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  • Programme

    Battersea Arts Centre and Bloomberg present

  • BAC and Bloomberg Present

    The Good NeighbourDiscover the hidden stories of Battersea

    We hope you enjoyed The Good Neighbour at Battersea Arts Centre. Thank you for coming. We have created the show because we are interested in our theatres role in the local community. We have tried to represent some of the historical and contemporary stories of our community and we are on a journey to better understanding the values of Battersea, includ-ing its mid-19th century motto Not For Me, Not For You, But For Us.

  • BACs mission is to invent the future of theatre. The Good Neighbour fits into that mission by trying to find new ways for families and groups to enjoy theatre. The experience is very much a home-made affair with many BAC staff and regular BAC artists coming together. With terrific support from Bloomberg and Arts Council England we have found a way to keep the ticket prices low and free for under 6s. Wed love to hear about your experi-ence of The Good Neighbour. Please do email us on the address below and tell us your thoughts and what else you would you like to see happening at Battersea Arts Centre?

    thegoodneighbour@bac.org.uk

  • Early InvestigatorsCreated and designed by

    Jeannine Inglis-Hall and Gary CampbellPerformed by Thomas Martin

    The Early Investigators journey has been created in The Bees Knees, BACs indoor playground for 0-5 year olds. Gary and Jeannine make and design spaces that are worth exploring. They work with performers to devise work that is strongly influenced by its environment and the audience that inhabit it. The design for The Good Neighbour is particularly inspired by their son Henry and their interest in creating a space for play that is not a typical playground.

    Gary and Jeannine designed and devised the bedroom and performance Where the Wild Things Sleep at BAC in 2011 and more recently they designed the foyer space for Camden Peoples Theatre.

    Gary is an associate lecturer on the BA Performance Design and Practice at Central St Martins. He is Co-Artistic Director of Stoke Newington Inter-national Airport and an elder of Coney. Jeannine designed Early Days of a Better Nation for Coney.

  • Young Adventurers

    Creative Director: Sarah GoldingAssociate Creative Director: Ruth Dudman

    Devising Collaborator: Tom BowtellScratch Devising Collaborator: Tiernan DouiebCreative Consultant: Andy WhiteWorkshop Consultant: Ian GoldingStage Manager: Liz EllacottDesign Team: Russell Hill and Libby Blackwell

    Young Adventurers Company:Tara BolandJunior BonnickTom BowtellAlexandra DonnachieMonique DuchenJessica FrancombeDan McGowanMatt OdellSarah PorteousNina SmithLinden Walcott-Burton

    Commission spaces created by:Bryony Kimmings Kazuko HohkiConeyRuth Paton-JoplinSheila GhelaniMatthew Blake Kirsty Harris

    Photograph by James Allan

  • Three years ago BAC began developing new theatre shows in partnership with children from local primary schools in Wandsworth, supported by Arts Council England. The shows have included Kazuko Hohkis A Great Escape: A Borrow-ers Tale; Polarbears Mouth Open, Story Jump Out; and Hannah Ringhams The Present. The Good Neighbour: The Young Adventurers is the culmination of a series of schools projects.

    Sarah Golding has sixteen years experience of managing participatory arts education programmes, including four years as Participate Director at BAC and her current role as Associate Artistic Director. Sarah is a Co-Founder of Fuel Theatre and has helped leading artists, including Punchdrunk and Fevered Sleep, to devel-op participatory work for children and young people. Sarah is currently leading a new programme of work at BAC to produce high quality new theatre productions aimed at children and young people.

    Ruth Dudman spent several years as a producer at BAC, during which time she worked closely with Sarah Golding on BACs schools programme. Since leav-ing BAC, she has worked as Creative Producer at the Basement in Brighton, and currently works as a freelance producer. She is a founding member of SOUP, a group of independent producers and artistic director of Undercurrent, a festival for families in Shoreham- by- sea.

    Photographs by James Allan

  • dirty laundry to oil conversations on seemingly difficult subjects. She has presented her work in theatres and clubs across the globe including Antifest (Finland), Culturgest (Lisbon), Frieze Art Fair (USA), Soho Theatre, Assembly Rooms and Brighton Festival. Kablooey! is her first show for young people. The Pam Ayers of Performance Art The GuardianA wacky sweetheart with a delightful anything goes air The Timeswww.bryonykimmings.com

    Stage Manager: Jane BellamySet Design and Costume: David Curtis Ring www.davidcurtis-ring.blogspot.co.ukSet Design Assistant: Lauren FreedmanThis piece was developed as part of a schools residency with year 4 pupils at Sacred Heart; and with advice from year 5 at Falconbrook, and year 3 classes at St Faiths and Allfarthing.

    Commissioned ArtistsBryony KimmingsBryony Kimmings is an award winning per-formance artist from Cambridge. She creates full-length theatre work, audio installations and cabaret. Her work is mega-colourful, hyper-hon-est, always participatory, sometimes dangerous but above all very-very fun. She is inspired by the taboos and anomalies of British culture and her work often promotes the airing of her own

    Kazuko HohkiA founder member of the pop performance group Frank Chickens with whom she has released 5 albums, toured worldwide and won Fosters Comedy God Award in 2010. Kazukos past performance work includes Toothless, My Husband is a Spaceman, Herald Angel and Total Theatre Award winning Evidence for the Existence of Borrowers (collaboration with ex

    The Beat and Fine Young Cannibals guitarist/artist, Andy Cox) and Last Night I dreamed I Was An Eskimo (commissioned by Nordland Visual Theater in Norway in 2010). Kazuko and Andy created The Great Escape - A Borrowers Tale, as a Christmas show for BAC in 2010, You Only Live Twice (But Die Once) for the One on One Festival at BAC (2011), Tottenham Travesties for Birmingham Rep (2011) and Incontinental (2012), She Is currently developing a new multi-media production Man From Fukushima. www.kazukohohki.com

    Created by Kazuko Hohki in collaboration with Andy CoxWith thanks to Nao Nagai and film maker, Yutaka KitamuraThis piece was developed with advice from year 4 children at Sacred Heart School

  • Other work includes designs for the RSC, RNT, Opera North, Glyndebourne, ENO, ETO, Live Theatre Newcastle, Hull Truck and the Oxford School of Drama.www.portfoliopatonjopling.blogspot.co.uk

    This piece was developed with advice from two year 6 classes at Furzedown Primary School

    Ruth PatonRuth Paton has worked as a designer at BAC on and off for 15 years. Other productions here include Newsnight the Opera, Matins for the Virgin of Guadeloupe, Gamblers and an instal-lation project for the One on One Festival. She has also worked on many outreach and partici-patory projects including those with Kneegigh and Punchdrunk.

    Sheila GhelaniSheila makes work that manifests in a range of media (video, object, participatory event, per-formance etc). She works both as a solo and collaborative artist.She has shown work at venues and festivals across Europe including Belluard Bollwerk International in Switzerland and the Wellcome Collection in London.

    As a collaborative artist she is a long-standing Associate Artist of Blast Theory and has toured and performed nationally and internationally for them and many other companies. She also teaches in academic contexts and regularly mentors artists and students and gives public talks. Her work is informed by her own experience of being mixed heritage. She is interested in the relationship between art and science with particular focus on hybridity, crossings, blood, skins, skinning, carefully controlled experiments, colour, genetics and love. www.sheilaghelani.co.uk

    Lighting Design: Hannah May (For BAC)A six-week research and development period was undertaken at BAC, St Marys and Sacred Heat Primary schools in Spring 2012, during the making of this show, where ideas were developed in collaboration with children from year 6 and year 4. With thanks to all the children involved, and their teachers, Angela Brown and Desiree Miskimmon.

    Commissioned Artists

  • ConeyConey makes theatre, adventure and play for anyone, anywhere. Their work ranges from large scale theatrical pieces to experiences for individuals and adventures in the classroom. Coneys previous projects at BAC include A Small Town Anywhere, The Loveliness Prin-ciple and A Cat Escapes

    www.youhavefoundconey.netCreated by Georgina Bednar and Tom BowtellDesigned by Libby BlackwellPeformed by Michael Cusick & Toby Peach

    Coneys commsion piece was developed with advice from year 5 classes at Riversdale Pri-mary and Allfarthing Primary during workshops at BAC in Summer 2012. With thanks to the children involved and their teachers Camilla Foster and Kelly Sou.

    Kirsty Harris & Matthew BlakeDespite Kirsty Harris and Matthew Blake having worked with BAC in various capaci-ties for a combined time of 13 years, this is their first collaboration together. Matthew has regularly created work with companies Gideon Reeling and Punchdrunk and is a vocalist & percussionist in a Music Hall band called The Dead Victorians. Kirsty is an artist and theatre

    maker. She has worked with companies including WildWorks, Kneehigh and Punchdrunk. She also makes her own solo

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