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BAC Presents Autumn Festival of Interactive Work

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The Battersea Arts Centre, one of the London fringe’s most innovative theatres, is opening its doors to Not For Me, Not For You, But For Us, a month-long festival of new work which runs from 14 October to 7 November. Inspired by the Borough of Battersea’s motto – visible on the wall at the venue – the festival will feature performances, events, activities and discussions that rely on audience interaction.

At the heart of the programme is A Small Town Anywhere by ‘agency of adventure and play’, Coney, founded in 2006 by director Tassos Stevens. The show has no performers, instead being led by the audience members present at each performance. Running Monday through Saturday throughout the festival, A Small Town Anywhere invites participants to play a role in a small town community, exploring social relationships through interactions with other protagonists.

Home Sweet Home is part installation, part performerless performance. Taking place over the first four days of Not For Me, Not For You, But For Us (from 14 to 17 October), it offers audiences the chance to build a ‘neighborhood’ in BAC’s Grand Hall. All sorts of materials will be available for the building of ‘homes’ on plots based on the real topography of Battersea and ‘residents’ will be able to return as often as they like over the course of the installation to continue their involvement.

Director Geraldine Pilgrim presents Handbag, a 12-minute performance in the Grand Hall which celebrates the room’s romantic past as a dance venue. Involving both professional and non-professional performers, Handbag will be showing five times on the festival’s Press Night, which takes place on 19 October.

Also running will be activities, performances, installations and discussions by companies including Hide and Seek and Felix’s Machines. Fresh from the British Council showcase at Edinburgh Festival is spoken word artist Inua Ellam’s The 14th Tale (from 19-31 October), and Dance Umbrella presents Wendy Houstoun’s Keep Dancing (from 22 to 24 October and from 5 November to 7 November).


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