Updated: Kate’s Before the Dawn designs at V&A till January 3rd 2016

Update: If you are in London, you can still catch some of the Before the Dawn costume and set designs at the V&A Museum in London as part of their Make/Believe exhibit. Read more at the V&A website here. The exhibition runs till January 3rd 2016.

It’s a modest exhibition that takes up just one of the four rooms (Room 104) in the Theatre and Performance area of the museum. Robert Allsopp’s fish skeleton masks and Dick Bird’s set design for Watching You Without Me are on display as well as photos of set sketches and rehearsal photos.

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Before the Dawn at the V&A

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From the Financial Times review:

“…a small show of British stage design at the V&A in London, embraces an eye-watering variety of events: the populist spectaculars of the London 2012 Olympics and Para-lympics closing ceremonies; Kate Bush’s instantly sold-out Before the Dawn shows, her first live performances for 35 years; the famous skeletal frame of the War Horse; extravaganzas for Miley Cyrus and designs for performances at Glastonbury…Make/Believe highlights the most popular and the most memorable moments in the past four years of British design for performance. The exhibits are by no means all as familiar as the examples above, but there are some original and striking designs here that indicate a British industry that is undersung in the media.”

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2 Responses to Updated: Kate’s Before the Dawn designs at V&A till January 3rd 2016

  1. giulio says:

    I can hardly watch these images, let alone pictures off the show…
    It was so wonderful that now my memory hurts me. It belongs to the past by now,
    God only knows whether there are further shows in the future.

  2. Jane Lombard says:

    I wish and hope for a live DVD.

    So many young people would love to see the show who couldn’t afford to attend.

    A whole new generation being inspired by Kate.

    I’ve tried to describe the show and the brochure has been scrutinised by my daughter and her performing arts friends, but it doesn’t translate how amazing it was

    Please x

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