Battersea Arts Centre
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Posted: Wed Jun 20 2012
The forward-thinking Battersea Arts Centre, which inhabits the old Battersea Town Hall, has become synonymous with experimental theatre. It’s where you’ll find innovative companies and new writers cutting their teeth (BAC was where the National Theatre unearthed ‘Jerry Springer the Opera’) and site-specific companies such as Punchdrunk and Kneehigh presenting groundbreaking work. As well as theatre, spoken word, excellent comedy bills and music events, BAC also holds vintage fashion sales and, if you're lucky, you can catch impromptu performances by one of its many resident theatre groups in the cosy bar. The fringe venue’s eclectic outlook has clearly helped it consolidate its place in the heart of its Clapham/Battersea community, bouncing back from dark episodes in its history, in particular its threatened closure due to limited council funding, with the help of intense local support.
What's on at Battersea Arts Centre
West End, Experimental theatre, Poetry, Drama
- Rating: 4/5
Kate Tempest may call herself a poet, but this is nothing like any poetry recital you could imagine. There’s a restless earnestness to her voice, as she relays the stories of two boys from the same area with very different destinies. As they grow up in...
West End, Off-West End, Drama
Artistic director of Forced Entertainment Tim Etchells has invited 25 artists from all over the world to reflect on the global impact of the legacy of WWI. Artists from countries such as Germany, Belgium, Lebanon, Egypt and Argentina create this series...
Off-West End, Musicals, Experimental theatre
- Rating: 3/5
Musically gifted theatre troupe Little Bulb’s sprawlingly overambitious new show doesn’t just retell the Orpheus myth – that would be too obvious. Instead, it imagines it as if it were being recounted in a chanson and hot jazz style by a group of early...
Off-West End, Drama, Puppetry
Since 2004, illustrator Nicholas Rawling has been using puppets and models drawn on the back of leftover packaging to create live-soundtracked silent films that cleverly translate the language of cinema – from close-ups to panning shots – to the stage....