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“Cine-Variety and Spectacular Entertainments”

Something warmly recommended – organized by my colleague and film scholar Tina Kendall with partners – and that has a nice media archaeological quality to it: revisiting the origins of cinematic cultures, through the late-Victorian and Edwardian cultures of performance. While this resonates with our current enthusiasm with performance, liveness and embodiment, it also is a wonderful time trip to early cinema contexts.

Professor Vanessa's Performing Wonders

Friday 13 May, 7.00pm
Mumford Theatre
Cambridge, UK – Anglia Ruskin University

Curated and hosted by Professor Vanessa Toulmin (the National Fairground Archive, University of Sheffield), join us for an evening of cine-variety and spectacular entertainments. Featuring early films with live piano accompaniment by Stephen Horne, vintage ephemera from the British Library’s Evanion collection, and performances by internationally renowned artists including Olivier award winning showwoman and artiste Marisa Carnesky, Swordswallower and eccentric comedienne Miss Behave, Hoola Hoop legend Marawa the Amazing, and fire eater Tim Cockerill appearing as The Great Inferno. Don’t miss this extravagant showcase of neo-variety acts and the late-Victorian and Edwardian performance cultures that inspire them!

Developed in collaboration with Anglia Ruskin University, The British Library, and the National Fairground Archive, University of Sheffield. Films preserved by the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio-visual Conservation.

Tickets: £9.00 (£7.00 concessions, £3.00 Anglia Ruskin students)

Book online, call the Box Office on 0845 196 2320 or see our booking information page for more options.

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