Geoffrey Marsh on DAVID BOWIE

Cafe Royal

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Tuesday 5 April 2016
19:00 - 20:30
Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts, Walks & Tours
Over 18


Geoffrey Marsh on DAVID BOWIE

The career of David Bowie has been one of the most colorful and intriguing in modern rock history. From his first appearance as balladeer Davy Jones in the 60s to his spectacular gender-bending debut in the 70s as Ziggy Stardust, Bowie’s presence of stage spanned nearly fifty years and is often cited as a major influence on contemporary artists and designers.

Following a sold out run in New York, David Bowie's musical Lazarus is now set to grace a London stage. Writing a West End show was one of Bowie's childhood ambitions and in celebration of this feat, A Curious Invitation and Antique Beat will be opening their series of theatre salons with a talk on this singular musician at the venue Bowie held his alter ego Ziggy's last supper.

In this talk, Geoffrey Marsh, curator of the recent blockbuster David Bowie exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, will look at the star's early years in Soho and describe how this most unique and chameleon like of characters emerged out of the culture of the district around the Cafe Royal.

Geoffrey Marsh

Geoffrey Marsh, Director of Theatre and Performance at the V&A, was the man behind the blockbuster exhibition David Bowie at the museum. The show pre-sold a total of 47,000 tickets, a record for the V&A and featured more than 300 objects from Bowie’s 50 years as a musician.

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Thank you for organizing this terrific event. Thoroughly enjoyed it as did all my group. Loved Geoff Marsh's enthusiasm and knowledge of Bowie, his theatrical influences and the 60s/70s context. Great setting too. Visited Cafe Royal on 2016-04-05
by on April 7th, 2016

I'm afraid I think the event was mis-sold as the links to David Bowie were tenuous at best. I wanted to hear about David Bowie, not the emergence of avant-garde theatre in the 60's and how he 'might' have been influenced by it. As a Bowie fan hoping for enlightenment I learned nothing I didn't know already, saw some dodgy photos we've all seen before and was bored to death by clicks of French performance art that really meant nothing. Pretty much felt cheated of my £20, well £40 because I took a friend. Didn't have the nerve to ask her for the money since it was dire. Visited Cafe Royal on 2016-04-05
by on April 7th, 2016

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