53two was grown from acting school Manchester Actors' Platform, MAP. The school was established to provide affordable, professional services for actors after so many of these were unobtainable, inaccessible or unaffordable. After producing our first show under the banner MAP Productions in 2016, a whole new tier of the company was born.
The team were approached by a property developer to take over one of their empty spaces, the old Bauer Millet Garage, Albion St. It was a big ask in the damp, well-loved and almost unworkable spaces but, out of 24 companies we were selected for the job and 53two was born. In just a few months we transformed two arches into two of the most exciting spaces in Manchester for new theatre productions, events and private parties. We weren't water-tight but we knew how to make theatre!