The Maribor Puppet Theatre is located in the renovated Minorite Monastery on Lent. The renovated spaces, no longer in a sacral, military or residential function, provide premium support for collaborative artistic creation of puppetry, related performing and musical content.
The Great Hall is located in the inner courtyard of a former monastery complex. It is surrounded by a two-storey cloister.
The placement of the stage on the west side of the former monastery courtyard is crucial for the spatial concept of the theatre within the former cloister. The stage tower carries cantilevered roofs over the outdoor and indoor auditoriums so that the stage machinery can be used for performances both in the hall and outdoors. Covered monastery courtyard serves as the main hall. The main hall parterre with technical booths allows various uses.
The Small Hall is located on the first floor of the northeast corner of the former monastery complex.
It is intended for smaller performances that require closer contact between the audience and performers. On the ceiling, we can admire the reconstruction of stuccowork, which was discovered during the renovation.
The Auditorium, located in the former monastery garden, shares the stage with the Great Hall by opening a metal curtain. The stage is suitable for music, theatre and dance performances and the outdoor grandstand, above which a mighty oak tree stands, can seat 520 viewers.
The Auditorium has a cantilevered roof and it is designed as a symmetrical response to the roof over the inner courtyard of the monastery, i.e. over the closed part of the theatre. The roof also carries the lighting equipment of the venue.
The main access to the Auditorium is from the north side via Vojašniški trg (Barracks Square). The emergency exit is the southern staircase towards the Drava river, and the service access is a narrow passage to the side stage in the Great Hall. The connection between the main entrance, the venue and the accompanying spaces is accessible for all users.
In the Auditorium also grows the oldest oak tree within the old city centre.
The Minorite Church
The space measuring 360.60 square meters with a capacity of 200 people is accessible through the main entrance on the west and the entrance on the north side of the building. The latter is accessible for people with physical disability.
The Minorite Church mainly hosts events with an emphasis on music and sound, with the aim to create greater recognisability of the venue. The key aspects that determine the content of the space are its acoustics and the absence of stage equipment.
The Minorite Church is not an autonomous venue, as it uses the box office, cloakrooms and toilets in the premises of the Maribor Puppet Theatre. The space is not intended for continuous or permanent use, but for projects, which are determined according to the schedule of the theatre at the beginning of the season. Implementation support for projects is offered by studios in the attic of the puppet theatre. Their use is also defined by a coordinated schedule of current content.
Exhibition grounds in the basement of the Minorite Church
In plans, the space is divided into four parts, but from the point of view of use, it is comprehensive and has a total area of 199.94 square metres. It has a capacity of 20 people. It is accessible through the Time Window on the ground floor of the theatre and via two staircases from the ground floor of the Minorite Church. It is not autonomous, as due to limited accompanying facilities and transmission of sound, the simultaneous use of the ground floor of the church, the basement and theatre
halls is not possible.
The exhibition grounds are accessible for people with physical disability only if accompanied by at least two authorised persons. The exhibition grounds are primarily intended for a permanent archaeological exhibition and occasional exhibitions on a modest scale, as well as for such spatial installations, but also for smaller and technically undemanding performances.
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