Scratch was invented in 2000 dreamt up by David Jubb and then artistic director Tom Morris. An audience of 40, mostly friends of the artists involved, watched the first scratch night. Now, though not without its critics, scratch is used all over the world, from the Sydney Opera House to the RSC.
In 2004, David Jubb replaced Tom Morris as Artistic Director of BAC.
Between 2007 and 2008 BAC’s co-production with Punchdrunk, The Masque of the Red Death, proved a landmark production and a watershed moment in the history of BAC, opening up the building to a new way of using space and forming the foundation for the methodology of ‘Playgrounding’ wherein building conservation and development goes hand-in-hand with the theatrical programme.
In 2008 David Micklem became Joint Artistic Director of BAC alongside David Jubb.
In 2009, Kneehigh staged the first large-scale theatre production to take place in BAC’s Grand Hall, Don John.
In 2011, BAC celebrates its 30th anniversary as an independent theatre by staging a revival of Kneehigh’s The Red Shoes and a second One on One Festival.