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Battersea Arts Centre - Spring 2013

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

BATTERSEA Arts Centre has announced its Spring 2013 season and it includes live animation, performances in pitch black and captivating cabaret.

The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey – February 14 to March 9 at 7:30pm and Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets: £15, £10 concessions. To book visit

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 audience members’ eyes, set to a captivating live score from exceptional musicians.

The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey received its world premiere at BAC in February 2012. Read more.

Good Friday – February 28 at 8pm. Tickets: £10, £8 concessions. To book visit

Described as moving, charming and devastatingly honest, Good Friday, informally known as The Clinical Depression Concept Album, deals with a troubling issue in an approachable and entertaining way, with tunes and gags.

In 2009, David Parkin suffered from clinical depression. As he recovered he taught himself how to play the piano and found himself writing an album about his breakdown.

Taking to the stage with two talented multi-instrumentalists, Parkin presents the album in his own inimitable, charismatic way. Chatting between songs he tells us of the breakdown and of the love affair between man and piano that blossomed as he wrote the album. Expect beautiful music, scary music, funny music, a bass, a knife, a glockenspiel, the stars at night, two cellos and a black dog.

Ring from David Rosenberg and Glen Neath – March 11 to March 28 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £12, £8 concessions. To book visit

Fuel presents this London premiere of Ring, a sound journey which plays on the senses to create a unique theatrical experience, challenging common theatre conventions.

The performance takes place in complete darkness and the audience are given headphones, through which an immersive thriller places the audience in the centre of a detached reality. The sound design uses binaural sound technology which creates a 3D listening sensation.

Ring is recommended for ages 16+.

Read more about Ring

Boy in a Dress – March 14 to March 16 at 8.30pm. Tickets: £10, £8 concessions. To book visit

Third-gendered, fallen Catholic, ex-fashion model La John Joseph invites you to her raucously political and accidentally profound retrospectacle.

He combines song, vaudeville, proselytising, striptease and postmodern philosophy in an exhilarating collage which explores intersections between faith, gender, class and identity. Travelling from Bootle to Brooklyn, featuring songs ranging from Cole Porter to Guns n Roses, this is described as her frank and almost charming autobiography.

My Robot Heart – March 26 to March 28 at 8.30pm. Tickets: £10, £8 concessions. To book visit

Molly Naylor presents a warm, beguiling and poignant storytelling show with music from folky duo The Middle Ones. Inspired by experiments about love using robots in Japan, Molly offers the tale of three generations of one family and an impending wedding. Together they explore the meanings of love and fear, and the relationship between the two.

Naylor wrote the acclaimed live show (adapted for BBC Radio 4) Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You.