On Friday 13 March, the #BACPhoenix hashtag tore through Twitter as news spread of a fire destroying the glorious 120 year old Grand Hall of Battersea Arts Centre, it soon became clear that this ‘phoenix’ was not a mere reference to the flames that burned but a symbol of the power that fuelled the campaign to raise the famed centre back from the ashes.
Defying all odds and fears, within days, Battersea Arts Centre’s doors were back open, never once missing a beat when it comes to fulfilling their motto of ‘inventing the future of theatre’.
Having helped too-many-to-name theatre makers and performers launch their careers on their stages, now it’s their turn – and ours as the faithful audience – to repay the favour. As part of the BAC Phoenix Fund, powering the recovery and restoration of the theatre, on Saturday 18 April, Southbank Centre play host to the BAC Fundraiser – and have invited some former BAC alumni to help out.
With tickets starting at just £10 up to VIP tickets for £100, the Royal Festival Hall stage will be filled with the best in comedy, theatre, literature, music and cabaret that was borne from BAC over the years. Stewart Lee, Tim Key, Bridget Christie, Arthur Smith and Mackenzie Crook lead the comedy; Lemn Sissay and Toby Jones the literature; Forced Entertainment for theatre plus BAC’s own Beatbox Academy and numbers from the Kneehigh Band and Jerry Springer the Opera.
All money raised from the event will go towards the BAC Phoenix Fund as they speed towards their £1million goal that will help them survive the next three years without the Grand Hall.
Guaranteed to be an unforgettable night of celebration of the legacy and future of those who step through the doors at the BAC.
BAC Fundraiser is taking place on Saturday 18 April at:
Royal Festival Hall
Tel: 020 7960 4200
Buy your tickets from Southbank Centre.
How can you help? Whether it’s a donation, campaigning or volunteering, find out how you can support the BAC Phoeni Fund: bac.org.uk/phoenix