CAST in Doncaster is a key element of the MUSE Waterdale Masterplan for a Civic and Cultural Quarter in the heart of the city. CAST provides a creative toolbox designed to respond to the desire of a younger and more vibrant community to create, participate in and watch a broad range of new and exciting work.
Along with ArtsTeam, Charcoalblue were involved in the development of the scheme since the feasibility in 2007, and advised on theatre planning issues, specialist stage engineering, stagelighting and audiovisual systems. CAST has replaced the Doncaster Civic Theatre. An extensive period of consultation with the Civic theatre staff enabled the team to tailor the building to meet the needs of the end users whilst responding to the wider objectives of the brief.
CAST comprises a series of very different performance spaces incorporating a broad range of technical systems including an egg-crate grid in Space 1 and a manually operated counterweight flying system in Space 2. The venue was specifically designed to allow for technical upgrading as funds become available, with provisions made for items such as the change-over to power-flying and the introduction of an electro-acoustic enhancement system