7 - 9 Mar


the vacuum cleaner

7pm (Plus 9:30pm on 9 Mar)
Price: £20, £15 concs

Part of The Festival of Rest & Resistance


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The Metropolitan Police call him a Domestic Extremist. The NHS have described him as 'highly disturbed' and labelled him with Borderline Personality Disorder. 'A real and present threat to the safe running of our lawful business' is how E.ON described him at the Royal Courts of Justice.

He prefers the term Mental.

After 15 years of being an outlaw and inpatient, artist activist 'the vacuum cleaner' presents an autobiographical performance told through his psychiatric records, police intelligence files and corporate injunctions collected through the Data Protection Act.

Trigger warning: Mental contains detailed description of self harm, suicide, police violence and disco music.

Supported by Arts Council England, Artsadmin and In Between Time.

'Leaves you lost for words' The Herald

'Raw, open, powerful' The Guardian

Age Recommendation: 16+
Running Time: 70 mins



Step-Free Access
This event takes place on the first floor of our building, which can be reached via a lift.
There is step-free access into the main foyer of our building, and to the Scratch Bar with accessible toilet facilities on the ground floor.

Relaxed Performances
All performances of Mental will be relaxed. At Battersea Arts Centre, this means that you are free to move about, make noise and leave during the show (front of house staff will assist with planned re-entry points). This does not mean that light and sound effects have been changed.

Captioned Performances
The performance on Saturday 9 March at 7pm will be captioned.

Pre-Show Information
Pre-Show Information will be available from February.

Further Information
Please visit our Access Page for more information.


A third of the tickets to Mental are free to those who are disabled and have a low income via Event Brite. 

Please do not abuse this offer. We are trying to make tickets available to those who wouldn't otherwise be able to attend.


Produced by Hannah Hull
Designed by Sophie Nathan
Developed by Tania El Khoury
Outside Eye - Kim Noble




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