As the COVID-19 pandemic took its hold across the world, The Congress Theatre, like all other theatres in the UK were immediately closed to the general public. The management have since been looking for ways to utilise the theatre in creative ways and were really excited when Green Room Events offered their services almost immediately. We had a chat about potential collaborations and came up with the ‘virtual studio’.
Utilising the auditorium floor once the seats had been pushed back, the studio space is 14m x 7m and can accommodate up to a 12-piece band under current social distancing guidelines. We believe The Congress Virtual Studio is the perfect way to showcase your performance by live stream and recording, in a professional theatre setting: the only one of its kind in South Wales!
Each performer will have at their disposal, professional sound engineers, stage lighting and live stream technicians. We will stream your performance from the Congress Theatre YouTube channel, but your show can be broadcast to a variety of platforms, simultaneously: Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Twitch, Instagram, Periscope to name a few. We can also embed our widget to include on your website!
Our live streaming quality is high, linked directly into the local council’s gigabit fibre line, and backed up by 4G. Picture quality output is Full HD. We have 8 cameras for live streaming; 4 robotic, 1 wide shot, 1 upshot and two at the back of the performance area, further technical information can be found on the Technical Spec page.
The Congress Theatre was opened by the Duchess of Kent on the 19th October 1972. It was built as a multipurpose hall and so lacked the facilities of a conventional theatre. Hosting events such as Celebrity lectures, union meetings and local tribunals.
In 1974 the entire building was closed to be revamped and modified to incorporate greater facilities to enable a wider range of entertainment it reopened in 1975 as the Congress Theatre with a 306 auditorium capacity, dressing rooms and theatrical lighting.
In 1992 the Congress Theatre was threatened with closure by the local Council and a group of theatre enthusiasts formed a committee to take over the running of the Theatre. Thus in April 1993 the Congress Theatre Co. (which is a registered Charity No. 1132687) was formed and that is how it is today.
The Congress Theatre generates most of its revenue from Theatre Hire. It is also supported by grants from Torfaen County Borough Council, Cwmbran Community Council, Cwmbran Shopping, Croesyceiliog & Llanyravon Community Council.