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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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 Until 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
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 27 2016 - Thursday November 24 2016Read more
London Stories: Made By Migrants
Escape your London bubble and get to know some new faces at the BAC's festival of true migrant stories. As a follow-up to the venue's 'London Stories' in 2013, this evening divides the audience into small groups to hear people tell their own narratives...Drama Friday November 4 2016 - Saturday November 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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I keep remembering the Mask of the Red Death. Can't get it out of my head. It's got to THE venue in London capable of handling such an immersive event. I wish to god they'd do it again!
Beautiful building ,refurbished to high standard,great theatre,comedy and art and a great bar with lovely food!
Rising from the ashes.....BAC is a great community resource. Interesting plays, talks, good bar/food and discounts if you become a member which is only £24 a year and helps support them.
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.