Rogues & Vagabonds

theatre, film & tv past and present 2001-2008 & 2013…

Battersea Arts Centre: a Victorian gem rising from the ashes

Flickering Lamps

When stepping into the grand entrance hall of Battersea Arts Centre, it’s not obvious that only a few months ago a terrible disaster struck the building.  On a Saturday afternoon in October, the place is bustling.  Families have gathered in one of the rooms for a child’s birthday party; half a dozen buggies are parked on one side of the marble staircase.  Other people sip coffee and tuck into snacks at the centre’s cafe bar.  It all seems like a normal day – business as usual – except for the group of people donning high-visibility jackets and hard hats.  They have come to the centre to see for themselves the devastation left by a fire in the centre’s Grand Hall in March 2015, and to hear about the plans to rebuild the venue that has been at the heart of social and cultural life in Battersea for over a century.

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2 comments on “Battersea Arts Centre: a Victorian gem rising from the ashes

  1. teagan geneviene
    10/25/2015

    What a wonderful building. It’s a shame that anything happened to it. Hugs.

    Liked by 1 person

    • First Night Design
      10/25/2015

      Great shame. I’ve known the building all my life and it’s a wonderful space or rather spaces for theatre, events and so forth. I’d posted previously about the fire but not seen photos of the horrendous damage until reblogging Flickering Lamps. Gutted – pun intended!

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