'There is very little of real interest in British theatre that hasn't passed at some point through BAC.' The Guardian
BAC is one of the UK's most ground-breaking theatres, renowned for creating work that is cutting edge and form-busting. We have a Main House and two studio spaces where you can see some of the most exciting and innovative work in London. BAC is the home of 'Scratch Nights' where artists try out new ideas for the first time - Jerry Springer The Opera was created in BAC's Main House through our Scratch process. BAC has developed a reputation for being the venue to see work before it becomes more commercially successful.
BAC is a very lively venue and has a busy café bar which serves food at lunchtimes and snacks in the evenings. Situated in Clapham Junction, in South West London, BAC is surrounded by a number of restaurants and bars and is very close to popular Northcote Road which boasts a variety of shops, markets, boutiques, bookshops, cafes, restaurants and pubs.
The Grade II* listed building which houses BAC, designed in 1891 by EW Mountford, first opened as Battersea Town Hall in 1893. The building was used for over 70 years as council chambers, holding borough meetings, elections and discussions – it was a key focal point essential to the legislative activities within the borough. During both world wars the then Town Hall building was a recruiting station, administrative centre and between 1914 and 1918 it was used as a conscientious objectors' tribunal site.
It was founded as a community arts centre in 1974, run by Wandsworth Borough Council, offering a variety of arts and adult education classes and space for local theatre groups to use for rehearsals and performances.
In 1979, it was agreed that the arts centre would become an independent organisation with the Borough Council providing an annual grant to cover part of the costs of operating the centre. In 1981, BAC was born. Renovations were made inside the building, transforming former council chambers into theatre, studio, workshop and gallery spaces.
BAC has now developed a reputation for being an exciting, innovative and groundbreaking theatre, not afraid to take risks and push boundaries. BAC stands for Innovation, Accessibility and Excellence.
March 31, 2020 10:39 am local time