Award-winning artist Bryony Kimmings’ first solo show in nearly a decade and the return of internationally-acclaimed physical theatre company Gecko will feature in Battersea Arts Centre’s Phoenix Season, celebrating the reopening of the Grand Hall, three years after the venue was devastated by fire.
Taken a little time to get here but Kieran Hurley’s 2016 Edinburgh Fringe hit (part of their Made in Scotland showcase 2016) absolutely nails the zeitgeist of our times. With his nervy, urgent, hectic delivery, Hurley’s deeply dystopian take on our world today is a visceral and aural bombardment that is nonetheless told with amazing simplicity.
I’ll admit that I seldom go to BAC. But I have always liked — even loved — that it’s there. It’s a major home for emerging theatre companies, and even if I miss them at the beginning of their lives there, I acknowledge that the building has a major role in developing the talent of the future and the future, in turn, of the theatre.
It is here, after all, that my favourite British musical of the century so far — Jerry Springer the Opera — was born. It’s also where the 1927 company, whose show Golem transfers to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios next month, began.
So it was particularly distressing to hear of the fire that engulfed the venue yesterday — and utterly destroyed its venerable 120 year old Grand Hall.