Battersea coming to life at the Pump House

Published: Thursday 21st April 11

This May, People Show will bring local stories to life in a brand new site specific, promenade performance in and around the Pump House Gallery in Battersea Park.

PUMP HOUSEPeople Show 122: The Pump House Project
The Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park
Wednesday 11th - Saturday 14th May 2011

Inspired by the building's 150 year history People Show 122: The Pump House Project has been devised by the People Show, with emerging artists from Roehampton University and ALRA (the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts).

The show has been commissioned as part of Wandsworth Arts Festival, and is the first theatrical performance to take place in the Gallery, a beautifully restored Victorian Pump House, and heralds a new era of live performance in the venue.

Local residents and community groups have contributed their memories and stories which have been the inspiration for the company's devising process. Their contribution will also be evident in the accompanying installation exhibition which will be open to the public during the day.

Building on People Show's previous site specific and professional development work, this project is the culmination of four months collaboration with students, local residents and community groups.

The 30 emerging artists from Roehampton University and ALRA have developed, honed and expanded their skills under expert guidance from People Show artists to create a show that will combine promenade, music, sound, movement and who knows what else.

All we know is that there are ghosts about, and some have dogs. There are human water fountains, and there won't be any history lessons.

People Show artist Gareth Brierley said "We're delighted to be working with such a talented group of artists in such a beautiful space. The Pump House Project promises to be something truly unique."

For further information, images and press tickets, please contact Sarah Clews: 020 7729 1841

Listings information:

TITLE: People Show 122: The Pump House Project

PERFORMANCES: Wed 11th May, 6pm & 8pm; Thursday 12th May 6pm & 8pm; Friday 13th May, 6pm & 8pm; Saturday 14th May 3pm, 6pm & 8pm.

AT: The Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park. (Audience meeting point: Rosery Gate)

TICKETS: £10 (£8 concessions)

How to book:

In Person: Tara Arts, 356 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield, London, SW18 4ES (Mon - Fri, 10am - 6pm)
Phone: 020 8333 4457 (Tara Arts). Booking fee applies.
Online: Booking fee applies.
Ticketing services provided by Tara Arts.

Capacity is limited, advanced booking recommended to avoid disappointment.
People Show 122: The Pump House Project is a promenade performance - please dress for wet weather.

Notes to Editors:

1. Devised by People Show and students from Roehampton University and ALRA (the Academy of Live & Recorded Arts) with material from Wandsworth residents and community groups.

2. People Show 122: The Pump House Project includes founder member Mark Long, and long standing company member George Khan. They are joined by Gareth Brierley, Fiona Creese, Tyrone Huggins, Rob Kennedy, Bernadette Russell and Jessica Worrall. (Biogs available on request). Featuring students from Roehampton University and ALRA.
Print design: Sadie Cook.
Production Manager: Rachel Shipp
Producer: Sarah Clews

3. People Show artists Gareth Brierley, Fiona Creese and Jessica Worrall are available for interviews.

4. People Show is unique as an experimental theatre company and the longest running of its kind in the UK. Since its creation in 1966 when the group first performed in the basement of a Charing Cross bookshop, through to today from its Bethnal Green Studios, People Show continues to challenge everything you thought you knew about theatre. Now producing its 122nd show, People Show has performed all over Europe and the UK in streets, fields, nightclubs, telephone boxes, toilets, parks, trains and theatres. An extensive company archive is available at

5. The Pump House was built in 1861 to pump water to the park's gardens, but was never totally successful. Following a fire in the 1950s it lay derelict and became the subject of local folklore, known as "the haunted house". From the late 1980s Wandsworth Council began a scheme of renovation. In 1992 it reopened as a park interpretation centre, shop, education centre and exhibition space. In 1999 it became the Pump House Gallery, presenting a year round programme of contemporary visual art.

6. Pump House Gallery is a public contemporary visual arts space on the lakeside in Battersea Park, South London. The gallery is owned, managed and funded by Wandsworth Council and plays a leading role in the cultural life of the borough. It is the highest profile public visual arts space in Wandsworth, attracting over 30,000 visitors a year.

7. ALRA is a CDS drama school running courses in Acting and Stage Management & Technical Theatre.

8. People Show 122: The Pump House Project is funded by Arts Council England and Wandsworth Arts Team in partnership with Roehampton University and ALRA.

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