NVAP screening of White Pearl

This free screening is a part of the weekend programme: Re:Play – Celebrating 30 Years of the National Video Archive of Performance (NVAP)

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Join us for a free screening of White Pearl, by Anchuli Felicia King. This production was directed by Nana Dakin and was recorded live by the V&A at the Royal Court Theatre (Jerwood Theatre Downstairs) in May 2018.

A South Asian beauty company has gone ‘viral’, but for all the wrong reasons! King’s dark-humoured play analyses consumer colonialism, the power of 21st century social media, and beauty standards for Asian women, as the leaders of the toxic company try to cover up their mistakes.

The screening is 85 minutes long. There will be no interval. All screenings are drop in and are on a first come, first served basis. Please be advised, screenings may contain explicit language and content. Our full list of NVAP recordings can be found on the Archives page.

Established in 1992, through an agreement with the Federation of Entertainment Unions, NVAP was the first project of its kind in the UK. The archive now holds over 450 high-quality archival multi-camera recordings of live performance in Britain and continues to record and preserve productions for the national collection. The archive, launched with Richard Eyre’s production of Richard III starring Ian McKellen (National Theatre, 1992), features a vast range of stage performances, with work by notable playwrights, directors, set designers, lighting designers and actors. It is an invaluable research tool to learn about significant performances and captures and preserves moments of ephemeral performance history that otherwise would have been lost. When V&A’s Stratford storehouse opens in 2024, the recordings will be available to the public to view in a brand-new facility.

Background image: NVAP still from ‘White Pearl’, 2019, directed by Nana Dakin © Victoria and Albert Museum, London