Adrian Deakes

Title: Programme Manager - Theatre and Performance
Department: Learning

I manage the programme of performance-focussed activities and events, mainly for our audience of schools and young people. I've been at the V&A for nearly 13 years, the first 6 being based at the Theatre Museum in Covent Garden. Prior to this, I was Head of the Drama Department at Sandon School in Essex for 3 years and worked for a further 6 years in Secondary schools in Essex. I gained my PGCE at Reading University and my degree in Theatre Arts from Bretton Hall College, with Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith. 'Whatever happened to them? I sometimes wonder...

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Shakespeare in a Suitcase

Isaac Jaggard, born 1600 (printer) and Edward Blount (printer), The First Folio, Museum Ref: L.1392-1882 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London April 2014 marks the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, probably the most well-known playwright the world has produced. Such is his all-pervasive influence on our culture that even a cursory glance […]

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David Bowie is…looking through a lens

The V&A, University of the Arts, London and David Bowie’s former school, Ravens Wood School, South Bromley, have been working together on a film since January 2013. This interdisciplinary project engaged students in David Bowie’s music, performance and art and imagined his influence on present day students at the school. You can find previous blog […]

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V&A Shakespeare Day with Propeller

by Adrian Deakes, Programme Manager, Theatre and Performance.Those of you who keep a keen eye on theatre reviews will have seen Propeller’s name crop up fairly frequently over the past few years. Directed by Ed Hall, this all-male Shakespeare Company is really making a name for itself by providing really visceral, exciting productions of Shakespeare's work. When they approached me to see if the V&A would like to host their 'Pocket' Henry V on 1 October, I was happy to say yes.

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