On Sunday 9 April the Theatre Bath Bus officially flung open its doors to the public for the first time. This unique mobile performance venue, which took over a year to complete, was entirely funded by the local community. When the doors opened at noon it was flooded with people eager to see the finished product.
The 11 meter-long, Volvo Wright Renown bus has been completely transformed into an intimate, high quality 24 bench-seat auditorium with built in stage, dressing room, box office and even a bar area. It is an extremely versatile space, and can be used for a diverse range of projects which include; theatre, mobile cinema, workshops, comedy, music, seminars and party spot.
During the daytime on Sunday members of the public were invited to explore the bus, many even got the chance to perform on the stage. In the evening, the red carpet was rolled out for a fabulous launch party; attended by the Right Worshipful the Mayor of Bath Cllr Paul Crossley, members of the arts community, and supporters of the Theatre Bath Bus. The event featured delightful performances by pianist Matthew Finch, Musical Director of Bath Light Opera Group, and performance poet Janey McLeod.
Mayor of Bath, Paul Crossley commented:
“What an exciting project you have created. The Mayoress loved the concept. Converting an old bus into a mobile mini theatre and entertainment space is a wonderful idea. Well done to all who helped bring the idea to delivery.”
The Mayor also seized the opportunity to have his photo taken in the driver’s seat wearing the coveted bus driver’s hat.
Luke John Emmett, creator of the Theatre Bath Bus states:
“I feel so very privileged that the arts community in Bath believed in us and this idea, and have helped us to create this wonderful resource for all to use. Everyone has been so incredibly generous with their support, money and time to help us to realise this unique project. We must give a massive thank you to Nick Steel at Bath Comedy Festival, Kirsty and the team at Southgate and Visit Bath for allowing us the opportunity to park in Brunel Square.”
Zoe Bailey, co-creator said:
“The launch of the Theatre Bath Bus was fantastic; seeing members of the public and local community enjoying what we have created, and being inspired to use it for their own projects. We are delighted there is a real interest in this project and are excited for the next step.”
The Theatre Bus is available to hire now. And with over twenty booking enquiries already it looks like the bus will be busy bringing creative projects to communities in and around the South West.
For more information on this exciting project, or to hire the bus visit the Theatre Bath Bus website: