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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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Hear a Pin Drop Here, Battersea Arts Centre

Holly Rumble★★★★ Pros: An interesting topic is used to explore the sights and sounds of London living.  Cons: Only a small cog in the wheel of a much larger project. Our Verdict: A lovely project that has taken a very simple idea and ran with it. While not strictly falling under the obvious definition of theatre, Holly Rumble’s piece is well considered! Holly Rumble walked every street within a 500-meter radius of the Battersea Arts Centre. Every 50 yards or ...

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Amusements, Battersea Arts Centre

Sleepwalk Collective Directed by Sammy Metcalfe ★★★ Pros: An unrelenting journey of sound that unsettles your senses. Cons: Narrative and the audience’s position are too confusing to follow. Verdict: An interesting example of immersive theatre with well-researched and effective sensory illusions. There is clear vision, but unfortunately it just doesn’t fulfil it. Courtesy of BAC Amusements is the hardest kind of performance to write about because it is designed to be experienced as an individual. Ushered in to the space ...

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Bye Bye World, Battersea Arts Centre

Anne Gehring & Vera Ketelaars Directed by Marjolein Frijling ★★★ Pros: A very relatable, poignant story with recognisable characters. Wonderful weird writing. Cons: A strange and rather awkward watch and not to everyone’s taste. Perhaps not the best choice for a family outing or a first date. Our Verdict: At times hilarious, at times tragic, this is a brilliant look at the desire to run away from your life. Experimental theatre at its best. Courtesy of Battersea Arts Centre Performed in a ...

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Mess, Battersea Arts Centre

Caroline Horton and Company Directed by Alex Swift ★★★★ Pros: A lively combination of a serious topic with a wacky play and enthusiastic characters. Cons: I’m not entirely sure the idea of it not being the ‘real show’ was necessary or worked (unless it really is moving into a bigger, more impressive venue). Our Verdict: Three strong actors perform a script by a writer who has a deep understanding of the subject. Courtesy of the Battersea Arts Centre Caroline Horton ...

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Orpheus, Battersea Arts Centre

Presented by Little Bulb Theatre and the Battersea Arts Centre ★★★★ Pros: Lots. Something very different from your average trip to the theatre: it is a concert and a play all in one with a little French joie de vivre. Fantastic performances from a dedicated cast. Cons: A little slow to get going. Our Verdict: Another fabulous production in the spectacular Grand Hall of the Battersea Arts Centre that offers a lot of excellent content for a reasonable price. Courtesy ...

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