Special event Friday, 20 April 2018 – Saturday, 21 April 2018

The Bookshop Band present... Banned Books!

The acclaimed Bookshop Band present a musical exploration of censored works of literature, forbidden authors, taboo topics and obscene magazines.

  • Friday, 20 April 2018 – Saturday, 21 April 2018

  • 20.00 (Friday) & 19.00 (Saturday)

  • The National Art Library

  • Tickets cost £12.00 - £15.00

The Bookshop Band present... Banned Books! photo

Join us for a unique performance featuring new commissions inspired by the V&A’s OZ Magazine archive, alongside other censored works of literature and books by forbidden authors. This special concert will take place in the V&A’s atmospheric National Art Library.

The Bookshop Band are the musical offspring of an artistic love-affair between a group of award winning songwriters and an independent bookshop in the UK, Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights. The songs are the musical outpouring of the band’s own response to books they have read.

Between them Beth Porter and Ben Please bring the books to the stage along with a multitude of instruments, including cello, harmonium, glockenspiel, guitars and ukuleles which, along with their distinct voices, create a cinematic sound that draws the audience right in to a highly intimate performance, at once touching and mesmerizing, heart wrenching and funny.

Standing tickets; limited seating available.

Part of V&A Performance Festival 2018