Three years after the fire devastated its Grand Hall, Battersea Arts Centre has announced the reopening of the hall with a series of shows and performances titled Phoenix Season. In line with their mission to inspire people to take creative risks and shape their future, the Phoenix Season celebrates Battersea Arts Centre’s role as a developer of inventive artists and as a centre for the entire community.
Throughout the Phoenix Season, Battersea Arts Centre will reenergise the tradition of curtain raisers, presenting tasters of new creative work to audiences and throwing a spotlight on the artists Battersea Arts Centre works with. The curtain raisers encompass artists who are testing new ideas, social entrepreneurs with great ventures, and local charities and voluntary groups presenting their work.
The season will also include the launch of Scratch Hub- a co-working space for 150 start-ups and entrepreneurs, launch of national co-creating change network, takeover by an Up Next artistic director, and 10 special Phoenix Events to celebrate the public’s generous response to the Grand Hall fire. There are 2000 tickets which will be sold at £1 to low income families through Battersea Arts Centre’s Local Roots programme with Wandsworth and Lambeth voluntary groups. They are also launching a new Phoenix Award to offer talented artists the opportunity to develop their work and present it to larger audiences.
Live scribe of upcoming acts by Amber

Live scribe of upcoming acts by Amber

  1. Missing by Gecko (Thu 6 Sep – Sat 15 Sep)- Missing evokes a warped world of striking imagery, multiple languages and beautiful music, and invites the audience to ask: what happens when you choose not to remember?
  2. Adam by National Theatre of Scotland (Tue 18 Sep – Sat 29 Sep)- Featuring a score sung by a virtual choir of trans and non-binary individuals from across the world projected onto the stage, Adam is the remarkable, true story of a young Egyptian trans man and his journey to reconciliation.
  3. Award-winning artist Bryony Kimmings presents the world premiere of I’m a Phoenix, Bitch (Wed 3 Oct – Sat 20 Oct), her first solo show in nearly a decade. Seeing parallels between her own life, the destruction of Battersea Arts Centre’s Grand Hall and world events, Kimmings presents an exploration of strength, regeneration and renewal after disaster.
  4. BAC Beatbox Academy celebrates its 10th birthday with a special gig-theatre performance of Frankenstein (Wed 24 Oct). Inspired by Mary Shelley’s original tale of power and persecution, Frankenstein explores the idea of what makes a modern monster.
  5. Created by 21 year-old music entrepreneur Seshie Henry, I AM NEXT (Thu 25 Oct), the music and online entertainment platform specialising in discovering the best new UK urban music, presents their largest ever night in the Grand Hall. 
  6. UK Beatboxing Championships (Fri 26 – Sat 27 Oct) comes to Battersea Arts Centre for the first time, featuring the country’s premier vocal artists pushing the boundaries of human anatomy and battling for one of the four crowns up for grabs.
  7. Dead Centre‘s deconstructed and absurd take on Chekhov’s First Play (Wed 31 Oct – Sat 10 Nov) explores the essence of Chekhov.
  8. Mythology and pop culture collide in new commission SUPERBLACKMAN (Thu 15 Nov – Sat 1 Dec), a multi-art form mash up that explores power, mental health and representation.
  9. A brand new immersive adventure for the whole family, BAC Production Return to Elm House (Sat 1 Dec – Sun 30 Dec) draws on Battersea Arts Centre’s rich history. Audiences young and old will embark on a quest throughout the building to seek out hidden memories, uncover lost secrets and collect clues to piece together the tale of Elm House – the building that once stood on the site of Battersea Arts Centre.
  10. Little Bulb Theatre perform Orpheus (Wed 5 Dec – Sun 30 Dec), which was developed over two years at Battersea Arts Centre before touring internationally to critical acclaim. 
  11. Daniel Kitson curates and compères A Grand Night Out (Mon 28 Jan 2019), a comedy fundraiser in support of Battersea Arts Centre, featuring Nish Kumar and Bridget Christie with many more names to be announced.

To find out more and book your tickets, visit Phoenix Season.

Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN

Box Office: 020 7223 2223



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