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Remastered coming to V&A South Kensington in April

  • March 27, 2024
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Remastered coming to V&A South Kensington in April

Celebrating 100 years of the V&A’s Theatre and Performance collection, this year’s Performance Festival explores the theme ‘remastered’ with a thrilling ten-day programme celebrating theatre and performance in all its forms. Through a range of special free and ticketed events – live performances, talks, tours, screenings, workshops, and more – ‘Remastered’ invites audiences to explore the beauty of transformation; from making anew, to remixing the past, and inspiring the future.

Centred each year around Shakespeare’s birthday on 23rd April, the festival transforms V&A South Kensington into a stage where actors, musicians, dancers, comedians, and designers animate the gallery spaces and visitors are brought face-to-face with leading practitioners from across the performing arts.

Highlights from the programme include the iconic Red Ladies, a group of identically dressed women from the award-winning performance company Clod Ensemble, who will present a theatrical demonstration in the V&A’s Raphael Gallery, along with solo performing missions happening spontaneously throughout the building. Dance company Thick and Tight will stage Unearthly – a brand new performance piece that reexamines the colour blue in the V&A’s collection through a queer lens.

In celebration of Record Store Day, audio company Bowers & Wilkins will create an interactive installation of sound equipment, similar to that used in the legendary Abbey Road Studios, inviting visitors to listen to their favourite albums on the equipment used to master them.

Throughout the festival audiences can enjoy screenings from the National Video Archive of Performance, including a groundbreaking all-female performance of Julius Ceasar (Donmar Warehouse, 2013), a theatrical double bill showing two interpretations of Caryl Churchill’s play A Number – 2002’s production (Royal Court) starring Michael Gambon and Daniel Craig and the 2022 production (Old Vic) with Lennie James and Paapa Essiedu, and an interactive family-friendly screening of The Tiger Who Came to Tea, plus more. There will also be a series of workshops and talks on puppetry, life-drawing, songwriting, South Asian theatre, Shakespeare, and the famous JW Anderson cardigan worn by Harry Styles.

Friday 19th April – Sunday 28th April

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