Theatre Bath Bus
Imagine being able to take a performance anywhere! Meet the Theatre Bath Bus - a magical performance space where anything is possible.
All Aboard The Theatre Bath Bus
Imagine being able to take a performance anywhere - anywhere with 13 meters of parking space! Impossible? Not anymore, thanks to the Theatre Bath Bus!
We’re raising the funds to turn a 13 metre, single-decker, Volvo B10 Wright Renown into a mobile performance space, where anything is possible. Poetry, Theatre, Comedy, Music, Puppetry, Art, Workshops, Seminars, Conferences, Movie Nights, Parties… The only limit is imagination - and your ability to read a map.
What Can The Theatre Bus Be Used For?
The idea behind the bus is that it can be used for a vast variety of different things, cutting across a wide spectrum of art forms. It is only limited by the imagination of those who wish to use it.
Uses could include:
- Arts and Crafts
- Mobile Cinema
- Mobile Gallery Space
We have had interest from public houses who would love to be able to stage performances but simply do not have the room to do this inside. By hiring the bus they could park her in their car park and stage whatever shows they wish and not loose valuable space inside their venue.
How Will It Actually Work?
We've sat down with graphic artist Daniel Shearn (Mungo Likes Candy) to come up with the initial designs for the bus inspired by the Goddess Minerva who has close links to Bath.
These designs were then taken to Chris Horseman who works closely with Simon Munden and team at Bristol Bus & Coach Company and has been responsible for many recent conversions including their own highly successful Collywobbles Fun Bus.
From the designs and discussions of our requirements Chris was able to get initial quotes for the conversion work and sourced equipment to be used on the bus. Chris has a background in Theatre running the highly successful Theatek Ltd in Bristol and working for many years as Chief Studios Technician at the Ustinov Studio and Egg Theatre at the Theatre Royal Bath as well as Production Managing many events in a freelance capacity. This experience has really helped us to fully realise the potential of the bus.
Why Back It?
If you invest in the bus, we want you on board - as much as you want to be. That might include:
- Helping with the conversion.
- Volunteering to help with the bar, box office or stewarding of an event.
- Becoming a driver (with a small amount of training you could drive the bus!)
- Helping promote the bus
- Attending special backers events on the bus.
- Using the bus for your own events and bringing your creative ideas to life.
Who Will Benefit?
We have an open-door policy and the bus will be available for use by anyone in the creative and cultural community in Bath and the surrounding areas. If you have a dream or an idea - bring it to us and let's make it happen. This project truly is for you.
B&NES statistics show that 81% of people participate in cultural events in this region. This is above the national average (around 60%).
The 19% that don't engage tend to be from lower income families or have problems actually getting out to see work.
From the B&NES Voice Box survey 2016 of the selection of people surveyed 58% said that ticket pricing was the largest contributing factor to them when attending a leisure activity. Ease of distance of travel and parking came in at 47% as a contributing factor.
From an economic factor for every £1 spent on culture up to £6 is generated for the local economy (Arts Council England).
The arts and culture sector has an important benefit on health and well-being. Those who had attended a cultural place or event in the preceding 12 months were 60 per cent more likely to report good health, and theatre-goers were 25 per cent more likely to report being in health than the average. People valued being in the audience for the arts at about £2,000 per year, which is higher than sport. (Arts Council England).
- It will be of benefit to anyone with a creative project in Bath and the South West
- It will increase audience engagement
- It will allow the arts to reach the heart of communities
- You will be involved with making this happen and be able to see the benefits to both the arts community and outlying communities around Bath
- It is a unique and very special project that you can help to put you stamp upon
How far have we got?
1. A Bus: We’ve paid a deposit of £100, funded by Luke and are now ready to start converting, with kit and design. That’s where we need your help with the finance.
2. A fabulous team of graphic designers have come together to help realise the design of the bus both inside and out. They have donated their time for free to help realise this project.
3. Five organisations have expressed interested in hires already. These include a community theatre groups, storytelling, a professional one man show and a group of musicians.
4. We’re looking for somewhere to store the bus and have positive chats with a number of Bath-based organisations.
David Shopland from Fake Escape Theatre (formerly 20:20 Vision Theatre) would like to use the bus for his show "A Dream of Dying" which he is planning on taking to Edinburgh this year. He would like to use the bus for a rural tour of the show.
Clare Reddaway from a Word In Your Ear who runs the highly successful Story Friday events at Burdall's Yard with Kilter Theatre has said she would like to tour storytelling events out to communities. Perhaps a different community every evening. The event would have three or four writer performers and a musician.
Where Will Your Money Go?
Below is a breakdown of the provisional budget for the project:
Bus - £1,700.00
Initial Bus Strip out - £135.00
Respray - £1,500.00
Fusebox, Power inlet, cable management - £195.00
Sockets , Spurs and cabling - £240.00
Internal Domestic LED Lights and cable - £369.00
Heating / Air Conditioning - £497.00
Flooring - £589.00
Partition Wall and Stage Construction - £298.00
Worktops for Dressing Room / Office - £210.00
Curtain and Curtain Tracks - £785.00
Labour (120 hours) - £1,800.00
Technical Equipment (theatre lights, sound etc) - £3,289.00
Generator - £3,000.00
Working on Wheels Membership - £133.00
Insurance - £1,010.50
Public Liability - £383.25
Removable Contents Cover - £300.00
Who does the serious stuff?
The conversion work will be carried out by Bristol Bus & Coach Sales who have a proven track record of successful bus conversions.
Simon Munden of Bristol Bus & Coach Sales says:
"We are specialists in the procurement and modifications of vehicles specifically, double decker and single decker public service vehicles. In fact where we are based is a short distance from where some “Bristol” Vehicles were originally built and we have sold many all over the world I include some pictures from our portfolio to illustrate, please take a moment to view these. I include one of the most recent after it arrived for shipping to Cambodia."
We will be looking to join Working on Wheels who are a professional organisation that represent companies using vehicles as work spaces. Through them we can get insurance for the bus, advice on the conversion work and help with public liability and other health and safety paperwork.
How Long Will The Work Take?
The bus conversion is actually fairly simple and it's estimated the work can be completed in one working week!
"Coming together is the beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." - Henry Ford
We need ALL of your help to make this project a reality. We simply cannot do it without all of your help and support. We want to create something we can all feel proud of and help promote arts in a new fun and engaging way.
You can help us in a number of ways:
1. Pledge some money to support the project. The project cannot happen unless we get the financial backing behind it.
2. Share, share, share! This is really important. The more people we can get to see this project and engage with it the more chance we have of making it happen. Please share across your social media platforms - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linked-In, Pinterest, YouTube, Snapchat - help us to get the support of as many people as possible.
3. Email lists - we would love it if you could share this project with all of your friends and contacts on email. The more people that hear about this project the better
We have set up a dedicated Theatre Bus website which will be updated with videos and photos of the progress of the bus and our funding targets. It can be found here: http://www.theatrebus.theatrebath.co.uk
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Risks and challenges
The Theatre Bath team are well established and have been working together on different projects for the past four years. We've organised three conferences and hosted numerous workshops and events in the Bath area. We recently joined in partnership with the Bath Chronicle to help collate arts coverage and assist with reviewing shows in Bath.
Theatre Bath is led by Creative Director Luke John Emmett who has 12 years professional experience working in theatre and events in an eclectic mix of roles including Event Manager, Technical Manager, Lighting Designer and Technician. He has experience of organising large-scale projects and festivals and a firm technical grounding thanks to his work in theatre.
Risks Involved With The Project:
The biggest risk is that we don't reach the target on Kickstarter. We are currently looking at other funding sources, both locally and further afield and plan to pursue these alongside the Kickstarter campaign. We will post updates as and when we get more information about this.
Theatre Bath accepts all liability for this project.
Conversion of the bus:
The team are all experienced at converting buses and other vehicles and are used to dealing with any difficulties that arise. Should anything not go to plan with the conversion or we hit any problems we have complete faith in the knowledge and experience of the team to overcome them.
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