5* shows return to BAC – Bryony Kimmings’ I’m a Phoenix, Bitch and BAC Beatbox Academy’s Frankenstein

BRYONY KIMMINGS

BRYONY KIMMINGS

Battersea Arts Centre’s Phoenix Season has been extended with the return of two five star shows – Bryony Kimmings’ I’m a Phoenix, Bitch (20 Feb – 9 Mar 2019) and BAC Beatbox Academy’s Frankenstein (12 – 29 Mar 2019). They join Little Bulb Theatre’s gypsy jazz take on Orpheus, BAC Moving Museum’s immersive family adventure Return to Elm House and Daniel Kitson’s new show Keep.

The Phoenix Season celebrates the reopening of Battersea Arts Centre’s Grand Hall after the fire that devastated it in 2015. The seven-month celebration of risk-taking and renewal has featured Gecko, National Theatre of Scotland, Touretteshero and Lekan Lawal amongst others. The reborn space has received a wonderful reception from both audiences who recall its previous incarnation and new visitors to the venue.

I’m a Phoenix, Bitch

Bryony Kimmings

Wed 20 Feb –Sat 9 Mar 2019, 8pm

Press night Thu 21 Feb 2019

Following a critically-acclaimed debut run, performance artist, theatre-maker, comedian, musician and activist, Bryony Kimmings’ (Fake it ‘til you Make it, A Pacifists Guide to the War on Cancer, Channel 4’s The Sex Clinic: Artist In ResidenceI’m a Phoenix, Bitch will return to Battersea Arts Centre from 20 February to 9 March. This will be followed with a run at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts from 3 to 7 May.

I’m a Phoenix, Bitch combines personal stories with epic film, soundscapes and ethereal music to create a powerful, dark and joyful work about motherhood, heartbreak and finding inner strength. Having spent the last few years on collaborative projects and telling other peoples’ stories, including co-writing a script with Oscar award-winning actress Emma Thompson, developing musical A Pacifists Guide to the War on Cancer and starring in Channel 4’s The Sex Clinic: Artist In Residence, recent personal cataclysmic life events have led Bryony back to her original solo practice.

Bryony Kimmings says, “my shows are usually born out of me going: ‘We don’t talk about this enough, this is problematic in terms of a political or feminist narrative.’ My hope with this show is to give the almost unspeakable traumas associated with postnatal depression and an ill child a voice.  I wanted to create a show that cuts to the heart of these things but does it in a way that people can relate to.”

Join Bryony on an incredible journey as I’m a Phoenix, Bitch creates a new legend; that of the invincible and fearless woman; a tale Bryony wishes she had known from birth.

All performances of I’m a Phoenix, Bitch are relaxed. At Battersea Arts Centre, this means that audiences are free to move about, make noise and come and go during the show. A designated ‘chill-out space’ is also provided for guests who may need time away from the performance space and there are ear defenders available for those with sensory sensitivities. This does not mean that light and sound effects have been changed. For more info, visit the Access Page. The performance on Thursday 7 March is captioned and BSL interpreted.

Frankenstein: How To Make A Monster

BAC Beatbox Academy and Battersea Arts Centre

Tue 12 – Fri 29 Mar 2019, 8.30pm

Press night Thu 14 Mar 2019

Frankenstein: How To Make A Monster returns to headline an amped up evenings of beatbox, singing, rapping, DJ’s and jamming to celebrate a decade of BAC Beatbox Academy.

Inspired by Mary Shelley’s original tale of power and persecution, Frankenstein explores the idea of what makes a modern monster.

This electrifying theatre-gig production marks 10 years of nurturing the finest rising talent and pushing the boundaries of sound and music with BAC Beatbox Academy.

BAC Beatbox Academy is Battersea Arts Centre’s home-grown young collective. They have performed all over the country from Latitude Festival to The Royal Festival Hall and have recently appeared on Gareth Malone’s The Choir, with current members of the group ranked within the top

10 beat boxers in the UK.

All performances of Frankenstein are relaxed. At Battersea Arts Centre, this means that audiences are free to move about, make noise and come and go during the show. A designated ‘chill-out space’ is also provided for guests who may need time away from the performance space and there are ear defenders available for those with sensory sensitivities. This does not mean that light and sound effects have been changed. For more info, visit the Access Page.

Battersea Arts Centre gratefully acknowledges support from PRS Foundation’s the Open Fund and Arts Council

Also in the Phoenix Season in December and January:

Return to Elm House

Sarah Golding and BAC Moving Museum

Sat 1 Dec – Sun 30 Dec

Press night: Thu 6 Dec, 7pm (there are also opportunities to attend daytime performances)

A long time ago, on the very spot where Battersea Arts Centre now stands, a brave woman known for her generosity, wisdom and care, lived in Elm House. But as the years have ticked by, her inspiring story has been long forgotten. Until now…

This Christmas, in a brand new immersive adventure for all the family, Battersea Arts Centre shares the radical and inspiring true story of Jeanie Nassau Senior (1828–1877), an early feminist and social pioneer who helped improve the lives of thousands of children. Jeanie lived in Elm House, on the site of what is today Battersea Arts Centre. She was a campaigner for welfare rights, a co-founder of the British Red Cross and – as Britain’s first ever female civil servant – the visionary originator of the British foster care system.

In Return to Elm House, audiences will follow their fellow Time Keepers through old doors and along hidden corridors in this immersive adventure for the whole family. For Jeanie’s story to come back together they must find mislaid secrets and collect clues – and decide whether she is still relevant to all of us today.

As they venture across Battersea Arts Centre they will discover new permanent installations created by artists, designers and architects, each embodying a value inspired by the building’s past – from courage to joy, honesty to hope.

All performances of Return to Elm House are relaxed. At Battersea Arts Centre, this means that audiences are free to move about, make noise and come and go during the show. A designated ‘chill-out space’ is also provided for guests who may need time away from the performance space and there are ear defenders available for those with sensory sensitivities. This does not mean that light and sound effects have been changed. For more info, visit the Access Page. The performance on Saturday 15 December at 2:30pm is BSL interpreted.

Return to Elm House is presented by BAC Moving Museum

With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund

Orpheus    

Little Bulb Theatre

Wed 5 Dec – Sun 30 Dec

Press night: Fri 7 Dec, 7:30pm


Little Bulb Theatre
’s critically acclaimed production of Orpheus returns to its Grand Hall home as part of the Phoenix Season, following a national and international tour including the world-renowned Salzburg Festival, Brisbane Festival and a run at the Royal Opera House Linbury Studio Theatre.

An astonishingly original musical re-imagining of the epic Greek myth, Orpheus is inspired by the music of legendary jazz guitarist, Django Reinhardt.

Audiences are transported to 1930s Paris where charismatic songstress Yvette Pépin has cajoled the guitar virtuoso, Django Reinhardt, into joining her in a brand new production of Orpheus. He will play the tragic hero, she will play his lost love Eurydice. Together with her troupe of operatic players she tells the thrilling tale of Orpheus’s ill-fated descent into the underworld, set to a live score of hot club jazz, opera and French chanson.  As in previous runs, the Grand Hall will once again be transformed into an opulent 1930s music hall, offering audiences a joyous night out in a bygone era.

Music has played an integral part in all of Little Bulb’s past productions, but Orpheus puts it right at its heart: it is entirely sung-through in a veritable musical feast including original compositions alongside Bach, Monteverdi, Edith Piaf and Debussy.

Orpheus is a Little Bulb Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre co-production.

Orpheus will have a relaxed performance on Wednesday 12 December.  At Battersea Arts Centre, this means that audiences are free to move about, make noise and come and go during the show. A designated ‘chill-out space’ is also provided for guests who may need time away from the performance space and there are ear defenders available for those with sensory sensitivities. This does not mean that light and sound effects have been changed. For more info, visit the Access Page. There is an audio described performance on 13 December (matinee) and BSL interpreted shows on Thursday 20 December and Saturday 22 December (matinee).Presented by Little Bulb Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre In association with Farnham Maltings.

keep.

Daniel Kitson

Tue 8 – Thu 31 Jan, 7:30pm, 2:30pm Sunday matinees

A new show about how much past the present can usefully contain. About rigor and generosity. About postcards and hair pins and a certificate from Harry Ramsdens in Blackpool. About how long it takes to stop noticing where you are. About the compromise of a full life and the burden of a full heart and how it’s impossible to know where looking back will lead. About the task of being who we are without denying who we’ve been. About the importance of regret and the possibility of hope and the delusional idea of starting again. About all the books I’ve never read and all the jam I’ve ever eaten and the bags of torn tickets and the drawers of empty pens and the inevitable sadness of ever holding on to anything.

 A show, in short, about the things in my house and the stuff in my head.

LISTINGS INFO

Title:  I’m a Phoenix, Bitch

Artist/Company:  Bryony Kimmings

Venue: Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN
Date:
 20 Feb – 9 Mar 2019

Time: 8pm (2:30pm matinees)

Price: £15 to £30

Booking Link: www.bac.org.uk/bryony

Box Office: 020 7223 2223

Title:  Frankenstein

Artist/Company:  BAC Beatbox Academy

Venue: Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN
Date: 
12 – 29 Mar 2019

Time: 8:30pm

Price:  £15 – £26

Booking Link: bac.org.uk/frankenstein

Box Office: 020 7223 2223

Also in the Phoenix Season in December and January:

Title:  Return to Elm House

Artist/Company: Sarah Golding and Battersea Arts Centre

Venue: Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN

Date: 1 – 30 Dec

Time: Public: 10:30am, 2:30pm, 6:30pm School: 10am, 1:30pm

Price: £12.50 – £26, Family ticket from £60

Age Recommendation: 6+

Press Night: 6 Dec

Booking Link: bac.org.uk/elmhouse

Box Office: 020 7223 2223

Title:  Orpheus

Artist/Company: Little Bulb

Venue: Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN

Date: 5 – 30 Dec

Time: 7:30pm (3pm matinees on Saturdays)

Price: Cabaret Table: £26 – £35, Standard Seating: £15 – £26
Relaxed performances: 12 Dec at 7:30pm and 22 Dec at 2:30pm

Audio described performances: 15 Dec at 2.30pm

BSL interpreted performances: 20 Dec at 7:30 and 22 Dec at 2:30pm
Press Night: 7 Dec

Booking Link: www.bac.org.uk/orpheus

Box Office: 020 7223 2223

Title:  keep.

Artist/Company: Daniel Kitson

Venue: Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN

Date: 8 –31 Jan 2019

Time: 7:30pm, 2:30pm Sunday matinees

Price: £12

Booking Link: bac.org.uk/kitson

Box Office: 020 7223 2223