When It Breaks It Burns

When It Breaks It Burns

Let’s occupy the schools. Let’s occupy the theatres. Let’s occupy everything.

Lyn Gardner avatar
13 February 2020  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Battersea Arts Centre’s artistic director, Tarek Iskander, says that this show, made by a bunch of young Brazilians who occupied their high schools in 2015, was the best show he saw last year. That’s why he programmed it in his first season at BAC. I reckon you should take note of his recommendation. The season has already produced the textured and touching Autoreverse, and will continue with dreamthinkspeak and Access All Areas’ intriguing sounding UnReal City but I suggest you get in quick and grab some tickets for this piece that has gathered garlands while touring internationally and which takes the form of both a party and a protest which envelops the entire audience.”


When It Breaks It Burns is an intervention, a cry, a fight.

In 2015, sixteen lives were changed forever when they occupied their high schools, as part of protests that happened across Brazil. Now, they occupy this space using dance, live music and performance to tell their extraordinary story.

Get up close to the action as real life invades the stage. When It Breaks It Burns envelops the audience in a party, a protest and an uprising.

Age Recommendation: 12+

Critic reviews

Exhilarating fusion of performance and activism inspired by the São Paulo school occupations

The Stage

This is not a story: this is real


An inspiring and exciting combination of dance, music, and audience intimacy

Everything Theatre

Date & time

Show ended
Wed 19 Feb - Sat 29 Feb, 7.30pm
Runtime: 1 hr 15 mins


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

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