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London Eye to shipping container in Australia: 5 quirky performance venues

Mumbai may be space-starved for performances. But it can learn from these quirky spaces around the world

HT48HRS_Special Updated: Dec 01, 2016 15:49 IST
The London Eye,Mumbai,Lily Allen
The London Eye has hosted music performances (Photo: Khamtran/Wikipedia Commons)

1) The London Eye, UK

The 32 capsules on this popular tourist attraction occasionally double up as entertainment spaces. In 2013, the Red Bull Academy converted it into a nightclub (and streamed it live), with artists like Lily Allen and Mark Ronson performing.

Read: Mumbai’s eateries, pubs and libraries turn into performance spaces

Princes Street Gardens was a venue for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2012 (Photo courtesy: Commons)

2) Princes Street Gardens, UK

This public park, in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, was one of the venues for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2012. The move to take acts out of the theatre was motivated by the fact that with more than 20,000 performers in town, traditional spaces were available at a premium.

The technical rehearsal of the play, You Love It, at Testing Grounds (Photo courtesy: Candy Cooper/Zone4/

3) Testing Grounds, Australia

The container stage in South Bank, Australia is a 4mx6m shipping container equipped with basic lighting, a mirror ball and electricity. It is available for creative and education-related activities. 40 folding chairs are available for the seating audiences.

The Theatre of Small Convenience hosts dramas and operas (Photo courtesy:

4) The Theatre of Small Convenience, UK

A Victorian gentleman’s lavatory has been converted into a 12-seater theatre in Worcestershire, England. The smallest theatre in the world (as per the Guinness Book of Records 2002), the space hosts drama, storytelling, even opera.

Streb SLAM is a gathering spot for gymnasts (Photo:

5) Streb SLAM, USA

The venue is a former loading facility for a mustard company. While it preserved the space’s dimensions and character, it was turned into a multipurpose space. SLAM is a gathering spot for dancers, gymnasts and circus performers. It is open to the public all the time.