When: 4th – 29th July 2017
Where: Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN
£: Seated tickets cost £20 – £25 and balcony tickets (standing) cost £10 – £15 (suitable for ages 8+)
What is it?
Little Bulb Theatre returns to Battersea Arts Centre’s new open-air Courtyard this summer to delight family and fun-loving audiences with the joyfully silly production, Extravaganza Macabre, from 4th to 29th July.
A celebration of melodrama, music and mischief set in Victorian London, Extravaganza Macabre was created especially to launch Battersea Arts Centre’s Courtyard last year.
Having gone down a treat, the production invites audiences to get up-close to the slapstick action across ground floor and balcony levels, with Pimm’s and picnic hampers chock-full of British favourites available to add to the summertime experience.
Extravaganza Macabre tells a tale of two passionate lovers separated by a freak storm, leaving their fate in the clutches of a scheming villain, set on keeping them apart forever. With only a clairvoyant maid and a loyal urchin to come to their rescue, a whirlwind of plot twists, original music hall numbers and audience interaction ensues.
The new Courtyard is a unique and intimate space, nestled at the heart of Battersea Arts Centre’s beautiful old town hall building. Designed by Stirling Prize winning architects Haworth Tompkins, the Courtyard was inspired by the radical Teatro Oficina in São Paulo, Brazil. With walls made from a bold mix of old red and shiny white bricks; trapdoors and surprise entrances and exits spread across three levels, add to the 360 degree, open-air fun.
Extravaganza Macabre is part of a series of Playground Projects at Battersea Arts Centre, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, which over the last ten years has supported projects with lasting legacies that touch every part of the organisation. These projects centre around Playgrounding – a unique iterative design process inspired by Battersea Arts Centre’s Scratch methodology – in which creative ideas are tested and shared with members of the public, to find the most robust and innovative approach.
More info: www.bac.org.uk