Saturday, 12 December 2009

Theatre at the V&A

I was fascinated by the miniature Theatres , when I was a child I used to make them out of shoe boxes and if you put a hole in one end and looked through you could imagine you were there

The Theatrical Gallery was like being in " wonderland " It was so much fun and very entertaining with video snips and all sorts of pro active things to do naturally we were drawn to the uniforms in the dressing up pile !
The wardrobe department was so interesting. There were costumes from famous shows in the display cases and it was some time before we dragged ourselves away.
The lighting gave you the feeling you had stepped back in time , memories of pantomime came flooding back, a crowd of us always went with the children Christmas time in Richmond and it was followed by a special tea.

Vicky and Albert

Thats what our cab driver calls the V&A and we found it a really up beat place to be , much more lively than I remember although always was full of wonders.
Fridays it opens late and once a month they have all manner of special events, we were there until gone 7pm and people were pouring in , meeting friends having a drink enjoying the food and there was even music in the main foyer

Ticket to ride!

The Quilt above is trapunto,made from very early linen with a historical story and just wonderful

Some good friends of mine told me about the " megatrain" which is an intercity service where if you book ahead you can get incredible bargains. I did some fishing and eventually managed to book a return trip to London for 2 for £31.00!! you can apparently do even better .
So Lizzie and I decided an afternoon and early evening at the V&A would suit us .
It was all so easy and we treated ourselves to a cab to enjoy the views from Waterloo over the River to Westminster through Belgavia past the Palace to Kensington . We had a real Cockney driver who held forth on his political views.
From the moment we set foot through the door there was an air of anticipation and a buzz about the place. The new Gallery of Medieval and Renaissance has just opened and that was our first stop. We were really impressed with the layout.