Beatbox Academy; Happy Street Festival
Tucked in amoungst the propety madness of what was battersea Power Station, at one end and the huge American Embassy at the other, is this little road called Thessaly Road, which has a railway bridge. As part of the London Festival of Architechture, Wandsworth Council commsioned an artist called Yinka Llori to resdeisgn the bridge (like a plank, I did’nt take a pciture of the bridge, it was pretty banging but you can go and check it out, of course) - there was a theme of happyness, which in turn inspired the Happy Street Festival. Beatbox Academy were asked to come and perform, as well as give a wokrshop.
Beatbox Acadmey directior, Conrad Murray, gave me the nod to come back in and work with the guys again, needless to say, they stepped up and shelled it down, there was a set of covers, songs from the Frankenstein show and some Beatbox Academy bangers, with battles to finish it off. The audience, mainly familes, were loving it.
I’ve worked with the academy on and off, since 2011. I’ve seen members go on from the regular drop-in sessions to go and become fully fledged professioanal artists, performing in the now it show, Frankenstein; How To Make A Monster. The current crop, I’ve worked with for about 18 months, some of them had never performed before and now, through the adacemdy, have perfrormed to hundres and hundreds of people.
Like most of us in these roles, it’s not just about the teaching side of things, but about builidng relationships with the young people over time. It was great being back on saturday and seeing how far some of them have come, in just a metter of months.
If you get the chance to see them anywhere, get involved, mate.