A season of new political theatre opens this week at south London fringe venue the Battersea Arts Centre. The eight-week season, entitled The Red Room, bills itself as 'a festival of dissent from the heart of new writing'. It is timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of political demonstrations in May 1968 as well as the first anniversary of a New Labour government in the UK.

The festival features six playwrights, both award-winning and up and coming, and several premieres. It is split into three distinct units in order to produce a maximum number of new works. Political themes tackled include personalities such as UK Minister Without Portfolio Peter Mandelson and the late Enoch Powell on his deathbed as well as subjects such as asylum seekers, ethnic tension in Paris, government research, childcare funding, educational standards and ideological conflicts within families.

In addition to the rota of plays, the season will include a regular Sunday club, called Conspiracy, featuring stand-up and video vox-pop.

Contact the Battersea Arts Centre box office on +44-171-223-2223 for further information.