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From 2015 onwards RIFT, in partnership with the Mill Co. Project are re-animating 5 Ashley Road, a 1950’s former ambulance repair depot, and programming and producing a series of new projects.
Primarily a space for development, this exciting new venue will see artists from across Europe develop new works.

The yard will be transformed into a shared space for Tottenham where performances will be staged. In addition, there will be accessible workspace which will be available for public use.

The ambition is to make it a multi faceted creative factory-outlet of culture.

This June The Mill Co Project and RIFT Theatre launch an international residency program at a repurposed Tottenham site, plus an outdoor bar, café and wild garden!

The ongoing wave of Tottenham’s exciting post-riot regeneration is going up a stage this summer, literally, with the arrival of a major international theatre program at the formerly abandoned 5 Ashley Road site (a one minute walk from Tottenham Hale station)

The new venue also boasts a bar, café and garden which will be a “Venetian Oasis in Tottenham” This burst of combined creativity will inject a lightning bolt of culture into the neighborhood.


There will also be a special press and industry tour on June 4th which you can request to attend

About the venue:

Ignited by The Mill Co. Project – a major London-based enterprise of repurposed arts spaces – the acorn was planted last year when they gave RIFT Theatre free run of the 5 Ashley Road site for an initial three year period.

The Mill Co Project are no strangers to Tottenham but in fact manage two other creative heavyweights in the area – the expansive studio collective Gaunson House, and the imposing Carvall Warehouse – a creative “maker space”

Nicknamed “the depot” internally, the spacious empty building at 5 Ashley Road is a former ambulance repair unit but will now play host to an exciting complex of European theatre projects, transforming dramatically from a one-time home to mobile operating theatres into a permanent home for major theatre operations!

The adjacent garden will contain wildflowers, bees and bridges – a welcome addition to the corrugated industrial park across the road, while the sunny outdoors bar and indoors café area will serve locally sourced drinks and snacks not just to thirsty thespians but anyone who wants to come and enjoy Tottenham’s new creative hot spot.

About the theatre residency:

The ‘RIFT International Residency 2015’ will take some of the most pioneering theatre companies from all around Europe and move them straight into to the new Tottenham HQ where they will live, work and develop a unique show for the local community and general public to see.

“Coming with a story from their country we want to offer the companies a chance to develop a piece of work that takes influences from the other artists they will work with, and the different cultures and methods of working that they will be exposed to” says Felix Mortimer, artistic director of RIFT.

“As part of the residency the companies will get two chances to present their work in Tottenham and the project will hopefully allow the companies a chance to create a strong foundation for not only developing their projects further, but for continued communication with artists across Europe”

Nick Hartwright, one of The Mill Co Project’s directors says “With its direct transport link to Stansted airport and a twelve minute tube ride into central London, Tottenham is the perfect location for an international theatre residency program. We work with RIFT already on the fantastic Shakespeare In Shoreditch, which has its second installment this autumn at our Haggerston site The Rose Lipman. I cannot wait to see these international theatre groups in action, with RIFT onboard we are in safe hands and can expect some exciting results”

Felix Mortimer, says ““The space we occupy in Tottenham Hale is a busy and well-used area, commuters flood into the tube, people buzz around the retail park and walk on the marshes and the canal. There are no spaces in this area for people to congregate, share conversations and meet others. We want to create an organic, well-curated space which can be busy and full or gentle and quiet. A space for sunny days and warm evenings, a space for reading, listening to music or taking part. A space to watch things grow and share ideas and stories.”

Arranged into a charm-bracelet of two week residencies, the first six sets of incoming international thespians are already booked in:

Lenz Fondazione (Italy)
Lilian Robl and Annabell Lachner (Germany)
Zoukak (Lebanon)
Gehring & Ketelrrs (Nederlands)
Soundboxed Collective (London)

RIFT Theatre are also working with a number of other partners to help transform the 5 Ashley Road site into their desired space, including Royal Court Tottenham, The Warehouse Community, Beavertown Brewery, Bernie Grants Arts Centre and Black Entertainment Television.

Closest Tube: Tottenham Hale

This project is supported by Haringey Council