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Caesarean Section: Essays on Suicide, Battersea Arts Centre – Review

Teatr ZAR ★★★★ Pros: Intense and stirring polyphonic music that brings a subtle power and energy to the entire play. Cons: As the title suggests, this show does not make for a hugely enjoyable experience and can make you feel uncomfortable. Our Verdict: A heart-wrenching meditation on suicide and survival, marrying haunting sounds with sensual movement. Credit: Ken Reynolds It begins with a pitch-dark room, the sound of pattering feet, shrill laughter, heavy breathing and the sudden, excruciating crash of ...

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The Various Lives of Infinite Nullity, Battersea Arts Centre – Review

Clout TheatreDirected by Mine Cerc★★   Pros: The excellent physical performances from the Lecoq-trained ensemble are extremely polished and highly skilled. Cons: Falling in the genre of performance art, it will not be to everyone’s taste and the theme was rehashed again and again, without exploring new ideas. Our Verdict: Great performances can’t save this repetitive, one-note performance art production. Courtesy of Battersea Arts Centre For 45 minutes, three dead people share an excerpt of their purgatorial existence with us. Using ...

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London Stories, Battersea Arts Centre – Review

Performed by the people of London★★★★ Pros: An informative introduction and an emotive conclusion winds this show up into a tight and smart piece. Cons: There are four “routes” of which you only get given one. This means you miss out on three times the stories you see. Our Verdict: A Festival which focuses on the complex and diverse people that make up London. A personal theatre trip that will make you appreciate those humans who you interact with but ...

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Don Quijote, Battersea Arts Centre

Miguel de Cervantes Tom Frankland and Keir Cooper in association with Último Comboio ★★ Pros: An original, daring and creative approach to exploring this classic novel. Cons: It’s a bit chaotic in its execution, and the story of Don Quijote is never clearly outlined. Our Verdict: Despite some nice moments, there is just too much happening in this hour-long show. Courtesy of EdFringe.com Don’t be misled by the title. This is far from a stage version of the famous Spanish ...

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The Beginning, Battersea Arts Centre

Devised and performed by Michael Pinchbeck, Nicki Hobday and Ollie Smith★★★★ Pros: A fascinating concept, nicely performed with lovely music. Cons: This is an abstract piece, very in keeping with BAC’s ethos, but unless you are a fan of contemporary art and theatre, this may not be for you. Our Verdict: A clever, touching and often funny piece. Enjoyable and well worth a look. Courtesy of Julian Hughes and Michael Pinchbeck What is a performer? What does it mean to ...

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Where the White Stops, Battersea Arts Centre

Devised by ANTLER ★★★ Pros: Playful physical storytelling in abundance. Different from anything else in London at the moment. Cons: It’s a shame that not all the dialogue was audible. Our Verdict: An imperfect, but enjoyable archetypal fable. As I write this review, it is in the middle of a heat wave. This being the case, it does seem a little strange to Courtesy of Antler Theatre write about a play that’s set in a land permanently under a blanket of ...

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Glasshouse, The Battersea Arts Centre

The Honest Crowd★★   Pros: It’s unique and quite funny at times. The performers show excellent composure in the face of adversity. Cons: A little repetitive in the early stages and fairly unpleasant to watch at times. Not for those who don’t like a little audience-participation. Our verdict: An interesting experiment and very well performed. The script, while simple, does its job. Fans of performance art and surrealism may enjoy it. My friends will tell you that I don’t like ...

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Everyone Theatre: An Interview with David Jubb

Everyone Theatre is a series of interviews with leading theatre practitioners in London. It’s their chance to make the case for getting into theatre, on either side of the curtain. Listen to the podcast using the player below, subscript to the series on iTunes, or read through the transcript below. Please feel free to leave comments at the bottom of the page! This podcast series aims to look for ways to involve more and more people in theatre, either as ...

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Walking: Holding, Battersea Arts Centre

Devised by Rosana Cade★★★★ Pros: A new approach to challenging audience members’ perceptions of others. Cons: It’s a very challenging piece that could get rather uncomfortable and is therefore definitely not for everyone! Our Verdict: A social experiment rather than traditional theatre, but a half hour spent in the company of six interesting actors that will change the way you think about your place in society. Courtesy of Battersea Arts Centre This was my first experience of one-on-one theatre. It ...

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