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Officers' photographs celebrated with Blackout performance

During the Blitz, when the Square Mile was decimated by high explosive and incendiary bombs, two City of London Police officers rushed out into the aftermath to photograph the damage. 

Inspired by the photography of Arthur Cross and Fred Tibbs, a new immersive video projection and sound installation will transform Tower Bridge’s Bascule Chamber to the post Blitz era. 

The show explores the hidden world of the Cross and Tibbs Collection, offering a dramatized narrative that explores the characters, the landscape and the impact of the Blitz across the City, at Tower Bridge and beyond.

The Guildhall School, the City of London Police Museum, London Metropolitan Archives and Tower Bridge have worked together to present a thoughtful and poignant insight into the life of a police officer, during one of London’s most dramatic historic periods.

The Chamber is the operational area that houses Tower Bridge’s huge counterweights used when lifting the mighty bascules. When the Bridge is at rest, this vast brick-lined space stands empty - a dramatic, subterranean Victorian space normally out of bounds for everyday visitors. 

This unique setting will be showcased by specifically-commissioned new work created by artists from the Guildhall School’s BA in Video Design for Live Performance. This hour-long experience takes place across seventeen performances from Friday March 23 to Sunday March 25, within the hidden Bascule Chamber location.

The Guildhall School’s Video Design for Live Performance programme is a three year, full-time, BA Honours degree for students interested in the fast-changing exciting world of digital video design and production and has been shaped by and upholds the practical, hands-on ethos of the Guildhall School’s Technical Theatre Department. The programme is led by multi award-winning director, designer and audio/visual specialist Dan Shorten. 

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Tower Bridge, City of London Police Museum and London Metropolitan Archives are provided by the City of London Corporation.

Tickets: £28.50 (£19.50 concessions) available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk

  • Image courtesy of London Metropolitan Archives (City of London)
Published 17 Mar 2018

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