“Over Battersea, some hope and some theatre” by Grace Wakes
Posted on Monday 5 May
Photo source: Battersea Arts Centre (click on photo for original)
Hello! Hope everyone is getting excited for all of the live theatre and workshops which is coming to Darlington next week. In celebration of the Jabberwocky Market launch, I thought I would delve a bit further into the background of the Festival.
The Jabberwocky Market maybe individual to Darlington, but it is part of a much bigger project and is just one of six festivals that are taking place in towns across the UK. As well as Darlington, Hull, Gloucester, Thanet, Great Yarmouth and Torbay have been selected to hold a festival as they have been identified as being perceived of having a lack of small scale theatre, even more poignant in Darlington since the closure of our Arts Centre.
The Battersea Arts Centre is working in partnership with the Collaborative Touring Networking to present four shows across these towns, of course these being; Shame, Major Tom, 97 Years and Team of the Decades. As the Battersea Arts Centre is a large part of the Jabberwocky Market, I thought I would explore what it is all about.
Before I got involved with the Jabberwocky Market Festival, I wasn’t aware that the Battersea Arts Centre even existed, let alone knowing that it’s ‘Britain’s most influential theatre’. (The Guardian)
Whenever I heard the word Battersea, I would always associate it with the Dogs Home, the Power Station and the lyric out of the Morrissey’s song, You’re The One For Me Fatty, ‘Over Battersea, some hope and some despair,’ hence the title of this post! If you haven’t heard it before, take a listen here and you’ll see what I mean.
The most fascinating thing about Battersea Arts Centre for me is the ‘scratch evenings’ which they hold, this is the opportunity for an artist or a group to perform an unfinished piece in front of an audience and request feedback on what’s good about the play or what needs to have more focus. The Jabberwocky Market is holding it’s very own Scratch Night on Friday 16th at the Voodoo Café from 7pm and I believe this is a great opportunity to know that your opinions will help to shape a piece which will be performed in the future across the country.
The other element of the Battersea Arts Centre which I love is their passion for improving communities through the arts, something which is very close to my heart as I believe culture can bring people from different backgrounds together. Each year an astounding 100,000 people visit the Battersea Arts Centre, which is housed in a beautiful grade II listed old town hall, so they must be doing something right. So if you’re ever visiting London remember to visit the Battersea Arts Centre and tell them just how great the Jabberwocky Market is!
Until next time, take care, Grace
Re-posted from the main Jabberwocky Market website