On 15th August 2013 TCW ran an evening of interactive performance at the V&A on behalf of Mastercard Priceless London events.
We employed around 40 actors, musicians, dancers and circus performers for what was most probably our largest-scale creative project to date, and thanks to the hard work and incredible talent of all those involved, the night was a massive success!
The premise for the performance was inspired by the book and current exhibition at the V&A entitled ‘The Memory Palace‘. The text, written by Hari Kunzru, depicts a world in which the ability to remember has been eradicated as a result of a magnetic storm, and those precious few who are still able to remember the past have been incarcerated by the oppressive government.
We decided to set our performance in a world where this government has been overthrown, and the civilians are coming together to remember and celebrate the past together. The performance was promenade in nature, as we were lucky enough to be given permission to roam freely around the museum!
We wrote 4 different bespoke scripts, gave improvisation-based workshops for our actors in preparation, employed professional dancers, musicians and circus performers, and provided all of the costumes for the performance… Phew! A video of the night’s weird and wonderful shenanigans is on the way – so make sure to watch this space!
We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved, including The Big Group (who commissioned us for the entertainment), Event Concept (who ran the production and tech on the night) and of course the Victoria and Albert Museum. It certainly was a memorable night!