E15 Clifftown Theatre & Studios Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Infinitely flexible floor and combat studio

An empty United Reform Church in Southend-on-Sea with meeting rooms offered an opportunity for the E15 Acting School of University of East London to relocate.

East 15 Acting School, Nelson Mews, Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
East 15 Acting School, Essex, UK.
Thomas Ford & Partners

E15 Clifftown Theatre & Studios




E15 Clifftown Theatre & Studios Conception

Working with conservation architects Thomas Ford, AMPC proposed a modular floor which could be raised to any height for experimenting with theatre forms which included those for circus acts as well as drama.

E15 Clifftown Theatre – 01




Anne and her team took time to understand our brief and explored a number of options for the centre to ensure that we had a highly flexible space that has served us well, in all its formats.

East 15 Acting School, Essex, UK.

Professor Leon Rubin

E15 Acting School

E15 Clifftown Theatre & Studios Gestation

AMPC collaborated with the design team to provide two side lighting galleries along the church nave which give high level access to the production lighting & sound. The overhead motorised lighting bars provide technical flexibility.

E15 Clifftown Theatre & Studios Birth

The transformed church offers a highly flexible performance space for 200 seats with a myriad of formats plus inspirational combat studios within the modest church detailing.

Activities, shows & life of the project

Students have been given endless possibilities that they have exploited to the full since the opening in 2010. The department has developed its reputation for experimental design and successful students.