Homegrown Festival: Occupy

18 Mar 2019 – 12 Apr 2019
Battersea Art Centre

Homegrown Festival: Occupy (18 March 2019 – 12 April 2019), curated by Saad-Eddine Said is an invitation for young artists, collectives, entrepreneurs, activists and local communities to occupy BAC over the period that the UK may exit the EU.

Occupy extends Battersea Arts Centre’s annual week-long celebration of young talent to four weeks – giving a bigger platform for people to engage with the building and its history to present work around worries, hopes and dreams about our shared future.

The month will feature interactive and gig theatre, live games, virtual experiences, opera, hip-hop, and installations. Acclaimed teenage company Sounds Like Chaos present brand new show WOW EVERYTHING IS AMAZING and Conrad Murray premiere’s new show Highrise Estate of Mind. The festival will include Looking For Love, a virtual experience by Fanshen; The Mission, a live game by Exit Productions, work by Contact Theatre Manchester, BAC Phoenix Award winner Amy Leon, Access All Areas, People Film Club, 20 Stories High, Australian company Backbone and many others.

Beyond the artistic programme, Occupy will be an opportunity for communities to come together and rethink our common future through young people’s perspectives.

View the trailer here https://youtu.be/lHVASeSMhZk

Occupy is proudly sponsored by the Foyle Foundation.

Babylon Beyond Borders

15 Feb 2019 – 16 Feb 2019
Bush Theatre

A live streamed performance happening simultaneously in four countries.

Four extraordinary theatres, each deeply rooted in their own community, explore their relationship to home, language and migration. A Brazilian activist at the Pequeno Ato Theatre in São Paulo performs with a chorus of women from Shepherd’s Bush. Musicians at Harlem Stage in New York City act out the experiences of students at the Market Theatre Lab in Johannesburg in a celebration of the possibility and power of cross border encounters.

Devised by Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Pedro Granato, Mwenya Kabwe and Ruthie Osterman.

Project Partners

Bush Theatre (London, UK) – a world-famous home for new plays and an internationally renowned champion of playwrights.

Harlem Stage (NYC, USA) – an award-winning performing arts centre that features diverse local, national, and global artists in music, film, opera, theatre, dance and literature.

Pequeno Ato (São Paulo, Brazil)- award-wining young independent theatre focusing on creating new dramaturgy and contemporary aesthetics.

Market Theatre Lab (Johannesburg, South Africa) was operating as an independent, non-racial theatre during the country’s apartheid regime. The theatre provides a platform for professional performing and visual arts repertoire.

Babylon Festival

4 Feb 2019 – 16 Feb 2019
Bush Theatre

BABYLON Festival is two-week festival celebration the contemporary global influences and experiences of Black and Brown people, from the local influences of Black and Brown people on British culture, through to an international dialogue around contempo- rary exile across the globe.

BABYLON Festival will feature music gigs, queer cabaret, live podcast shows, workshops, and international event BABYLON: BEYOND BORDERS to be live-streamed across London, New York, Johannesburg and Sao Paolo. Gal-dem, the pioneering online and print magazine produced by women and non-binary people of colour, host a celebratory panel and short film screening around the different types of community grass-roots activism happening across London led by Black and Brown people. Our Naked Truths host bespoke art therapy workshop for female-identifying and non-binary people of colour over the age of 60.

Pioneering international event BABYLON: BEYOND BORDERS will feature a simultaneously live-streamed collaboration between four theatres, in four cities across four continents – each theatre deeply rooted in its own community. Artists at Bush Theatre, Harlem Stage (NYC, USA), Pequeno Ato (São Paulo, Brazil) and Market Theatre (Johannesburg, South Africa) will all explore their relationship to Babylon, in relation to land, exile, migration and language. Ruthie Osterman (Bush Theatre) Sarah Elizabeth Charles (Harlem Stage), Pedro Granato (Pequeno Ato) and Mwenya B. Kabwe (The Market Theatre) will meet online and in person for a one-week intensive week in London ahead of a performance taking place simultaneously across the four theatres, connected via live stream from 12 to 16 February.

Using art as a global language alongside new technologies and live media, BABYLON: BEYOND BORDERS will create both a virtual and emotional space, where dialogues can be initiated, narratives shared and cross-border actions fomented.


16 Nov 2018 – 1 Dec 2018
Battersea Art Centre

Mythology, pop culture and graphic novel collide in a multi art form mash up to stimulate your senses.

Al has a secret. He can fly. To break the news to his family and friends, he’s made a graphic novel and is going to turn it into a blockbuster movie.

Created by Winner of The Stage Debut Director Award, Lekan LawalSUPERBLACKMAN explores mental health and representation in this visceral new production.

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