Following the critical and popular success of The Good Neighbour in 2012, Battersea Arts Centre’s magical, interactive show for 6-11 year olds and their families returns this Christmas and we have been given a great sneak peak courtesy of these production images.
Meet George Neighbour, the man who became a hero a few days before Christmas over one hundred years ago. George’s memories have been lost within the enchanting maze of rooms in Battersea Arts Centre’s old town hall. Lively investigators are invited on a thrilling journey to uncover his story, delving into magical worlds and meeting curious characters as part of an exciting adventure full of festive wonder. Children are encouraged to explore and take part so energetic adventurers don’t have to sit still.
The Good Neighbour has been developed in collaboration with a host of cutting-edge artists such as Bryony Kimmings, Abi Conway, Kirsty Harris and Sheila Ghelani, who have worked with Battersea Arts Centre to transform our building into an immersive and stimulating theatre environment for children and adults alike. We chose to collaborate with artists who had never worked with young people before, supporting the development of their initial ideas over time, through collaboration with children, parents and teachers both in school and via participatory workshops and Scratch sharings.
The Good Neighbour leads the way for Battersea Arts Centre’s developing Family Theatre programme which aims to work with some of our most exciting and radical artists to invent the future of theatre for families through our unique participatory process. Family Theatre at Battersea Arts Centre is now an annual programme of performances and workshops for every age to enjoy together.
This year, there will also be a bespoke, adult only Good Neighbour journey for immersive theatre lovers who just can’t bear to miss out. For the most part, the audience will experience a similar journey around our building, but they will also visit a secret new room that will enrich their experience as an adult, adding a new dimension to the story of George Neighbour.
Parents are welcome to accompany their children on the mission but are also welcome to leave them with us for the duration of this fully supervised performance and relax in our family friendly café, (newly re-opened as Scratch Bar), while they enjoy an unforgettable adventure. Younger children aged 0-5 can play in our magical indoor play space, The Bee’s Knees, accompanied by their carers. Delicious and seasonal meals will be served before every show for the whole family to enjoy together. These meals are available to book along with tickets for the production.[nggallery id=10]