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Battersea Arts Centre News: Cash, Capitalism and Corporations | February - April 2017

Published by: Carolin Kopplin on 20th Oct 2016 | View all blogs by Carolin Kopplin

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The banking crisis, Brexit, capitalism and corporations take centre-stage at Battersea Arts Centre in early 2017 as a host of artists tackle some of the most urgent issues facing Britain today. The season features critically-acclaimed shows from this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe by Theatre Ad Infinitum, Mark Thomas, LUNG and Kieran Hurley – performances that should provoke discussion and debate about the relationship between people, money and power, and the need to challenge the status quo and imagine the alternatives.

 

The old town hall, recently rejuvenated through a final phase of work with architects Haworth Tompkins, will once again be an engine room for social change. Also taking place are creative projects such as The Agency, supporting local young entrepreneurs to make positive change in their communities, and That’s Power, a project in development combining art, democracy and digital technologies to get people sharing their visions for spending in advance of the Government’s spring budget announcement.

 

Theatre Highlights: 

Bucket List | Theatre Ad Infinitum | 13 February – 4 March 
Powerful physical theatre performed by an international all-female ensemble, Bucket List tackles neo-colonialism and free will versus fate. Milagros is an ordinary Mexican woman who, with only a bloodstained list of those responsible for her mother’s murder, embarks on extraordinary quest for justice.

The Red Shed | Mark Thomas | 6-11 March

Three decades after he first took to its stage, Mark Thomas returns to The Red Shed in Wakefield, a 47-foot-long wooden hut that doubles up as a Labour Club, to celebrate its 50th birthday and the people that have inspired him.


E15 | LUNG | 13 March – 1 April 
Adapted exclusively from the real-life testimonies of 29 single mothers and children threatened by skyrocketing rent and eviction from their Newham homes, this piece of documentary theatre follows their campaign to push housing to the top of the political agenda. 

 

Heads Up | Kieran Hurley | 20 March – 1 April

Multi award-winner Kieran Hurley weaves a picture of a familiar city at its moment of destruction and three people within it  – a drunken woman, a faithless priest and a broken finance worker – asking what we would do if we found ourselves at the end of our world as we know it. 


Cash, Capitalism and Corporations also features hip-hop theatre by Conrad Murray (Denmarked | 22 Feb – 11 Mar), a half-term offering by non zero one (Ground Control | 17 Feb | For ages 7-12) and more.  

 

More info: 

www.bac.org.uk | @battersea_arts

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