The Manor House warehouse community have a new performance space in the making. Henry Maynard and Alay Paun, two residents of Catwalk Place, have recently purchased a double decker bus and plan to convert it into a performance venue. The converted bus and adjoining ‘shed’ will have a capacity of between 20 – 120 seats depending on the configuration. Haringey Arts is a big supporter of the new venture and have helped them get it off the ground by brokering a relationship with the warehouse landlord, advising on business models and connecting them with key people in the local council.
The aim from the organisers is to use the venue as a platform for their own work – Henry runs a very successful puppet theatre company, Flabbergast, and Alay is the mind behind a the inHOUSE Film Festival – and will also be open to warehouse residents to showcase their own work. It is a commercial venture, but the aim will be to grow an audience from across North London – gaining income from ticket sales and refreshments, not profiting from rentals to residents.
Set to open in some form this side of Christmas, you can follow the buses progress and even volunteer some time to help make it happen – check out the Manor House Bus on Facebook.