Guest post: Chris Bennion introduces the Parlour Collective’s site-specific performance at the Ragged School Museum

The latest in our series of guest posts comes from Chris Bennion, Museum Learning Officer at London’s Ragged School Museum.

A black and white photo of somebody writing at a desk with a quill pen

Writing with a Victorian style quill pen at an old school desk

One artist can’t contain her excitement over the cracked concrete floor, another bagsies the derelict basement and one chap wonders if it’d be alright to drip wax all over our lunch room floor.

But then I suppose this is what happens when you let a bunch of performance artists take over your museum.

Here the floorboards creak of their own accord, wind whistles through cracks in the windows, shadows lurk and loom menacingly – it’s no wonder then that the only people brave enough to set foot in the Ragged School Museum at night so far have been intrepid ghost hunters. However, thanks to a daring group of young performance artists, this is all about to change.

A photo of a man playing an accordion

A member of the Parlour Collective sets the scene with accordion music

The artists of the Parlour Collective are as eclectic as they are international. Hailing from all four corners of the globe, they promise ‘an evening of contemporary performance and cabaret exploring the theme of Victorian schooling and the mystique and romance it conjures in the eyes of a 21st century audience.’ What more can I tell you? Apart from that, they’ve been very secretive…

The exciting (and difficult) thing for us was letting go and allowing the artists complete control. We’ve opened up the whole building, even parts never seen by the public before, and allowed them uninhibited access. The building is theirs. Their stage, their canvas, their inspiration, their playground.

An ominous photograph of the exterior of the Ragged School Museum

The atmospheric Ragged School Museum

For one night only, the Ragged School Museum will be transformed into a mysterious world of performance, music and dance. Be brave, have a swig of rum to calm your nerves, and expect the unexpected.

A photo of a man wearing a cardboard moustache

Chris Bennion

Chris Bennion is the Museum Learning Officer at the Ragged School Museum. You can follow the museum on Twitter (@RaggedSchool) or Facebook, and see their pictures on Flickr here.

4 responses to “Guest post: Chris Bennion introduces the Parlour Collective’s site-specific performance at the Ragged School Museum

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