This September the Battersea Arts Centre will be overrun by innovative live art, dance and theatre practitioners taking part in Scratch Festival 2009. Taking place over three long weekends from 10 to 26 September, Scratch will feature BAC favourites including spoken word artist Polar Bear and interdisciplinary company Curious, as well as many companies making their debut at the respected South London venue.

Evening festival tickets cost £5 and grant holders access to events happening all over the building, from studios and office spaces to attics and cupboards. This eclectic mix of work has been created with reference to three key themes: “Reasons for Living”; “Democracy”; and the work of filmmaker David Lynch. During the first weekend (10-12 September) visitors to Scratch will also be able to see work from graduating artists and companies as part of The Graduates Festival.

In addition to the wide variety of work going on over the three weekends BAC will be presenting Little Bulb’s Crocosmia, winner of a Fringe First and Total Theatre Award at the Edinburgh Fringe 2008. The show, which will be taking place every night of the festival, tells the story of a set of siblings seeking to make sense of the world through puppetry, singing, slide shows and music.

During the final weekend (25-26 September) there will be the first ever London staging of Rules and Regs, a practice-led development for makers of Live Art. Artists David Hoyle, Deborah Pearson, Sharon Smith and Swen Steinhauser will be creating work in response to ‘rules’ devised by BAC over the whole period of the festival and presenting it over the final two evenings.

Scratch tickets holders can pay £3 to upgrade their tickets to see each of these shows, or alternatively tickets can be purchased separately for those not attending Scratch.

BAC has a strong history of scratch-produced work, creating critically acclaimed shows including Punchdrunk’s The Masque of The Red Death and 1927’s Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, and more recently, Nic Green’s extraordinary Trilogy, which has received five star reviews and won awards at this year’s Edinburgh Festival. The venue is committed to this style of development process, believing it key to the creation of what artistic directors David Jubb and David Micklem call “the theatre of the future”.