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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The D-Word present: Divorce Ceilidh
A Burns Night ceilidh doubling up as a celebration of organiser, Jane Welsh's divorce coming through. With a ceilidh featuring at her wedding, she felt it would be apt to mark the end with one too, so join her tonight as she begins a happy new chapter....Friday January 27 2017
What might 2017 look like? Or the even scarier years afterwards? Invisible Flock have interviewed 62 people about what the future holds, and they're an eclectic bunch, from science fiction author Bruce Sterling to leader of the Icelandic Pirate Party...Experimental Tuesday January 31 2017 - Saturday February 4 2017
This dark piece of physical theatre by acclaimed all-female company Theatre Ad Infinitum is a look at the dark underbelly of modern Mexico. A teenage factory worker is dying of cancer, but she's got a few scores to settle before she goes...Experimental Monday February 13 2017 - Saturday March 4 2017
Award-winning performer Kieran Hurley's work mixes poetry, spoken word and music to tell subtle, human stories. 'Heads Up' is a look at a city that's about to be blown apart, seen through the eyes of its inhabitants. Hurley's words are soundtracked by...Experimental Monday March 20 2017 - Saturday April 1 2017
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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.