Join us over two weeks as The Festival of Rest & Resistance takes over Battersea Arts Centre to showcase the very best of the UK's disability arts scene. Everyone is welcome. Come and discover new performance, enjoy laugh-out-loud comedy, share your ideas at an open discussion and bring your best dance moves to the Restful Rebels Ball.
Curated by Jess Thom of Touretteshero, The Festival of Rest & Resistance celebrates Battersea Arts Centre's commitment to becoming a relaxed venue and aims to provoke, disrupt and inspire change.
Touretteshero are an extraordinary company whose work creates a more inclusive world. Recent work includes a ground-breaking, neurodiverse production Not I by Samuel Beckett, Brewing in Battersea in the Grand Hall and their film Me, My Mouth and I on BBC Two.
All events are wheelchair accessible. They're also relaxed, which means that audience members are welcome to move around and make noise at any time. A chill out space is available for those wanting a break from the festivities.
YOU HAVE TO FORGIVE ME, YOU HAVE TO FORGIVE ME, YOU HAVE TO FORGIVE ME
5 - 16 Mar | During opening hours
A 1 on 1 installation, exploring the effect of television and binge watching.
OPEN DISCUSSION EVENT: A WARMER WELCOME - INSIDE THE RELAXED VENUE
14 Mar | 4pm
Join Jess Thom and David Jubb to discuss the Relaxed Venue methodology as it comes into effect at Battersea Arts Centre.
GIRL MEETS BOY
15 Mar | 7pm
A raw and raucous game of love. Everyone's a player, but who wins?
REST ROOM: SCRATCH
16 Mar | 2pm
A new show by Raquel Meseguer weaving 30 real life stories about people's attempts to rest in public,
THE RESTFUL REBELS BALL
16 Mar | 7:30pm
Bring your best dance moves to this relaxed, inclusive and not-to-be-missed festival finale.
Reading of the play A.I.D.A.N followed by a panel discussion with experts in AI and technology
7 - 9 Mar | 7pm (Plus 9:30pm 9 Mar)
An autobiographical performance staged in a bedroom for a small audience.
OPEN DISCUSSION EVENT: WHY REST? WHY RESIST? AN OPEN DISCUSSION EVENT FOR DISABLED ARTISTS
9 Mar | 2:30pm
Join Jess Thom and Francesca Martinez to explore radical implication of resting, adapting environments to personal requirements and what it means to be a disabled artist in a normative world.
COMEDY WITHOUT VICTIMS
9 Mar | 8pm
A night of hilarious comedy. Line up includes Laurence Clark, Evelyn Mok, Jess Thom, Captain Hotknives and Annalisa Dinnella, plus more to be announced soon.
SCRATCH: THE HAPPINESS PROJECT
9 Mar | 6pm
A scratch performance exploring our need for non sexual physical contact in our highly digital era.