If you like the West End but can’t keep up with theatre prices you might want to try the Battersea Arts Centre Scratch Nights. At only £1 a show (or pay as you go), BAC Scratch showcases their artists in residence and allows them to test their ideas on a live audience to get feedback in the process – and such is the quality of the shows, even Jerry Springer the Opera was created through the Scratch process.
Located not far from the trendy Northcote Road in Clapham Junction, the BAC is definitely a cool place to be. I went to see the multi-talented spoken-word poet, rapper-cum-playwright Kate Tempest a few months ago, and against futuristic background music, the tattooed wordsmith was funny, witty, and entertaining, linking the theme of mythology to young peoples’ struggle in society.
What’s also great about the BAC is the atmosphere (you can bring your drinks from the bar into the show) and meet the actors themselves, so for raw theatre that’s good on the pocket, the BAC Freshly Scratched Christmas show takes place on December 22-23 2011. (Words: Zaneta Denny)
For more info visit www.bac.org.uk.