Me and My Shadow

Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley, London.
May 2005

Opening in 1859, Wilton’s was one of the most successful music halls in London for over thirty years. Today it is a great rarity, historically and architecturally, being the last remaining working hall in London. Although the gas-burning chandeliers and mirrored wall-panels are long gone, the auditorium remains remarkably untouched and a lingering resonance of the hall’s colourful past permeates the hall.

The artists were commissioned to create work for the building. Performed sequentially as a series of sound interventions, each work aimed to transform the atmosphere of the auditorium in subtle, unexpected and compelling ways.

The exhibition also included historical material written by John Earl published as a recreation of the variety newspaper ┬áThe Era. ┬áSarah Gudgin from the Museum of London conducted interviews with people from Wilton’s past.

The Old Mahogany Bar was re-opened for the first time in 100years, co-run by Martin from The Pitfield Brewery and artists Annie Davey and Luis Carjoval. Martin served an original 1850 London Porter and Annie and Luis continued their Puss and Mew London Gin project.

Janek Schaefer and Philip Jeck performed the London premier of ‘Songs for Europe’ for the closing evening of the show. The Brick Lane Boogie Boys performing on the opening night, and there was a sing-a-long in the Old Mahogany Bar courtesy of Sing us an Old Song!

Me and my Shadow was organised and curated by Measure,
Melanie Smith and Duncan Whitley

Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley, London. May 2005 Opening in 1859, Wilton’s was one of the most successful music halls in London for over thirty years. Today it is a […]