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Autumn at the Battersea Arts Centre

Published by: Carolin Kopplin on 4th Jul 2016 | View all blogs by Carolin Kopplin


A host of theatrical experiences and creative projects are set to fill Battersea Arts Centre’s building this autumn as the doors are thrown open to spaces that have been redeveloped as part of a nine-year phased capital project, realised with Stirling Prize winning architects Haworth Tompkins.


| Tom Penn & Battersea Arts Centre | 7-16 October

Children aged 1-3 and their adults are invited to step into a white tented den to play among dazzling 360 degree video projections. Footage flits between real and animated scenes of nature, from forest canopies to sea beds, accompanied by an original score. Made in collaboration with Little Bulb Theatre associate Tom Penn, this multisensory experience is a celebration of imagination, guided by two multilingual performers. Building on the success of previous interactive family theatre productions, including The Great Escape (A Borrower’s Tale) (2010) and Town Hall Cherubs (2015), Neverland will premiere at Battersea Arts Centre and tour to children’s theatre festivals, including TakeOff Festival in Durham, this autumn.

A House Repeated | Seth Kriebel | 18-29 October

Inspired by the early text-based computer games of the 70s and 80s, A House Repeated returns to pit audience teams against one another to unlock the secrets of Battersea Arts Centre’s labyrinthine old town hall. Blurring the line between reality and fantasy, creator Seth Kriebel has conjured a world of half-real and half-imagined spaces inspired in part by the building's original and modern-day architectural plans. Together with collaborator Zoe Bouras, Seth guides audiences on an imaginary adventure from the comfort of their seats.


London Stories: Made by Migrants 
| Battersea Arts Centre | 4-26 November 
Spearheading the new BAC Moving Museum programme in November is an evolution of London Stories, following the success of the first festival in 2013. Real life stories of arriving in the city and of trying to make it a new home will be told people who lived themIntimate audiences groups will hear tales across a warren of spaces and visit an installation of storytellers’ sentimental objects that reflect the city's history of migration. Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

The Night That Autumn Turned To Winter 
| Little Bulb Theatre | 3 December – 8 January
Hot on the heels of launching Battersea Arts Centre’s new Courtyard theatre, this Christmas Little Bulb Theatre will delight families with a music-filled nut gathering and nest building show, full of wintry surprises.

The academic year kicks-off with two creative projects that got off the ground thanks to pilot cycles funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.


Agents of Creative Change | Battersea Arts Centre | September – October
Battersea Arts Centre is match-making artists and third sector professionals from the local area as part of the second cycle of Agents of Creative Change, supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The programme uses Scratch to test out ways of using creativity in settings as varied as the police force, children’s homes and probation service with ideas shared at the end of October.

The Agency | Battersea Arts Centre, Contact & People’s Palace Projects | September – April
Creative entrepreneur project, The Agency, also restarts with the support of the Big Lottery Fund. A new cohort of young people from the local Winstanley Estate will be recruited over the summer to develop social initiatives based on the needs of their communities. Following an event held at the Houses of Parliament in May with Fiona Mactaggart MP and Jane Ellison MP, The Agency is continuing to grow vital networks and community relationships to strengthen initiatives from the first three cycles and beyond.


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