To Do List Picks Its BAC Christmas Cook Up Highlights

To Do List Picks Its BAC Christmas Cook Up Highlights

Christmas Cook Up @ Battersea Arts Centre | November 20 – January 19

The Christmas Cook Up Season at Battersea Arts Centre promises a great programme of events running from November 20th to January 19th, which should distract us from the mince pies and lashings of mulled wine just enough to get us all into 2013 relatively slim and sober!

We’ve picked out our highlights, and also check out the bottom of this article for a list of Scratch performances which are great value (Pay What You Can) and a great way to see how performances develop and evolve into the final product.

To Do List Highlights

The Coming Storm by Forced Entertainment
November 20 – December 1

See our preview article here, which includes an interview with Forced Entertainment Artistic Director, Tim Etchells.

They Say: “In this new work international innovators Forced Entertainment tangle and cross-cut multiple stories to make a compelling and unstable performance. From love and death to sex and laundry, from shipwrecks to falling snow, personal anecdotes rub shoulders with imaginary movies, and half-remembered novels bump into distorted fairytales.”

Midnight’s Pumpkin by Kneehigh
December 8 – January 13

We Say: “The centrepiece in BAC’s Christmas Season, Midnight’s Pumpkin looks set to be a show for everyone, from the grandkids to the grandparents! An evening of story-telling and celebration is promised, and if that’s not enough, there will also be pre-show performances in the café/bar from Little Bulb Theatre (previewing their upcoming show Orpheus) and Ryan Van Winkle (with a one-on-one performance installation, Red Like Our Room Used To Feel).

They Say: Night is falling and preparations are well underway for a Royal Ball, but with a guest list that includes an evil step-mother, ugly sisters and Prince Charming, you are in for a night of mischievous magic all before the clock strikes 12. A tipsy, tingling and foot-stomping new Christmas Caper – so grab your dancing shoes and glass slippers and head down to the Ball.”

Northern Soul by Victoria Melody
14 & 15 December

We Say: We loved Victoria Melody’s Major Tom earlier in the year, and she’s back with a new one-woman show directed by another of our favourite people, Ursula Martinez. We’ll definitely be there!

They Say: “Directed by international phenomenon and star of La Clique Ursula Martinez. Northern Soul is a hilarious one-woman show about Victoria’s attempts at joining in.

Her eccentric ethnographic approach to making performances has found her living with pigeon fanciers and learning to northern soul dance in strangers’ living rooms.

Immersing herself in other people’s worlds, Victoria examines national characteristics, focusing on the extraordinary in the everyday. She explores Britain’s pastimes, passions and tribes. A treasure trove of films, photos and paraphernalia accompany her journey in this comedic, engaging and hopeful performance.”

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Little Angel Theatre
January 3 – January 19

We Say: Dragging us into 2013, Little Angel Theatre in association with Kneehigh bring some top-notch puppetry to BAC with A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings. Based on the short story by Gabriel García Márquez, from his 1955 collection Leaf Storm, the production follows the tale of a fantastical winged creature who lands in a small seaside village and cures the sick. .

They Say: “Inspired by Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s story ,this is a startling world of ruined beauty and magic reality where everyone dreams of their five minutes of fame and riches, and the extraordinary takes flight. It is a universal tale questioning belief, greed, how people react to the unknown and how we treat each other in exceptional circumstances. Marquez’s original story is set in his native Columbia and was written for children. The Little Angel Theatre/Kneehigh version follows Garcia’s storyline but has been set in a rural English seaside town. The company worked together alongside script writer Anna Maria Murphy to translate Garcia’s written word into a visual feast.”

Scratch Performances

Something We Don’t Talk About | 23 & 24 November | 8pm | Pay What You Can
Hollie McNish

Modelling Play | 29 & 30 November | 8.30pm | Pay What You Can
Boho Interactive with Coney and Applespiel

The Many Apologies of Pecos Bill | 6 – 8 December | 9pm | Pay What You Can
Greg Wohead

Orpheus | 20 – 22 December | 7.15pm | Pay What You Can
Little Bulb

Living Things | 20 – 22 December | 8pm | Pay What You Can
Anna Beecher

Standby For Tape Back Up | 20 – 22 Dec | 8.30pm | Pay What You Can
Ross Sutherland

My Name is Rifnur | 20 – 22 December | 9pm | Pay What You Can
Mabel Jones

Another Voice I Listen To | 17 – 19 January | 8pm | Pay What You Can
Ellen McDougall and Mark Arends

Multimos | 18th & 19th January | 7.30pm | Pay What You Can
Bunty feat. King Zacky ensemble and Metaluna

Stuart Wilson

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I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like: nice pubs, film marathons, not doing real marathons, bad comedy, plays/musicals with shorter second halves, and the Oxford comma.