2016 is here and we have some great projects in the pipeline!
Watch this space and our Twitter feed for more news!
We were delighted to be working at the stunning Waddesdon Manor.....and we will be back there in 2016!
In July 2015 we were at Apsley House to commemorate one of the Iron Duke's famous victories....
A new character at the Royal Observatory Greenwich - astronomer William Christie - joined the repertoire PLUS Spectrum actors lead the ROG Early Years workshops
Claude Shannon and Telephonist Nellie Rumble entertained visitors in the fabulous new Information Age Gallery at the Science Museum
Joe Clough - WW1 Bus Driver - became a popular new character at the London Transport Museum
2014 -2018 are set to be full of WW1 events and commemorations.
We have an exciting repertoire of WW1 characters to interpret and bring the harsh realities of this conflict to life for audiences of all ages.
Clients can choose from our Trench Soldier, German Field Sergeant, VAD Nurse, Munitions Worker (Canary) and East African Soldier.
Please call the office on 020 7735 9220 for more information and to book.
We had a wonderful summer with English Heritage on their 'Time Travellers Go..' events over the summer. The Spectrum team were at Audley End in Essex and Down House in Kent. And we are delighted to have been invited back in 2015!
Darwin as played by Jonathan Niton
Very much looking forward to working with ex-Spectrum actor Robert Hulse, now director of the Brunel Museum, on developing a programme of live interpretation for this small but perfectly formed venue. These sessions can be booked from September 2013.
We are delighted to be working with the Dickens Museum on a live interpretation project to bring Dickens' House at Doughty Street in Bloomsbury to life. Performances take place on the third Saturday of each month. Please call the museum on 020 7405 2127 to book.
Spectrum actress Jane Cartwright hard at work in the Scullery
Spectrum actors performed our Tudor show at the V and A in March!
Spectrum actors were seen at the events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground at the London Transport Museum and on the Metropolitan Line!
A new character joins our repertoire at the Old Royal Naval College - Nicholas Hawksmoor - first performances took place mid January!
We will back at the National Media Museum in Bradford in March and April - presenting William Taynton and Thomas Edison - watch this space for further details!
Boulton and Watt will be at the Bank of England Museum in May and June.
Our WW1 and WW2 workshops at Firepower are proving very popular with schools as the venue is so easily accessible from the M25 - please call us for more information or Kate Cooling at Firepower on 020 8855 7755 http://www.firepower.org.uk/index.php/education/
We were delighted to be back at the Imperial War Museum for Christmas with Radio Days - a tribute to WW2 radio entertainment. Follow this link to find out more:
Latest news from Wales
Drama performances and workshops are now up and running at Chepstow Castle, Tretower Court, Blaenavon Heritage Centre and Blaenavon Ironworks and Caerphilly Castle!
We are delighted to announce that we will be working with Firepower http://www.firepower.org.uk/ at Woolwich on a exciting range of WW1 and WW2 drama workshops from September 2012. Please contact us on 020 7735 9220 if you would like to book one of these sessions.
Our Munitions Worker as played by Vanessa Hammick
Over the Summer, Spectrum actors were seen at the National Media Museum in Bradford bringing the exhibits to life! Visitors met Eliza Kipling, model of Eadweard Muybridge, William Taynton selling the Baird 'televisor' and the father of electricity himself, Michael Faraday!
The Baird Televisor
We are delighted to be collaborating with the Royal Albert Hall on their Victorian Experience Workshops and Tours.
Join Spectrum actors and step back in time to the 1870s to experience the Royal Albert Hall through the eyes of both rich and poor! Tours started in September so follow the link below to find out more:
Some of our team spent the summer at Down House in Kent, former home of Charles Darwin:
Our Suffragettes performed on Saturday 14th July on Portobello Road as part of the INTRANSIT Arts Festival!
Spectrum actors were seen at the Imperial College Festival on May 11th and 12th!
WW2 Outreach sessions coming soon! Teachers never fear! Although the Imperial War Museum may be closing for major renovations, we shall be offering some exciting new workshops on the Home Front, Evacuation and the Blitz. AVAILABLE FROM AUTUMN 2012 - call the office on 020 7735 9220 for more details!
Spectrum is now in Wales! Following our successful bi-lingual workshop sessions launched this time last year at Chepstow Castle, CADW have asked Spectrum to further develop its programme at Blaenafon Ironworks. More news on these exciting ventures to follow!
2012 is the bi-centenary of the birth of Charles Dickens and we have several exciting new performance pieces to offer schools and public audiences. Please call the office for more details.
Two new characters - Jean Pellicorne and The Young Archer made their debut at the Wallace Collection at the end of March
A new show taking a humorous look at the history of the monarchy has been developed for the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich - first performances were a great success in March and more to come in May and June!
New in Autumn 2011:
The Maritime History Show - at the National Maritime Museum
Dr Johnson appeared at Compton Verney
A 'Hospitaller' character for the St John Museum at Clerkenwell
Over the Summer, new characters Annie Besant and Charles Goss made their debut at the Bishopsgate Institute...
plus two new Pirate shows came to the Museum of London Docklands........
........and here's what the audience had to say:
'deeply silly and enormous fun - we learned a lot too!'
'it is suitable for all ages - there's something for everyone...we learned things we didn't know about pirates effortlessly....'
The DNA Database Debate is now taking KS3 School bookings - come and see this exciting interactive and thought-provoking show at the Science Museum (Bookings Hotline 020 7942 4777)
or alternatively book an Outreach visit by calling the Spectrum office.
And here is what a teacher had to say after watching the show '....this drama provided a fabulous opportunity for my students to debate a contemporary issue - it was brilliant!'
Tariq Bhatti and Julie Gamble play investigative reporters Ronnie Merlot and Barbara Ballast who front the show!
From June, Spectrum crosses into new pastures with a workshop for Key Stage 2 at Chepstow Castle.
In a new departure, Spectrum will be offering this session in English and Welsh and there are plans to extend this to Key Stage 3 as well as family audiences.
Congratulations to Julie Gamble, now Spectrum's very own Arts Award Advisor! Julie worked on another very successful Leighton House drama project in April 2011.
In Spring 2011, new characters Yuri Gagarin and Mary Anne Galton came to the Science Museum, Alexis Soyer made his debut at the Florence Nightingale Museum and a major Pirate project started up at Museum of London Docklands! Plus we returned to perform at the fabulous Wellcome Collection on Euston Road.
Yuri Gagarin in action!
Cockroach Tours of the Science Museum began in December and will go on until December 2011 - a chance for our audience to join Spectrum actors working in collaboration with Danish artists Superflex and experience life as a Cockroach - contact the Science Museum to take part!
'we really enjoyed the Cockroach Tour - it was original, intelligent, funny and brilliantly presented'
Sir James Thornhill appears in the Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich - from 7th November!
Spectrum actors are regular performers at Science Museum Lates - the popular adults only evenings at the Science Museum on the last Wednesday of every month - recent topics include Bio-terrorism and STIs!
We are delighted to be working with the Museum of the Order of St. John in the City - the museum opened officially at the beginning of November.