Battersea Arts Centre presents Performance Live:The Way Out, Online


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A person walks down a corridor in a building that has paint peeling off the walls. The person wears blackboots, dark trousers and a dark coat with the hood pulled up over their head. In the back ground there is a bearded man wearing a red hat, red coat, blue jeans and a green shirt. They are holding using a walking stick.

Battersea Arts Centre announces the release of its brand new film, Performance Live: The Way Out. At this unprecedented time when the doors to our cultural institutions are closed, Performance Live: The Way Out offers an immersive journey through Battersea Arts Centre’s labyrinth of rooms and corridors, propelled by performances from extraordinary artists, filmed in one continuous, unbroken shot. The latest programme in the groundbreaking Performance Live commissioning series, The Way Out is part of BBC Arts’s current virtual arts festival, Culture in Quarantine, offering viewers access to a broad range of imaginative UK theatre and dance work at this time when many are confined to their homes. The film is now available on BBC iPlayer and will be broadcast on BBC Four in May.

Performance Live: The Way Out showcases the true breadth of theatre and performance in the UK. Actor/ Comedian Omid Djalili (His Dark Materials, The Infidel) plays the enigmatic Guide, leading The Young Person played by Bláithín Mac Gabhann (Penance, Sally Rooney’s Normal People) on a journey where they discover performances devised by some of the most exciting, diverse artists working in the UK today: Lucy McCormick, Caleb Femi, Botis Seva, Le Gateau Chocolat, The Cocoa Butter Club, Sanah Ahsan, and Too Hot For Candy.

BAFTA-nominated Director Suri Krishnamma (A Respectable Trade, The Cazalets) uses a single camera to create the feel of an immersive theatrical performance. Using the latest technology to enable a single 42 minute take, in the tradition of seminal films such as Russian Ark (2002), Performance Live: The Way Out invites the viewer on a journey of surprise and unexpected discovery, revealing stories that move, provoke and entertain.


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