South London's erratic temple of the avant-garde
The forward-thinking Battersea Arts Centre, which inhabits the old Battersea Town Hall, has become synonymous with experimental theatre. Under long-term artistic director David Jubb it's styled itself as home of 'scratch' (work-in-progress) performance, but frequently breaks cover with mini-festivals of finished work and the occasional huge, mad project – notably Punchdrunk's immersive 'Masque of the Red Death', which totally took over the entire theatre for a year. It also fosters strong links with the local community – not least as a venue to get married in – and is popular with comedians as a venue for trialling new work.
It has a constantly festival air, with cheap tickets and a convivial bar that offers a wide selection of beers and decent tapas.
Its occasionally turbulent history has been marked by at least one theatre of closure due to loss of funding, and a dramatic fire in March 2015 that closed large portions of the building.
To the outside eye, however, BAC remains indestructible, with fire damage just another phase in a building that's in constant flux and development.
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Sleepwalk Collective present a woozy look at high art and the future in this experimental piece, a follow-up to their previous works 'Amusements' and 'Karaoke'.Drama Wednesday October 5 2016 - Saturday October 8 2016Read more
This storytelling piece explores how luck and chance shape our lives. Tassos Stevens, of interactive performance makers Coney, teams up with sound artist Nick Ryan to look at randomness and destiny.Drama Wednesday October 5 2016 - Saturday October 8 2016Read more
Bac Beatbox Academy
Beginner's group of beatboxers, singers, poets and MCs for practicing the vocal skill. Sessions are led by beatboxer, musician and theatre-maker Conrad Murray.Rap, hip hop and R&B Thursday October 6 2016 - Thursday November 24 2016Read more
Immersive theatre has thus far been limited to fat-walleted grown-ups, but this new show for toddlers lets parents and children go on a theatre journey together. Tom Penn's performance is inspired by the dizzying world of Neverland in 'Peter Pan', and...Children's Friday October 7 2016 - Sunday October 16 2016Read more
'Light' is on at the BAC for a limited run in Autumn 2016. This review is of the show's Edinburgh 2014 run. Theatre Ad Infinitum’s breakthrough Fringe hit was 2011’s ‘Translunar Paradise’, a graceful silent weepie about an elderly couple that reduced...West End Monday October 10 2016 - Saturday October 15 2016Read more
How To Die Of A Broken Heart
Femi Martin's story of heartbreak looks at how a nasty breakup changed her, and her body, forever. She uses neuroscience to create a witty look at the physical toll of love.Drama Monday October 10 2016 - Wednesday October 12 2016Read more
Do you remember your first dance? This ever-changing, pared down performance is inspired by all the times when people break out in a boogie. Manchester-based company Quarantine will dance out their memories, in a chameleonic show that changes each time...Drama Thursday October 20 2016 - Saturday October 22 2016Read more
This new performance from Open Clasp has been made in collaboration with female prisoners from HMP Low Newton. Written by Catrina McHugh and directed by Laura Lindow, it's a raw and intense insight into prison life.Drama Monday October 24 2016 - Wednesday October 26 2016Read more
The Night That Autumn Turned To Winter
Little Bulb have been delighting Battersea Arts Centre audiences with their characteristic blend of comedy, high whimsy and devised theatre for a few years now. Their Christmas show for children is a woodland story, starring a lively cast of forest animals....Children's Saturday December 3 2016 - Sunday January 8 2017Read more
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Battersea Arts Centre is a brilliant theatre that involves young people in creative and fun yet demanding productions. It is doing wonderful work, getting people involved and for people to go and see.