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Venue Hire Information

This page provides information about the Forge Theatre Auditorium and its technical specifications, The McKean Room and the Venue Hire fees and charges.

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Forge Theatre Auditorium

The Forge Theatre is a Proscenium Arch Theatre with a thrust forestage as well as an orchestra pit and a seating capacity for 364 patrons. The venue is most suited to music and drama performances as well as seminars and conferences.  The auditorium also regularly hosts local dance school and musical theatre performances.

The auditorium is equipped with professional quality lighting system and full range PA system to ensure your event looks and sounds its best.

Backstage there are two large dressing rooms which can accommodate up to 20 people each and include toilet and shower facilities together with illuminated dressing tables and mirrors.

Our Forge Theatre technical staff are experienced in all facets of production and are eager to ensure your event is the best it can be.

Download our technical specifications here: Forge_Theatre_Technical_Specifications_-_CURRENT.pdf

Download our Theatre stage plan here:Forge_stage_plan_with_dimensions.pdf

Download our Auditorium seating plan here:Forge_Theatre_Seating_Layout.pdf
Download our standard lighting rig plan here: Standard_Rig_as_of_November_2015.pdf

Need more Technical information?

Contact our Head Technician Benn Sargood

E: bens@egipps.vic.gov.au     P: 0427 225 062


McKean Room

The McKean Room is a small multi-purpose carpeted room with black curtained windows and dimmable lighting which can accommodate up to 40 people depending on your set up requirements.  The room is equipped with tables and chairs to suit various arrangements such as Theatre Style, Boardroom Style and Classroom Style.  The McKean room is suitable for meetings, presentations, workshops, training sessions, small conferences and intimate performances as well as drama and music classes.  Equipment including data projector, screen, microphones, small PA system and whiteboard can be supplied for an additional charge.

The McKean room can also be utilised as a breakout room for conferences.

Need more information?

Contact our Operations Officer Arn Maree Jenkins

E: arnmareej@egipps.vic.gov.au     P: 03 5153 9642  / 0409 549 453


Booking a Venue

To book either the Forge Theatre Auditorium or the McKean Room please contact the Forge Theatre Operations Officer Arn Maree Jenkins

E: arnmareej@egipps.vic.gov.au     P: 03 5153 9642 / 0409 549 453

Hire Fees and Charges

The Forge Theatre and Arts Hub offers affordable and competitive rates. East Gippsland Shire Council also provides generous discounts for Community Not for Profit organisations and Schools.

Download our Hire Fees and Charges sheets:





* Fees and charges increase on 1st July each year. Contact us for the applicable rates relating to the date of your hire.




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