Battersea Arts Centre reopens with a bang with their new season Wild Times

Battersea Arts Centre is reopening with a bang this April – and with a new pay what you can prices.

Their new season Wild Times is running from April to July and includes theatrical films, 360 degree technology and even a life size outdoor board game.

The centre has also launched a new pricing model with audiences paying what they can afford for all performances.

Tarek Iskander, Artistic Director and CEO of Battersea Arts Centre, said: “From now on, as well as being relaxed, every BAC performance, live or digital, should be financially accessible to everyone. 

“As the times demand, it’s important that we are all supported to come together now, whatever our financial means or personal circumstances, and do the exciting creative thinking needed to refashion our communities and the ways we relate to each other and our world.”

Lucy McCormick Life LIVE Wild Times Battersea Arts Centre 2021 Credit Holly Revell

The season includes Lucy McCormick’s Life: LIVE! concert from July 8 to 15.

Originally programmed for last year’s Going Global season, the subversive pop concert explores what it means to perform ‘live’ in a new, acoustic production. 

Now accompanied onstage by a live band, the gig examines stardom, self care and redemption in a showcase Lucy’s debut album

Wild Times is also featuring stage works that have been reimagined as films.

Award-winning artist Selina Thompson premieres salt: dispersed, an adaptation of her show about grief, Black British identity and colonialism.

Shot in Battersea Arts Centre during lockdown, Hofesh Shechter’s POLITICAL MOTHER: The Final Cut  is an exhilarating short film and dance piece. 

Shechter’s film, inspired by the iconic original production, immerses audiences into a fragile world where individuals struggle against society’s complex structures.

Katherine Kotz has curated The Motherhood Project, which includes fifteen exciting short films from contributors such as Juno Dawson, Hannah Khalil, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Lemn Sissay MBE, and Athena Stevens.

The films explore the guilt, joy, absurdity and taboo surrounding motherhood.

The festival will also take place outdoors in the heart of Battersea, including a specially created life-sized version of the crime-prevention board game Life Is What U Make It by Osmond Gordon Vernon. 

What will people need? is a new commission led by Jo Fong, an artist and gardener whose award-winning work explores ways of connecting people. 

The art installation and online archive of voices will encourage the depth and legacy of communities, a vital source of support for so many over the past year, and coincides with Battersea Arts Centre welcoming local residents and NHS staff as the Community Vaccination Centre for Wandsworth.

Photos: Lucy McCormick, salt dispersed. The Motherhood


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