Edinburgh's Forest Fringe Back to BACDate: 3 March 2010
Forest Fringe, the multi-award winning Edinburgh producing outfit, is bringing its unique brand of theatre to Battersea Arts Centre next month for a two-day showcase on 2 and 3 April.
The event is one of four Forest Fringe microfestivals to be staged around the country this spring, bringing together a range of the collective’s favourite artists under one roof.
A single ticket allows BAC audience members to wander the whole building, experiencing works-in-progress from some of the UK’s most innovative theatre artists. The festival will feature one-on-one performances from Brian Lobel, Mel Wilson, Emma Benson and Tania El Khoury, as well as installations by artist Charlotte Jarvis and Forced Entertainment’s Tim Etchells.
Mischa Twitchin, better known for his work at SHUNT in London Bridge, will be staging a performance in the BAC basement and the bar area will be taken over by East London collective Stoke Newington International Airport.
The BAC event will also see the launch of the Forest Fringe Travelling Sounds Library, an archive of audio performances made from recycled hardback books and mp3 players, featuring original work by artists including Stan’s Café, Unlimited Theatre and poet Ryan Van Winkle.
Established in an unconverted church hall at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival, Forest Fringe has won numerous awards in its first three years, including the 2009 Peter Brook Award, a Scotsman Fringe First and a Herald Angel. It was recently named in The Stage’s 100 most influential companies in theatre and has been praised by critics for returning the fringe to its core values of innovation and experimentation.
Co-directors Deborah Pearson and Andy Field have both worked previously at BAC, which has supported the Forest Fringe's artist-led community since its inception. The venue's joint artistic director David Micklem said of the collaboration: “We welcome a new environment for artists and audiences where shows can be developed and the future of theatre given room to seed.”
Following London's microfestival, Forest Fringe travels to the Glasgow Arches (16-17 Apr), the National Theatre of Wales’ Assembly Programme in Swansea (23-24 Apr) and finally to Bristol where it will be taking over the Bristol Old Vic for the city’s annual Mayfest celebrations.