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'I WENT TO A MARVELLOUS PARTY'

performed acROSS BRISTOL IN MARCH 2019 and touring regionally soon

Part-performance and part-installation and devised by Tom in collaboration with the University of Bristol Theatre Collection, kindly supported by Arts Council of England.

Tom invited everyone to a marvellous party, bringing to life the fascinating personal archive of Oliver Messel, one of the twentieth century’s leading theatrical stars.

Part-installation, part-performance, the events were free and open for drop-ins throughout the day, and were staged at three different locations across Bristol.

As master of ceremonies, Tom draws out untold stories from Oliver’s captivating world, animating the installation with timed performances inspired by a host of characters from Oliver’s personal and professional life; from Bright Young Things, to Hollywood starlets and theatrical dames.

Visitors were encouraged to explore the installation, sharing in Tom’s curiosity as he delved through the Archive, discovering handwritten letters, musings and conversations, brought to life through interweaving audio and reproductions of original material.

Tom’s shows are known for their ‘hand crafted, intimate and naughty’ approach, often both ‘humorous, high-brow, low-brow, sensory, stomach churning, conversational, and sentimental’ all at once.  The audience were delighted as he turned his hand to the hidden histories of Oliver’s life, celebrated through the stories of this marvellous party. 

 

Touring regionally soon.


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