Return to Elm House

Return to Elm House

5 no. saves icon · Fringe Theatre, Children's Theatre, Site Specific/Immersive

A new immersive adventure for children and families.

Lyn Gardner avatar
29 November 2018  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“In past years, I have had such a good time at Battersea Arts Centre’s immersive family shows which take audiences on a journey through the building. They often have an element of treasure hunt in them which ups the element of excitement. This one is about an old house that once stood on the spot of the arts centre and it seems the spirit of that building is bursting into the present, unveiling a host of forgotten secrets waiting to be discovered. I can guarantee this will be loads of fun.”


A long time ago, on the very spot where Battersea Arts Centre now stands, a brave woman known for her generosity, wisdom and care, lived in Elm House. But as the years have ticked by, her inspiring story has been long forgotten. Until now...

The spirit of Elm House has awoken, bursting through the floor boards of Battersea Arts Centre and scattering Jeanie’s lost tale behind old doors and down hidden corridors, waiting to be found.

Join a thrilling quest through the building to discover hidden memories, uncover mislaid secrets and collect clues to bring back the story of Elm House.

From the creators of the critically acclaimed The Good Neighbour, Return to Elm House is the heart-warming tale of Wandsworth’s Jeanie Nassau Senior, a social pioneer and Britain’s first female civil servant who fought to overcome the odds and become the visionary founder of modern foster care.

Age Recommendation: 6+

Critic reviews

Delightful introduction to the magic of archives for future historians

The Stage

Children are given access all areas to explore the old town hall building in this story about Britain’s first female civil servant

The Guardian

Well-meaning immersive show promises more than it delivers

Evening Standard

A magical immersion in the history of Battersea


An interactive family show that makes full use of this striking venue, shining careful attention on the site’s history and venue’s singular, continuing embedding in Battersea life


Date & time

Show ended
Sat 1 Dec - Sun 30 Dec, various times


Lavender Hill, Battersea SW11 5TN London, UK · Get Directions
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