The Guildhall School of Music & Drama is the creative force ritiehind this on-site video projection and sound installation in the Bascule Chamber, which is quite literally a hidden gem of London. Usually inaccessible to the public, the space houses the huge counterweights used to open Tower Bridge’ bascules.
The cavernous brick-lined, subterranean space does wonders for acoustics and atmosphere.
An Immersive Experience in a Chamber Housing Tower Bridge’s Counterweights
The performance entitled Blackout traces the narrative of the 1940-41 Blitz, during which time German offensive, high explosive and incendiary bombs decimated the Square Mile. Two London Police officers, Arthur Cross and Fred Tibbs, rushed out into the aftermath to photograph the damage. Their pictures capture scenes on December 29 1940, that depict the remains of old timber buildings that suffered damage during the severe night raid. Inspired by their photography, this new immersive video projection and sound installation transforms Tower Bridge’s Bascule Chamber to the post Blitz era. The term ‘Blitz’ was first used by the British press as it is the German word for ‘lightning’.
Blackout is the sixth public event to take place in the Chamber and follows on from the success of last year’s Terra Incognita – Here be Dragons. The hour-long performances show case specifically-commissioned new works created by artists from Guildhall School’s BA in Video Design for Live Performance course. Blackout is produced by Guildhall School in partnership with Tower Bridge, City of London Police Museum and London Metropolitan Archives, all of which are provided by the City of London Corporation.
General tickets cost £28.50 (Concessions: £19.5), bookable at the Barbican Box Office on 020 7638 8891. For security reasons, bookings can only be made by telephone.
When & Where: Friday 23, Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 March 2018 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm & 9pm (No 7pm or 9pm performance on Sunday). Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP