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Battersea Arts Centre presents For One Week Only



Preview by Jack Foley

IN 2000, the Boyden report, and its subsequent funding injection, led to a rebirth in British regional theatre.

Unfortunately, only a very small body of regional work ever makes it into central London due to the phenomenal costs involved in putting on a London show.

In February 2005, however, Battersea Arts Centre will be aiming to change this with the launch of For One Week Only, a new three week-long season that will present the work of three regional theatre companies for one-week-only runs.

Explains David Jubb, BAC's artistic director: "If you’re a bright regional company and you want to hit London, you’re up against sky-high outgoings, only enough London friends to fill half a theatre for one night and the inflexible demands of London theatre managers - 'you must do three weeks otherwise the press won't come'.

"This explains why new regional riches are not finding their way into London."

For One Week Only is therefore designed to provide a supportive opportunity for three brilliant companies, with three very different shows, to hit London either for the first time or for a return visit.

The three theatre companies are Cartoon de Salvo (Surrey), Hoax (Bristol) and Uninvited Guests (Bristol).

For Cartoon de Salvo, For One Week Only is an affordable way to return to BAC with their latest touring production, allowing them to build on the successes of previous BAC runs.

For Hoax and Uninvited Guests, the season offers the chance to build up a London fanbase and to bag a kindly word from London-based media.

In return, Londoners will get the chance to see the incredible work created in the shadowy world outside the M25 without going beyond zone 2.

First up, Cartoon de Salvo return to BAC with their latest adventure, The Chaingang Gang (pictured).

Five escaped convicts, still chained together, embark on an epic quest across jungles, deserts and oceans in search of their freedom.

With a trademark mix of impro, live music and inventive storytelling, The Chaingang Gang follows Cartoon de Salvo’s previous hits Meat & Two Veg and Ladies & Gentlemen.

In week two, Hoax Productions presents Raw Beef (Fringe First, 2004).

Two bald men in tutus navigate the claustrophobia of human relationships and suicide attempts using only a broom, a box, and a rope in a room with no doors.

Al Seed and Ivan Marcos present a high-octane physical performance full of nonsense babble that results in a highly surreal comedy and very real human drama about emotional descent.

The final week presents Schlock, by Uninvited Guests.

Mixing real acts of violence and pints of fake blood, Schlock explores bodily trauma and fears about accidents or violent attacks through the erotics of TV hospital dramas and horror flicks. This disconcerting night of theatre is a darkly comic response to today’s media saturated culture.

For One Week Only runs from Tuesday, February 1 until Sunday, February 20, 2005. Call the Box Office on 020 7223 2223.

See any two shows for £18 (£9 conc) or see any three shows for £27 (£14 conc) (Tickets must be booked at the same time)

Cartoon de Salvo, The Chaingang Gang: From Feb 1 - 6
8.30pm (Sun 6.30pm)
Tickets: £10.50 (£5.50)
There will be a post-show discussion Wed, Feb 2.

Hoax, Raw Beef: From Feb 8 until Feb 13 (not Wed 9)
8.30pm (Sun 6.30pm)
Tickets: £10.50 (£5.50)
There will be a post-show discussion on Thursday, Feb 10.

Uninvited Guests, Schlock, in collaboration with sound artist Duncan Speakman: From Feb 15 to 20.
8.30pm (Sun 6.30pm)
Tickets: £10.75 (£5.50)
There will be a post-show discussion on Wednesday, Feb 16.

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