The Box Office is the domain of the FoH Manager but require to be cleaned and have the floor painted. There are two cupboards in the Box Office, the one on the left “Cleaning Cupboard” contains cleaning supplies and the furniture for outside the building during the fringe, during the fringe alcohol tends to be kept there. The other “Box office Cupboard” contains the safe and old ticket books, it should be kept locked at all times and has two locks on it. It is more useful for locking things up during term time as the cleaning cupboard is rarely locked (otherwise people don’t clean!). This cupboard can be used for secure storage of stage armoury as required. The lights are 12V type and run off a transformer in the cupboard which can be switched on with the switch beside the box office. The panic alarm button can be found under the box office and the reset button is beside the box office light switches. The panic alarm connects to a flash light in the office, red LEDs in the tech box and a buzzer in the café.
The wall at the back of the box office is quite delicate and could probably do with reinforcing but I don’t know what’s behind it and am scared to look.
The sound system for FoH runs through an amp in the box office cupboard where there is a DJ mixer which selects between the feed from the tech box and a CD player in the cupboard. The FoH microphone connects into the mixer but it’s easier to have a loud voice than to faff with it.
The stairs up to the balcony need to get cleaned and painted every so often. Other than that they can be basically ignored, try to keep them clear of rubbish and be aware that they get very slippery when it’s wet, several people slipped down them during fringe 2001.
There is a caution slippery floor sign for when it rains or someone has been cleaning. The floor does get slippery but we’re mainly covering our backs if someone slips and falls.
Most of the wiring in the Box office was re-done fringe 2002 and is now all controlled from the switches under the till, bar the lights.
The front of one of the steps came apart and was repainted in 2020.
This is what Box Office looked like in 2014. Notice the lack of a second desk in the back.
At some point (around 2012) there was a mural in one of the two stairwells. It seems to have been removed because people didn’t really like it. Probably hidden below paint and posters now.