Art Saves Lives and Artists Studio Company opened the doors of a new theatre, performance and gallery space HOT TAP last Wednesday. Situated not 2 minutes down the side of New Cross Gate station, HOT TAP was whipped into shape by the graft of enthusiastic volunteers and equipped through generous donations in a matter of months, thanks to Art Saves Lives and particularly the drive and charm of its founder, Dean Stalham.
Will Self lent a celebrity suavity to the proceedings, praising Dean's energy and charisma. The man himself looked dapper and dead proud, in turn introducing a string of inspiring performances hinting at the diversity and promise of ASL's talent pool. An exhibition of work by a Goldsmith's student collective suggested fruitful links with the College across the road. With wine and award winning, scrummy cake just a pound a pop and a general feeling of optimism in the air, we got good vibes and the promise of great things to come from HOT TAP.
And first up is a a brand new play by Dean Stalham, starring Dudley Sutton. "God Don't Live On A Council Estate" opens on 13th July and runs Tuesday to Saturday for 3 weeks. Tickets are £10/£5 concessions and all proceeds go back into Art Saves Lives life changing initiatives. Book your tickets now and follow Art Saves Lives on Facebook.