Productions tell story of a good neighbour

Croydon Guardian: Productions tell story of a good neighbour Productions tell story of a good neighbour

Three new productions telling the story of a real-life hero are being targeted at different age groups.

The Good Neighbour is based on the true story of George Neighbour, who saved the lives of two people during a fire in Clapham Junction in 1909.

His act of bravery is commemorated by a plaque in Battersea Arts Centre, dating back to when the venue served as a town hall.

The shows have been created with the help of the Battersea community, with school children and businesses helping to develop ideas when the production was in its primary stages.

A central performance, suitable for those aged over six, recruits audiences to help George recover his lost memory.

Audiences are invited to work with the building to discover its secrets and stories, navigating their environment to find clues and characters.

Cast members include Kazuko Hohki and Briony Kimmings, with each artist given their own space to create a unique environment.

Visitors may encounter glowing bee hives, enchanted forests and rooms which keep exploding.

The second production is aimed at audiences aged over 13 and has been created by theatre company Uninvited Guests.

Viewers are brought out onto the streets of Battersea, alongside a brass band, and are taken to places where Battersea's past meets the present.

The performance includes stories told by local people, acts of kindness and tales of Battersea's turbulent history.

Lastly, a play for little one's aged up to five-years-old has been developed so nobody is left out.
The Bees Knees leads children on a journey of games, encouraging participants to explore what is around them through play.

The Good Neighbour, Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, Battersea, October 13 to November 4, Tickets £8, various times, visit bac.org.uk or call 020 7223 2223 to book

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