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Short films screened at Victoria & Albert Museum

Short films screened at Victoria & Albert Museum

20th December 2018

As part of the New Vic Theatre’s Circus Past, Present and Future programme of work earlier this year, we filmed our production of Astley’s Astounding Adventures to create 6 short films to showcase as part of the Theatre & Performance collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Giving an insight into the production – both onstage and behind the scenes – the shorts will be showing at the V&A until 28 January 2019.

Following the company of actors and our backstage teams during one performance of the production, the 6 short films document how the show was created: from giving an insight into how characters appear from beneath the stage; to showcasing the incredible aerial and fire work seen during the show; to documenting how the Stage Management team ‘call’ the cues and ensure the health and safety of all involved in the production.

Two of the clips currently showing at the V&A can be seen below and the full set can be seen at the V&A until 28 January 2019.


Astley’s Astounding Adventures, written by Frazer Flintham and directed by New Vic Artistic Director Theresa Heskins, told the story of Newcastle-under-Lyme born Philip Astley who created the modern circus.

Article by Claire Walker

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