Theatres

Introduction


By Terry Childs, Founding Member & Group Chairman

From Braeburn's beginning back in 1979, we have always had a "thing" about the performing arts. What better activity could there be to build a child's confidence than to perform in front of their peers, parents...the world, on a proper stage in a proper setting?

The learned ability to project speech, learn lines and movements, to work as a team to create something from nothing is an invaluable part of a childs education. From the five year old playing a grade one piano piece in front of their parents (more nervous than the performer), to the same child 12years later, now a young adult, taking a bow after a masterful performance of a series of Scarlatti Sonatas. Wow!

Wherever it could, Braeburn has tried to provide that proper stage and that proper setting for our children (and others) to perform. Over our history we have built many performance centres in our schools. These have ranged from proscenium theatres with fly towers, computerised lighting, and effects, to smaller studio theatres and amphitheatres to suit different genres.

We feel these theatres belong to the wider community; audiences, actors, impresarios who need a venue for their latest creation- the list goes on. Our children come first, but all who want to watch, perform, create, and entertain are welcome.

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Theatres

Our theatres are available for third party hire at the discretion of Braeburn Management. For more information contact cecilia.shirima@braeburn.ac.ke

Theatre

LOCATION: Braeburn School, Gitanga Road, Lavington, Nairobi, Kenya.

Seating Capacity: 375

Description/ Features: A versatile proscenium theatre with stalls and a single gallery. The theatre has a fly tower, sophisticated lighting setup, multiple level orchestra pit and backstage facilities. The theatre is served by a large foyer area and has wheelchair access.

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The Austin Room

LOCATION: Braeburn School, Gitanga Road, Lavington, Nairobi, Kenya.

Seating Capacity: 112

Description/ Features: An intimate venue with steeply banked seats and excellent sight lines and acoustics. The theatre has small backstage facilities and an effective lighting setup.

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Braeburn Rooftop Open Air Theatre

LOCATION: Braeburn School, Gitanga Road, Lavington, Nairobi, Kenya.

Seating Capacity: 80

Description/ Features: A basic semi open air theatre setup on a fourth-floor rooftop. Steeply banked bench seating with excellent sightlines.

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Braeburn Garden Estate Theatre

LOCATION: Braeburn Garden Estate School, Garden Estate Road, Nairobi, Kenya.

Seating Capacity: 372

Description/ Features: A versatile proscenium theatre with stalls and a single gallery. The theatre has a fly tower, sophisticated lighting setup, orchestra pit and backstage facilities. The theatre opens out onto a garden area with ponds and lawns and has wheelchair access.

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Braeburn Garden Estate Performing Arts Centre

LOCATION: Braeburn Garden Estate School, Garden Estate Road, Nairobi, Kenya.

Seating Capacity: 152

Description/ Features: A intimate proscenium performance space with steeply banked seats, sophisticated lighting setup and backstage facilities. The theatre has large windows to allow for natural lighting when appropriate.

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Braeside Auditorium

LOCATION: Braeside School, Off Muthagari Road, Lavington, Nairobi, Kenya.

Seating Capacity: 376

Description/ Features: A large performance space with steeply banked seats, good lighting capability and a large stage. There are some backstage facilities.

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Podo Theatre

LOCATION: Braeburn Nanyuki International School, Nanyuki, Kenya.

Seating Capacity: 250

Description/ Features: A semi open air theatre with steeply baked bench seating, a multiple level performance space, backstage facilities, some lighting capability, and wheelchair access.

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Braeburn Arusha Amphitheatre

LOCATION: Braeburn International School Arusha, Kisongo, Arumeru District, Tanzania.

Seating Capacity: 500

Description/Features: An enclosed amphitheatre with some lighting capability and some backstage facilities.

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