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BAC - Gods, Myths and Legends Season

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

Gods, Myths and Legends, a season presented in Battersea Arts Centre’s Grand Hall, sees mythical characters catapulted into modern day settings as three epic shows return.

Created in partnership with groundbreaking artists through Battersea Arts Centre’s Scratch process, they are Orpheus, Brand New Ancients and The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey.

Orpheus, by award-winning Little Bulb Theatre, runs from April 8 to May 17, 2014.

Be transported to 1930s Paris where legendary musician, Django Reinhardt, has been cast as the lead in a new production of Orpheus. Your host for the evening is the charismatic songstress Yvette Pépin. With her troupe of operatic players she performs the thrilling tale of Orpheus’s ill-fated descent into the underworld to reclaim his lost love, Eurydice.

Set to a live score of hot club jazz, opera and French chanson, Orpheus is a musical re-imagining of the Greek myth.

Battersea Arts Centre’s opulent Grand Hall complete with its majestic 20th Century organ will become a 1930s music hall for a glamorous and unique night out in a bygone era.

Tickets:: £15 – £25. To book, visit

Times: 7.30pm, with Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

Brand New Ancients, by Kate Tempest, runs from April 18 to April 20, 2014.

The gods are in the betting shops, the gods are in the cafe, the gods can’t afford the deposit on their flat…Winged sandals tearing up the pavement, Me, you, everyone, brand new ancients.

Poet and spoken word artist, Kate Tempest, tells an everyday epic over an exhilarating live score played by tuba, cello, violin, drums and electronics, that finds the gods of today all around us and reveals that our true heroes are much closer than we think.

Tickets: £12 standard seats, £15 cabaret table seats. To book, visit

Time: 7.30pm.

The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey runs from April 22 to April 23, 2014.

Raging storms and supernatural forces prevail over one man’s almighty quest to get home. Immerse yourself in a journey through the high seas, soak up the adventure and encounter danger and exhilaration.

Homer’s cornerstone of literature is vividly told with beautiful illustration and masterful puppetry. Cinematic projection and cunning tricks transform a suitcase full of cut-out paper puppets into an array of living characters and striking landscapes. A silent film is created before your eyes, set to a captivating live score from exceptional musicians.

Tickets: Standard seat £15, Cabaret seats £17.50. To book, visit

Time: 7.30pm.

See also BAC’s 2014 Spring Cook Up Season.