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Bath Theatre Bus to tour South West as 25-seat performance space

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A performance space on a bus is being created in Bath, with an aim to tour work to areas of low arts engagement in the South West.

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to build the Bath Theatre Bus, a mobile arts venue for small-scale work.

The converted single-decker bus will incorporate a stage and space for approximately 25 seats, as well as lighting and sound rigs and a combined dressing room and office space.

It is the idea of lighting designer Luke Emmett, who runs community arts organisation Theatre Bath.

Emmett said the group would work with local theatre companies and arts organisations to stage a range of cultural work.

He told The Stage: “Hard to reach communities are the main focus of it – places that have no sort of arts outreach in them already. What we’re trying to create is a blank canvas that we can work on with companies who come to us with ideas of what they want to do.”

Emmett added that the ability to park the bus in car parks or open spaces also meant that it could do education work without schools having to disrupt classrooms or halls.

“Because it’s such an intimate space, I think it could create quite a good atmosphere and experience for young people, especially at the moment, with the arts being cut left right and centre from curriculums. From my perspective, it offers a real opportunity for children to experience the arts for the first time where it doesn’t feel intimidating,” he said.

The bus will also have a projector and screen fitted in order to be used as a mobile cinema.

The campaign needs to raise £16,000 to convert the bus, which could be in operation within a month of the target being met.

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