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Co-produced by ENGLISH TOURING THEATRE, NATIONAL THEATRE IMMERSIVE STORYTELLING STUDIO and TRIAL & ERROR STUDIO

MUSEUM OF AUSTERITY

Witness the human stories of Austerity Britain in this arresting mixed reality installation. 

In 2016, the UN found that “grave or systemic violations” of the rights of disabled people were taking place throughout the UK. Wearing a mixed reality headset, you will enter a striking, holographic gallery that lays bare the consequences when state safety nets fail. 

 Museum of Austerity is more than an exhibition; it’s a blend of theatre, history and humanity.

 "It is impossible to look away from the shimmering figures that emerge in what appears at first to be an empty room. And that is the point." THE GUARDIAN

This powerful installation combines the skills of theatre/XR director Sacha Wares with the in-depth knowledge of John Pring, editor of Disability News.

Museum of Austerity was nominated for Best Digital Innovation at the UK Theatre Awards, previewed at the London Film Festival in 2021 and won International Documentary Festival Amsterdam's (IDFA) Best Immersive Production in 2021. 

An ETT, National Theatre Immersive Storytelling Studio & Trial & Error co-production. Supported by CreativeXR, a programme developed by Digital Catapult and Arts Council England. A Genesis Kickstart Fund project, supported by the Genesis Foundation Co-Commissioned by BFI London Film Festival – LFF Expanded.

To accompany the Museum of Austerity, Healing Justice London are running a workshop honouring those who have died because of austerity and welfare reform, and talking about how our grief and rage has shaped our activism and our fight for justice. 

Find out more about the workshop and book through eventbrite here

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Museum of Austerity

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  • Arts Council England
  • Community Foundation
  • European Regional Development Fund
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