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Theatre On The Fly / Assemble

Theatre On The Fly / Assemble

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  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012

Text description provided by the architects. Assemble designed and built an experimental temporary venue for a season of new plays at Chichester Festival Theatre, in the open parkland surrounding Powell & Moya’s Grade II listed Chichester Festival Theatre.

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It was commissioned by the theatre as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations, and hosted a full season based around three new plays, one by each of the theatre’s apprentice directors.

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Neither an indoor nor an outdoor theatre, Theatre on the Fly provided a space capable of both intimate performances and wide dramatic productions that extended into the surrounding parkland. The design of the theatre was inspired by the machinery of the flytower, a theatrical device used for the hoisting and lowering of objects and scenery onto a theatre’s stage during a performance. Theatre on the Fly exposed these mechanisms which are normally hidden from view, giving the building an active role in each performance.

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Throughout the development process Assemble worked with Chichester’s Youth Theatre in a series of three weekend workshops which explored theatrical spaces around the world. Built by a group of volunteers whose ages ranged from 16 to 68, the design used accessible processes and economic materials to maximise the involvement of the theatre’s many supporters and create a generous space within a tight budget.

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Address: Chichester, Chichester, West Sussex, UK

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Cite: "Theatre On The Fly / Assemble" 18 Nov 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/777157/theatre-on-the-fly-assemble/> ISSN 0719-8884
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