Marion Kalmus was commissioned following her Kettle's Yard Fellowship in 1998 to make a temporary work for the listed auditorium of the Festival Theatre in Cambridge, designed by William Wilkins in 1808, and currently part of the Cambridge Buddhist Centre. The tradition of theatre on the site reaches back further still, to the 16th century.

Kalmus wrote, filmed and digitally animated 'Restoration Drama', a moving response to the history and atmosphere of this important space. Projected on the theatre's cyclorama, actors emerged silently from behind a crumbling surface as the sound of a rowdy but absent audience filled the darkened auditorium, appearing trapped between layers of deteriorating plaster and creating a ghost-like presence that echoed past performances. 


The catalogue contains images from the production and a conversation between Libby Anson and Marion Kalmus

Marion Kalmus
Commissions East
Original Language

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