First Halifax supports unique touring bus show: Rear View
Rear View Revealed is a new exhibition that explores the ideas, people and places behind Rear View - a unique new show that takes place on board a specially designed moving auditorium - and reveals the story that has been many years in the making, from concept to presentation.
Open from Friday 9 March 2018, visitors to Rear View Revealed will be able to discover how the Rear View bus and theatre show was devised and made through a series carefully selected exclusive photographs, film footage, soundscapes and drawings. The Rear View journey started with the simple idea devised by IOU’s Artistic Director David Wheeler and developed by artist Andy Plant, to transport audiences from place to place, presenting endless opportunities to create theatre in both unusual and everyday places.
The Rear View bus is a 1989 Volvo B10M mid-engined city bus manufactured in 1989. The bus was bought by IOU from Hiltons Travel at Newton-le-Willows in April 2016 where it was being used as a school bus. Over the last 2 years, it has undergone major modifications and has recently had the engine completely rebuilt at the First depot in Halifax so now has a new lease of life ready for the 2018 tour. The bus is the only one of it’s kind licensed to carry up to 40 passengers facing backwards positioned on grandstand-like seating with on-ear headphone system. The cab has also been modified to accommodate not only a bus driver, but a sound desk and technician.
Oliver Howarth, Operations Director at First West Yorkshire, who have supported the development of Rear View bus says: “As the principle bus operator in Halifax we’re proud to be supporting another local business through sponsorship and an agreement to provide a Transport Manager and to help maintain and manage the vehicle. This is an exciting project to have been involved with and we would encourage locals to come and support the Halifax Premier of the Rear View bus.”
Artistic Director and devisor of Rear View, David Wheeler says: “Creating the exhibition Rear View Revealed has provided a moment to open our Studio and Gallery space and bring together all he various elements and tell the story of how IOU created this unusual piece of work - and the special Rear View bus. Quite often we’re so busy making and touring work we don’t take time to stop and reflect or consider the audience response. This exhibition invites audiences to explore the making process which is often multi-faceted, involves a wide range of people with a huge range of specialist skills - all with the common aim to create memorable experiences aboard this wonderful mobile auditorium.”
Rear View is a live theatre show written and performed by either Cecilia Knapp or Jemima Foxtrot and tells the story of an older woman looking back on her life in her home town. Visitors to the Rear View Revealed exhibition are invited to share their own experiences and memories on an interactive Story Map of Halifax, simply write your story on a card and pin it to the location on the map for others to discover.
Rear View Revealed at Dean Clough Mills, Halifax opens from Friday 9 March 2018 and admission is free, click here for more information and opening times. See Rear View at The Piece Hall, 12-15 April - tickets available from the Box Office 01422 525217 or www.thepiecehall.co.uk/events/rear-view
In 2018, the Rear View tour continues with a Halifax premiere at The Piece Hall on 12-15 April, and then continues to Brighton Festival, Gravity Fields Festival and Stockton International Riverside Festival.