The Show's The Thing

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“A strip-tease in which the auditorium itself bears its ragged and beautiful all.” The Telegraph

Behind the grand façade of Alexandra Palace an empty Victorian theatre stands forgotten. And for seventy years, a show has been waiting. Waiting for you.

You arrive alone. You enter in darkness. In silence. An extraordinary experience begins.

The Show’s the Thing is an installation of light and sound in which the theatre itself is the only performer, and it performs for an audience of one.

This installation breathes life into the forgotten spaces of a London landmark. The Show’s the Thing is inspired by the history, architecture, sonic structure and state of disrepair of the theatre at Alexandra Palace - the echoing acoustics, the spine-chilling temperature, the lingering other-worldliness and innate theatricality of the building.

Creative Team

Created by Ged Barry (sound), David Harradine (direction), and Jo Manser (lighting)

Critical Acclaim for The Show's The Thing

“It’s like being in Alice in Wonderland." The Observer.


"This is a special performance. It's chilling and disorientating, yet strangely exhilarating. Weird and rather wonderful, The Show's The Thing's a gem." Metro

“Spine-tingling sound effects and phantasmagorical lighting.” The Telegraph

"Simultaneously beautiful and frightening, Harradine and co's installation is an experience to cherish." The Wire

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