The Platform Theatre complex at Central Saint Martins comprises four performance spaces and a bar. It’s constantly forging new partnerships between our students and the industry, nurturing collaborations across all disciplines.
It includes a flexible 350 seat theatre with a full range of facilities including lights, sound, AV projection and a 40 fly bar, double purchase flying system. It is the main public performance space for the Performance Programmes. The theatre is licensed for public performances and commercial/corporate events, and is equipped with 158 dimmable lighting circuits, a large selection of theatre lanterns, an ETC Ion lighting board and Roland M-300 sound mixing desk.
The Platform Theatre has seen students produce large performance staged productions, collaborative dance events, film and video presentations and experimental video projection performances.
The main events we hold are the students’ public performances, mostly from the Performance Programme, but we have also hosted events for MA Graphic Communication Design, BA Fine Art, BA Fashion, Research and MA Narrative Environments. The Performance Programme’s public performances employ directors and set, costume, lighting and sound designers from the industry. The focus is on acting excellence but we make these shows as professional and engaging as possible.
We also host completely independent external events, including arts festivals like the London International Mime Festival, Dance Umbrella and the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT). We often collaborate with our Innovation and Business team to host corporate events like the Future of Retail conference for WPP, the world's largest advertising and public relations company.
We like to think this not just a theatre and a bar, but a creative hub for new collaborations, partnerships and activities. It’s a valuable resource for Central Saint Martins students and graduates and a springboard into the professional world.