News: Battersea Arts Centre fire - the aftermath

Monday 16 March 2015 by Carmel Smith

Gecko 'Missing'

Despite the fire which destroyed around 30% of the first and second floors of Battersea Arts Centre last Friday, two shows went ahead in the venue over the weekend, as the front half of the Grade II-listed building was left untouched.

It’s a bleaker story for Gecko – the physical theatre company who were in the midst of a run of their show Missing in the Grand Hall. The production – sets, costumes, puppets, technical equipment, touring cases filled with customised items from around the world and personal belongings were completely destroyed.

Although some of their assets will be covered by insurance, the company are faced with rebuilding a show which took two years to create, in time for a tour in May. Thankfully no one was hurt, but everything you see in this trailer was lost in the fire:

A kickstarter campaign has been started to support Gecko in bringing Missing back to life. Every person who donates will become part of the new production – with their name written somewhere on the set in permanent marker – ‘somewhere the audience cant see but somewhere every member of our team will be able to read and remember.’

A dress rehearsal (2 – 5pm) and scratch performance of Missing will take place at Southbank Centre on Friday 20 March, 7.30pm. Free, but ticketed

There has been overwhelming support for the much loved South London venue. Artistic director and CEO David Jubb told the BBC “The passion for the building and the organisation is extraordinary. Thank you all for being part of this. We really need you at this time.” Read more

Over £60,000 has already been donated to the campaign to save Battersea Arts Centre:
www.nationalfundingscheme.org

More on the Battersea Arts Centre fire:
www.guardian.co.uk

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