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Battersea Arts Centre - Autumn 2013

Season preview

BATTERSEA Arts Centre has announced its programme for Autumn 2013 and it includes:

The Various Lives of Infinite Nullity – October 7 to October 12 at 8:45pm. Running Time: 60minutes. Tickets: £12, £9 concessions.

Maybe this world is another planet’s hell. Aldous Huxley.

Award-winning Clout Theatre takes a look at human frailty and the essential comedy in the meaninglessness of our lives. A visually arresting poem to the dead and the damned and an absurd take on religious morality.

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Caesarian Section: Essays on Suicide – October 11 to October 18 (no show on October 13) at 7:30pm. Running Time: 55 minutes. Tickets: £12, £9 concessions. Age guidance: 13+.

Winner of the Herald Angel Award and Total Theatre Award, Edinburgh Fringe 2012, Caesarean Section is about suicidal impulse and the involuntary force that pulls us back from the brink. Using intense physicality, Teatr ZAR deliver a powerful performance through music and movement. The music was developed from a base of polyphonic Corsican songs woven with Bulgarian, Romanian, Icelandic and Chechen influences.

The show is the second section of Gospels of Childhood The Triptych, originally produced for the Fabbrica Europa festival in Florence, 2007.

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Gym Party – October 15 to November 2 (no show on October 20, 26 or 27) at 8pm. Running Time: 65 minutes. Tickets: £12, £9 concessions. Previews £8.

These are the brains of Those Who Have Passed. Those who could not keep up. Those who lost, the disqualified, the eliminated-from-heats. The dead: the dead-to-us-now.

A razor sharp and slightly dark three-way contest and a hilariously confused call-to-arms, Gym Party explores the psychology of winning and the nature of pride: the desire to be and get the most, in all its triumphant and ugly incarnations.

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Holocene, with David Sheppeard – October 18 and 19 at 7:45pm. Running Time: 60 minutes. Tickets: £12, £9 concessions.

Reflections on eruptions, both geological and emotional, in a world intent on destruction.

The true story of French volcanologists Maurice and Katia Krafft, who spent their lives on the edge of annihilation, collides with the everyday anxieties of adulthood in this new play about the lengths we go to to forget our own fragility.

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The Many Apologies of Pecos Bill – October 22 and 23 at 9pm. Running Time: 60 minutes. Tickets: £12, £9 concessions.

This is a show about being far from home. Using true storytelling and live music by Mat Martin, Greg Wohead will attempt to reach backward across the ocean.

Read more about The Many Apologies of Pecos Bill.

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Wuthering Heights – October 22 to October 26 at 8:45pm. Running Time: 60 minutes. Tickets: £12, £9 concessions.

Peter McMaster’s award-winning, all male version of Emily Bronte’s classic novel re-visits the landscapes and lives of the characters from this seminal text, and places them alongside a poignant and significant exploration of what it means to be a ‘man’ living in the world today.

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Fatherland – October 23 to November 2 (no shows October 27 – 29) at 7:30pm. Running Time: 70 minutes. Tickets: £12, £9 concessions.

Born to a Scottish father (whom she met only once, aged sixteen), Nic Green follows the mystery of her paternal line, evoking the lands of ancestors through the dance of drum and moustache. Accompanied by an ensemble of drums, she draws on the energies and archetypes of her bloodline: the cathartic, intoxicating dances of the terra firma; the ancient warrior women painted and wild; the sadness of the songs, lost and forgotten and the complex psycho-geography of this land.

Fatherland celebrates the complex beauty of relationships and of realising one’s place in the world.

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Stationary Excess, a one-off performance of the cult-hit debut show from Made In China, not seen in London since 2010 – October 26 at 8pm. Running Time: 60 minutes. Tickets: £12, £9 concessions.

Imprisoned on an exercise bicycle, a lone woman tells the story of an extraordinary man. Stationary Excess is a daringly honest solo performance that evokes the absurdity and pain of being alone.

A hilarious and intimate experience that will scream out to anyone who has ever loved and lost.

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Memories of Suburbia – October 30 at 9:15pm. Running Time: 35 minutes, Tickets: £6.

A solo performance by Will Dickie, portraying the experiences of suburbia.

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The Great Escape – A Borrower’s Tale, conceived and created by Kazuko Hohki, written and designed by Kazuko Hohki and Andy Cox – October 30 to November 3. Check website for full schedule. Running Time: 75 minutes. Tickets: £12, £9 children and concessions. Ages 6 – 11.

Based on The Borrowers by Mary Norton, The Great Escape – A Borrower’s Tale leads children on a fully-supervised adventure in a quest to find Bob the Borrower. Parents are welcome to accompany their children on their mission but they can also leave them for the duration of this fully-supervised performance.

Parents and carers can relax in BAC’s family-friendly café and enjoy a slice of homemade cake, while their children enjoy an unforgettable adventure. 0-5s can play in BAC’s magical indoor play space, The Bee’s Knees, accompanied by their carers. There is an entry fee of £2.50 per child (adults and under 1s go free).

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Landscape II – November 5 and 6 at 8pm. Running Time: 60 minutes. Tickets: £12, £9 concessions.

Three women separated by a hundred years start a conversation across time. Their parallel experiences reveal shared imaginings of identity and escape, as menacing undercurrents steal into their solitary and reflective lives. Their letters, diaries, drawings and photographs expose a series of threatening episodes and unsettling occurrences. As the landscape presses in on them, they draw upon the threads that connect them to survive.

Landscape II is a compelling solo work by Melanie Wilson. This bold hybrid of performance, film and sound art creates a highly contemporary and minutely observed piece of new theatre.

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Love Letters Straight From Your Heart – November 7 and 8 at 8pm. Running Time: 80 minutes. Tickets: £12, £9 concessions.

Uninvited Guests stage an event that is somewhere between a wedding reception, a wake and a radio dedication show. We speak of our own and other’s loves – deep, passionate, ambivalent and unrequited – and dedicate songs to them. If you want to join us on this happy occasion, send a dedication to someone you love to

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The Unbuilt Room – November 7 to November 23 (Thursday to Saturday only) at 6:30pm, 7pm, 9:15pm and 9:45pm. Running Time: 20 minutes. Tickets: £5.

The Unbuilt Room is a performance-game exploring how places create memories… and how memories create places. Without leaving your seat, explore a version of Battersea Arts Centre which probably never existed.

A new version created especially for Battersea Arts Centre, this verbal maze is immersive, imagined theatre inspired by choose-your-own-adventure stories, early text-adventure computer games and Alan Turing’s famous test. Originally developed at the Nightingale, Brighton.

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Sister (preview) – November 14 to November 16 at 7:45pm. Running Time: 60 minutes. Tickets: £8.

Amy and Rosana are sisters, born exactly 22 months apart in the mid 80s. Amy works in the sex industry. Rosana is a lesbian with a shaved head and hairy arm pits. They are both feminists.

This performative exploration of female sexuality will see them revealing everything in an attempt to understand their own and each other’s sexual identities, and how the world they grew up in together has shaped them into who they are today. This is a preview performance of a show which is in an ongoing process of continued development.

Rosana Cade is an artist based in Glasgow who creates work that challenges perceptions of sexuality and celebrates diversity. She has performed all over the UK and Ireland, and is co-founder of BUZZCUT.

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Phantasmagoria – November 14 to November 16 at 9pm. Running Time: 75 minutes. Tickets: £12, £9 concessions.

Inspired by philosopher Jean Baudrillard’s theories, JPP Collective examine the human inability to distinguish reality from simulation through their unashamed celebration of the conventions of comedy and theatre. Performed by: H Plewis, Toshiko Kurata, Valentina Muhr and Patrizia Paolini.

Previous collaborators: Angus Brown, Dimitra Varvarigou, Joe Yatsky, Maria Jesus Gonzalez and Minsun Park.

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The Poof Downstairs – November 15 and 16 at 7pm. Running Time: 55 minutes. Tickets: £12, £9 concessions.

When he was fourteen, Jon Haynes wrote the first draft of the autobiographical play that eventually became The Poof Downstairs. He sent it to every theatre in the country. No one wanted it. Several years later, Haynes returned to the earlier work. He would play the part of himself and get two actor friends to play his parents. Or so he thought…

Artistic director of Ridiculusmus, Jon Haynes, returns to Battersea Arts Centre with this ‘very, very funny’ (Time Out) one man show.

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Tomorrow’s Parties – November 19 to November 23 at 7:45pm, November 23 matinee at 2pm. Post show discussions: November 20 and 21. Running Time: 80 minutes. Tickets: £15, £12 concessions.

International innovators Forced Entertainment’s latest performance imagines a multitude of hypothetical futures. Tomorrow’s Parties is Forced Entertainment in intimate and comical mode – a playful, poignant and at times delirious look forwards to futures both possible and impossible.

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BAC is presenting two of Adrian Howells’ pieces this autumn:

Unburden (Saying the Unsaid) – November 19, every 30 minutes: 2pm – 5:30pm and 7pm – 9pm; November 20, every 30 minutes: 11am – 12:30pm, 2pm – 5:30pm and 7pm – 9pm. Running Time: 20 – 30 minutes. Tickets: £12, £9 concessions.

Providing individuals with a meaningful opportunity to unburden themselves, “to get something off their chest” and “to wipe the slate clean”, the performance will be in the form of a conversational exchange within a candlelit environment and include a small, symbolic ‘cleansing’ ritual. Participants should hope to explore the unsaid in their life and to share some of their thoughts and feelings in a warm, loving and non-judgmental environment, leaving the space feeling in some way ‘lighter’ and unburdened.

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Salon Adrienne – November 21 at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm and 7pm; November 22 at 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm and 7pm. Running Time: 40 minutes. Tickets: £12, £9 concessions.

Adrienne is a trainee hairdresser at Ocean, Lavender Hill, and is itching to get her hands on your locks, tease your tendrils and, if you’re lucky, fondle your follicles. She will also give you a genuine Indian head massage. Without the aid of soft focus, she will encourage you to take a long hard look at yourself in the mirror and talk about what you see there. Adrienne is committed to the facilitation of an individual’s personal growth, so will be available to perform on-site radical face-lifts with a pair of tweezers and some gaffa tape, at no additional cost. (Because Adrienne is not yet fully qualified, she will NOT be cutting any actual hair!).

NB: This performance does not take place at Battersea Arts Centre. Please book your ticket through the box office or online, but arrive for your appointment at Ocean Hair Salon, 289 Lavender Hill, Clapham Junction, where your ticket will be held. The salon is about a 10 minute walk from Battersea Arts Centre.

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