Union House Theatre’s Rehearsal Room Policy

Des Connor Room

The Des Connor Room (picture above) is a rehearsal room situated above the Union Theatre in Union House. The entrance is outside Union House, on the concrete lawn side, near the National Bank ATM. Enter the double white doors and take the stairs to the top (picture below).
The Des Connor Room is decently sized (6x13m), has a mirrored wall, bars, parquetry floor suitable for dance and a piano. The studio is available to University of Melbourne students at no charge for rehearsals, readings and auditions.

We regret that there is no lift access to the Des Connor Room. Several flights of stairs make disabled access to this space difficult. Please consider the 2nd and 3rd floor spaces in Union House as lift accessible alternatives.

Who can book the Des Connor Room?

  • UHT affiliated Student Theatre Groups
  • UMSU affiliated Clubs and Societies
  • University of Melbourne students

Priority of Bookings

  1. Union House Theatre
  2. Affiliated Student Theatre Groups
  3. UMSU affiliated Clubs and Societies for the purpose of arts related activities (dance, theatre, circus etc)
  4. Individual University of Melbourne students. Examples of use might be: piano practice, monologue rehearsal, dance practice.


Affiliated groups can book a space up to three weeks ahead, individual students can book up to one week out. All bookings must be made in person (old school!) at the Union House Theatre Office, first floor, Union House. During semester breaks bookings can be made by telephoning 8344 6975 or emailing uht@union.unimelb.edu.au

You can check the availability online here: bookings.union.unimelb.edu.au

The room may be booked for a maximum of 4 hours per day. An extension can be made on the day before if no other group is using the room. During semester, Affiliated Student Theatre Groups may book rehearsal rooms for a maximum of 9 hours per week and individual University of Melbourne students for a maximum of 4 hours per week.


Rehearsal rooms may not be used for commercial purposes. This means, groups cannot charge their members for participation in classes. If this is discovered to be happening the group will be banned from future bookings.


No food or drink (except bottled water) is allowed. No tap shoes or stiletto heels as they damage the parquetry floor. No smoking. The piano should not be moved without a staff member from Union House Theatre. We request that all users leave the room tidy after use. Failure to do so can result in a ban on all future bookings. Please let us know if you find the room untidy.

Room bookings are taken in good faith but may be subject to change. Groups will be notified by telephone 24 hours in advance if their booking has to be altered or cancelled.

Open Hours

Des Connor booking hours during semester times are as follows:

  • Monday-Friday: 7.30am-9pm
  • Saturday-Sunday: 11.30am-5pm

Des Connor booking hours during semester breaks are as follows:

  • Monday-Friday 7.30am-6:30pm
  • Saturday and Sunday closed

The Workshop Rehearsal Space

The Workshop Rehearsal Space is situated below the Union Theatre with an entry down the stairs from North Court (pictured below) and may be booked under the same conditions as the Des Connor Studio.

Accessing The Workshop Rehearsal Space

Entry is gained to this space by contacting the Security Officer in their office situated on the ground floor of Union House between the Info Centre and STA.

Due to noise considerations, bookings cannot always be made for the Workshop Rehearsal Space whilst a performance is occurring in the Union Theatre.

Other Rehearsal Spaces

The 2nd Floor rooms in Union House are also available for booking by Affiliated Theatre Groups online.

Currently, the rehearsal rooms Frank Tate 106 and Doug McDonell 113 are available for rehearsals on weeknights from 6:15-9:30pm and on weekends 9am-5pm.
Rooms 301 & 304 (formally 418 & 419) at 757 Swanston will be available from Sem 1, 2017.

For further information, please contact 8344 6975 or email uht@union.unimelb.edu.au