Common Rooms

Type of space: Performance venue, Art Gallery, Community Hall, Dance Studio, Multi-use Space, Music Performance Venue, Music Rehearsal Space, Non Traditional, Photography and Film Location, Pop-up Space, Rehearsal Space, Residency, Theatre
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    Common Rooms consists of two spaces. The main room (Old Ballroom) is a performance space & bar that holds up to 170 patrons standing or around 90 seated theatre style. If you’re looking for somewhere to hold your one-off performance event (think comedy, cabaret, spoken word), DJ night, book launch, film screening or panel event, then this is the space for you. There’s also a second, more flexible space (the Annexe) that holds up to 70 people and is ideal for workshops, meetings, or rehearsals.

    Depending on the kind of event you want to run, we’ll set a hire fee based on either a door-split, per-ticket fee, flat venue-hire cost or minimum bar spend. When there’s shared risk (i.e. door splits) there will always be a minimum charge to ensure basic costs are covered. 

    The hire fee includes a dedicated venue staff member to assist you with making the event a success. A team member will discuss the appropriate hire model with you during the booking process.

    Tech

    The venue is fully kitted out for music and performance events (see full tech specs below). Each event will receive a basic tech set up (microphone and PA, aux cord to plug in a music device, pre-set lighting state) as part of the venue hire cost. If you want to do anything fancy you’ll need to bring in your own technician to operate, or we can arrange one from our pool of extremely capable casual tech staff at an additional cost.

    Ticketing and Front of House

    As a rule, all tickets must be sold through the venue’s ticketing system. We’ll work with you to set your ticket prices and if there’s any special ticketing requirements. You’ll need to provide your own Front of House/door person to check tickets, and if you want to sell tickets at the door, you’ll be responsible for that too (we can always arrange for a venue staff member at an additional cost).

    Access and inclusion

    Common Rooms is committed to being a wholly inclusive and accessible venue. No more out-of-the-way goods lifts! Trades Hall’s recent renovations means the entire venue is accessible, with a brand-new platform lift from Lygon Street and an internal lift right near the entrance to the venue. Newly installed gender-neutral and accessible bathrooms are just down the hall. There’s also a hearing loop and portable wheelchair lift to make the stage accessible. To make sure your event is as accessible as possible, we’ll ask some questions at the time of booking that we’ll put on the event listing.

    Staging and Room Setup

    The capacity of the Old Ballroom depends on the set-up of the room: 66 cabaret seating; 80 mixed cabaret and theatre; 170 standing. The Annexe can fit 70 standing or approximately 30 seated. For most performances in the Old Ballroom the Annexe can be used as a backstage area and green room at no extra cost. The venue has 10x cabaret tables, 6x high bar tables and chairs and 100x theatre seats available to use. The size of the stage in the Old Ballroom is 6m wide x 2.4m deep x 600mm high. The stage can be expanded to 3.6m if necessary.

    Pricing Terms

    https://www.commonrooms.com.au/get-involved/use-the-venue

    PRICES ARE DEPENDENT ON USE & SPACE REQUIRED. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR DETAILS.

    Artistic Rehearsals, Industry Meetings and Residencies:

    Our spaces are available for free or for super cheap – subject to very limited availability on weekdays.

    General hire:

    Depending on the kind of event you want to run, we’ll set a hire fee based on either a door-split, per-ticket fee, flat venue-hire cost or minimum bar spend. When there’s shared risk (i.e. door splits) there will always be a minimum charge to ensure basic costs are covered.

    The hire fee includes a dedicated venue staff member to assist you with making the event a success. A team member will discuss the appropriate hire model with you during the booking process.

    Public Events:

    Common Rooms is open seven days for public events in any artform. We love one-off gigs, and we don’t program week-long seasons of work outside of Festival time. We have a top sound system, projector, screen, beautiful bar and more fancy moving lights than you can poke a stick at.

    Private Functions:

    We are available for private functions and events – weddings, parties, anything. Discounts for our mates in the Union movement.

    Special Requirements

    There are two spaces available at Common Rooms – the Old Ballroom (standing capacity 170, seated is 80-110) and the Annexe (standing capacity 70, seated is 30) – which can be booked separately or together.

    The venue is wheelchair accessible (including lift access to the stage) and has a hearing loop, and in keeping with our Trades Hall home, Common Rooms is a place where everyone is welcome.

    We support artists at all stages of their careers to develop and present their work. We encourage work by First Nations artists, artists who are Deaf or with a disability and other voices from the margins. We want to see as much female-led and gender non-binary-led work as possible.

    Lease Conditions

    The venue holds a 3am licence on all days except Sunday, which is licenced until 11pm.

    Banned Items:

    Trades hall is a heritage-listed building so there are a few items that we just have to say a hard no to. A full list will be provided in the venue hire contract but some important things to note are;

    No alteration will be made to the lighting or sound rig without the consent of the Venue Manager, no spirit stoves, candles, lamps or inflammable gas or spirits or petrol engines of any kind shall be bought onto the Venue premises. No smoking shall be permitted in the Venue or on stage (including e-cigarettes).

    Parking Notes

    There are a number of street car parks outside Trades Hall on Victoria Street, including an accessible parking bay. Lygon Street carpark is a short walk from Trades Hall – located at 204 – 218 Lygon Street.

    This space is suitable for CircusDanceExhibitionsFilmFilm LocationInstallationMeetingsMusic / SoundNew MediaOpenings/launchesPerformancePhotographyProject SpacePublic art installationResidencySpoken WordWorkshopsWriting

    Dimensions

    • Ceiling Height Various
    • Max. Capacity 170

    Accessibilty

    For audience
    • Accessible toilet

    • Audio description booth

    • Bold signage

    • Caption options

    • Close seating

    • Disabled parking

    • Drop-off point

    • Entrance lift

    • Entrance ramps

    • Flexible layout

    • Hearing loops

    • Public transport

    • Seating for vision impaired

    • Smooth ground surface

    • Suitable emergency exits

    • Suitable lighting

    • Wheelchair accessible

    • Wide hallways / entrance

    For performers
    • Accessible stage door

    • Arriving / exiting ramp

    • Audio description booth

    • Flexible environment in dressing room

    • Lifts to stage

    • Performer disabled toilet

    • Performer ramps

    • Ramps on/off stage

    • Reachable door handles

    • Smooth ground surface

    • Suitable emergency exits

    • Suitable lighting

    • Suitable signage

    • Suitable telephone/communication

    • Video system for capture

    • Visual monitors

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