Darlington Civic Theatre
Interpretive planning and design
HLF Round 2 application completed November 2015, approved
Overall budget £12m – Interpretation budget £100k
In spring 2015 we won a competitive tender to provide interpretive design solutions for Darlington Civic Theatre, which is being restored and re-modelled to ensure its future feasibility and functionality as a modern receiving house. From an interpretive point of view, information has to be integrated into the function of the building without affecting its day-to-day operations, as well as linking to tours and an educational programme as well as engaging local audiences.
Interpretation proposals have been developed in coordination with the architectural design and the activity and conservation plans. Designs are specifically intended to be low maintenance and as such avoid technologies that require regular attention.
Interpretation will be integrated into all areas of the building. Moments of discovery, storytelling and
historical information will be encountered both front-of-house, such as in the café and bars, the promenades and circulation spaces,;and backstage, including dressing rooms and offices, as well as within the auditorium itself.
Interpretation designs are realised across both fixed, permanent displays and temporary and changeable media.