Battersea Arts Centre occupies an old town hall in the heart of Battersea and is renowned for making some of the most cutting-edge new theatre in the UK.
National newspapers state that BAC is "Britain’s most influential theatre" (The Guardian), "a dream factory generating the theatre of tomorrow" (The Times) and "definitely on the map of cultural powerhouses" (Daily Telegraph). This is due to a series of innovations like Scratch. Scratch enables artists to test ideas in front of an audience and listen to their feedback.
The birthplace of Jerry Springer the Opera and the first London venue to present Punchdrunk, BAC nurtures talented emerging artists and is renowned for making some of the most cutting-edge new work in the UK. BAC works with artists who question traditional forms of theatre and make work that often doesn’t start life with a script. Theatre that blurs genres, challenges our view of the world and thrives on experiment. BAC presents performances across 70 rooms in our old town hall: in theatre spaces, offices, down in the basement and up in the attic. We also have events that spill out of the building and onto the street: in schools, supermarkets, laundrettes, on boating lakes or online.
Housed in a Grade II* listed old town hall, BAC is a place where artists, audience, participants and staff can play a role in inventing the future of theatre.
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I was there for a charity ceilidh about a week ago and was so surprise how lovely the space was. Definitely interested in seeing what else they have going on at this place.more
I was here last Monday for a gaming night. Located a short walk from the station, you'll find yourself at the BAC. As this was a gaming night, the rooms were buzzing with excitement from the nights festivities. My personal favorite was the game of Werewolf, where I once again succeeded in killing off all the poor town's people. Of course, the full bar and bottle bar, both located...more
This was possibly one of the strangest nights out of my life. I managed to get tickets to this "dance" through a friend and I have to say, had she not been performing in it I don't think we would have make the 2 hour trek across the river! But saying that, I'm so glad we did! Wow, what a show and a great space to watch performance in.
As we walked in we were all given masks and a drink and...more
Battersea Arts Centre is a bit remote but its programming is visionary. Totally connected with the international theatrical avant garde. Not that they produce shows with dots and loops and video art projections across the backs of naked children, but BAC are known - increasingly so - for connecting London with the theatre forefront that the Barbican misses. And thank goodness. This past fall's...more
I love the Battersea Arts Centre, it's a great place to see some theatre - cool, small, quirky productions in a gorgeous building.
Most, in fact almost all, of BAC's productions are small and independent but very well executed. The fear is that "independent" means "crap and cheap" but although most of the BAC's productions *are* lacking in budget, they are super tight, very well produced and...more