The Battersea Arts Centre has announced the programme for this September’s Cook Up Season, an integral part of the organisation’s creative vision. The focus remains on dialogue and collaboration, with an eclectic line-up of finished work and scratch performances.
The season’s flagship show is a new piece by performance poet and rapper Kate Tempest, who follows up her debut play Wasted with spoken word performance Brand New Ancients. This blend of hip hop, poetry and live music tells the story of two ordinary South London families across the generations, exploring the truths of modern urban life.
The theatrical programme during September also includes Etudes: Amsterdam by composer Philip Glass’ protégé John Moran, a show combining sound and movement to convey the feeling of being lost as a touring artist. Comedian Stewart Lee returns to the BAC in John Cage’s Indeterminacy, a reinterpretation of the 1959 piece featuring contemporary pianists Tania Chen and Steve Beresford.
Other companies and artists whose work will be featured during the Cook Up season include Upsticks, Sweetshop Revolution, Ross Sutherland, Andy Field and Lucy Ellinson. The work taking shape within the BAC will also be supported beyond its walls by the introduction of Scratch Online, a digital space that will allow users to connect with one another and share creative ideas throughout the scratch process.
This year the BAC’s Scratch concept and desire to engage with audiences will be taken one step further through a collaboration with Dialogue, the brainchild of critics Jake Orr and Maddy Costa. The venue has announced that this new platform will be taking up a residency for the duration of the season, throughout which it will reassess the role of criticism by creating interaction between theatremakers, audiences and writers.