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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‘An Act of Remembrance’…

‘An Act of Remembrance.’…  I suppose, like many of us, I first heard this phrase in a school assembly. Or perhaps I heard it on the television. Our family were probably watching BBC commemorative coverage, live at the Cenotaph and although I didn’t understand what it meant, I knew, from the way my gran always […]

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Oliver Locker-Lampson and the Russian Revolution

‘No one in England can imagine how hard our task has been throughout our stay in Russia. Our work has resembled swimming in glue…’ Prefaced by the official-sounding, languid observation: ‘Very interesting,’ the above is Commander Oliver Locker-Lampson’s opening to a 22 page summary describing, at first-hand, his experience of the February 1917 Russian Revolution. […]

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NEW & FREE: Reel to Real sessions for Secondary Schools

Alistair Sim, the Great Bed of Ware, Franco Zeffirelli and the Wedgwood Abolition of Slavery Medallion will be being explored in our new series of events ‘Reel to Real’ for Secondary school students, starting at the V&A this October. This is a new partnership with education charity Into Film, which aims to bring the English […]

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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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