Little Bulb Theatre’s critically-acclaimed production of Orpheus sets off on national tour this September having started life as the first-ever commission for Battersea Arts Centre’s Grand Hall, where it had two sell-out runs before heading to the world-renowned Salzburg Festival. It will play at the Royal Opera House Linbury Studio Theatre as part of the 2015 Deloitte Ignite Festival (15-19 Sep), Bristol Old Vic (23-26 Sep), Nuffield Southampton (29 Sep-3 Oct), Liverpool Everyman (20-24 Oct) and Birmingham Repertory Theatre (28-31 Oct).
Now the Company has been commissioned to develop a show for the courtyard – a brand new theatre space at the heart of Battersea Arts Centre’s old town hall. The production is the latest BAC Playground Project, as theatre artists shape the future of the building in collaboration with architects Haworth Tompkins.
David Jubb, Artistic Director Battersea Arts Centre, said: “We want to work with Little Bulb Theatre to open up the courtyard and fill the space with the infectious joy that radiates from this gifted company. After decades of under-use, we have been inspired by Teatro Oficina in São Paulo, Brazil, to create a gem of a theatre space, smack bang in the middle of the building. I hope we can commission a new show and a new vision for the courtyard every summer to create an exciting destination in Battersea for all those staycation lovers.”
Little Bulb Theatre’s courtyard show will run in summer 2016. More details to be announced early next year.
CHRISTMAS AT BATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE
This December, Battersea Arts Centre will play host to a trio of alternative Christmas shows for ages 2-100. Town Hall Cherubs | 2 Dec-3 Jan | Press views: Thu 3 Dec at 9:30am, 11am, 1:30pm and 3pm 2-5 year olds and their families are invited on an interactive and dream-like adventure to help a sleepy cherub find his way home. Surprises for little ones lie in store around Battersea Arts Centre’s historical building, including a mirrored floor, a giant kaleidoscope and a gaggle of inflatable creatures. Older siblings can have their own fun on a supervised tour and workshop as part of a Mini Heritage Festival.
Jackson’s Way: The Christmas Top-up Power-Seminar! | 1-12 Dec | Press Night: Wed 2 Dec at 8pm
Will Adamsdale’s Perrier Award-winning motivation-a-thon returns as hopeless self-help guru Chris John Jackson gives his teachings a festive twist. Part-theatre part-comedy, Jackson is a modern day parody of American motivational speakers and a hilarious satire of the world of self-help and corporate jargon.
Sara Pascoe’s Christmas Assembly | 14-23 Dec | Press Night: Tue 15 Dec at 8pm
A raucous get-together of songs, fables and all your favourite brand-new festive traditions brought to you by the Church of the Science of Christmas and led by the much-loved TV panelist, Sara Pascoe (Have I Got News For You?, Mock the Week, 8 out of 10 Cats, Live at the Apollo, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Room 101 and QI).
GRAND HALL UPDATE
As Battersea Arts Centre marks six months since the Grand Hall fire in March, plans for the future of the space are gathering momentum. Initial phases of work included specialist groundwork contractor Deconstruct installing 18.6 tonnes of steel and 40 cubic metres of concrete to bolster the gable walls in preparation for a salvage operation completed over the summer to recover materials. Next up, a gargantuan temporary roof will be erected this winter. The scaffold structure will extend beyond the external walls of the Grand Hall and stand at 24m tall.
Consultations with Battersea Arts Centre stakeholders will take place over the autumn to gather feedback on potential designs for the space by RIBA Stirling Prize-winning architects Haworth Tompkins. Further ahead, a planning application is due to be submitted by the end of the year and the current aim is to break ground in autumn 2016 and open the new Grand Hall in autumn 2018.
Thursday 10th September 2015