. Any additional sound equipment can be supplied by performing companies and stored at the venue.

Audio Visual - No AV equipment is available, this room is a bit small for productions needing projectors.

Storage - There is a small amount of storage at the venue for props and equipment, in the a storage cupboard in the ballroom space. This would not be accessible during performances in the Ballroom.

Bar - There is no bar in the room, the bar is located down the spiral stairs.

 

Counting House Images:

  The Ballroom - Audience ready for a show   The Ballroom - Audience seating from stage
The Ballroom - Janey Godley's show in full flow, with ceiling and done lighting effects.
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  The Ballroom - view from stage    The Ballroom - looking at the stage
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The Ballroom - Audience The Lounge - Audience seating from stage
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The lounge - Act on Stage 2015 The lounge - Act on Stage 2012
The Attic - Looking at Stage The Attic - Looking from Stage
The Loft - Looking at Stage The Loft - Looking from Stage
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The Pear Tree Outdoor Stage and Courtyard ComedySportz Performers in the Bar
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Outside Staircase up to the Lounge/Ballroom
Counting House Performers Party, end of Fringe 2014
 

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