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Museum Of Austerity

Museum of Austerity is a mixed reality exhibition that preserves memories of public and private events from the austerity era.

Room 1 of the exhibition, previewing at London Film Festival, records personal stories of disabled benefit claimants who died between 2010-2020. Combining verbal testimony, original music and ground-breaking volumetric capture, this exhibition invites audiences to contemplate close-up the human impact of austerity.

Co-produced by English Touring Theatre, the National Theatre Storytelling Studio and Trial & Error, this powerful installation combines the skills of theatre/XR director Sacha Wares with the in-depth knowledge of John Pring, editor of Disability News Service.

Running Time: 30 minutes

Content Warning:

Museum of Austerity contains material that some people may find distressing or find challenging to engage with.

This includes:

  • Holographic depictions of: death and mental distress
  • Audio references to: mental distress and death, including suicide, linked to the benefit system
  • Audio references to: domestic violence, alcoholism, self harm, eating disorders, dementia

Age Recommendation: 18+

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An ETT, National Theatre Immersive Storytelling Studio & Trial & Error co-production. Supported by CreativeXR, a programme developed by Digital Catapult and Arts Council England. A Genesis Kickstart Fund project, supported by the Genesis Foundation Co-Commissioned by BFI London Film Festival – LFF Expanded

BSL Introduction Video


London Film Festival

6 - 17 Oct 2021 Tickets →

International Documentary Film Festival

17 - 28 Nov 2021 Tickets →

Creative Team


Mo Ahmed, brother of Sophie (Faiza) Ahmed


Peter Carré, father of Stephen Carré


Imogen Day, sister of Philippa Day


Nichole Drury, daughter of Moira Drury


Jill Gant, mother of Mark Wood


Helen Marston Hullah, sister of Diane Hullah


Dave Smith, brother of James Oliver


Gill Thompson, sister of David Clapson


Alison Turner, daughter-in-law of Errol Graham

Very special thanks to interviewee Joy Dove

Director & Co-Editor

Sacha Wares

Specialist Advisor & Co-Editor

John Pring


Adrian Lee

Costume & Installation Designer

Miriam Buether

Sound Designer

Gareth Fry

Lighting Designer

Prema Mehta

Movement Director

Leon Baugh

Assistant Director

Hana Pascal Keegan

Casting Director

Amy Ball

Costume Supervisor & Stage Manager

Shannon Martin

Stage Manager

Alice Wood

Costume Supervisor

Kinnetia Isidore

Stage Manager

Shane Thom

Dog Handler

Robert Stuhldreer


Tim Jones & Jenni Roditi

All Seeing Eye: XR Developer

Clarice Hilton

All Seeing Eye: XR Developer

Robin North

All Seeing Eye: Technical Lead

Ollie Lindsey

All Seeing Eye: Technical Support

Roderick Morgan

Dimensions Studios: Managing Director

Steve Jelley

Dimensions Studios: Head of Production

Adam Smith

Dimensions Studios: Producer/Technical Director

Sarah Pearn

Dimensions Studios: Operations Director

Kim Curtin Post

Dimensions Studios: Producer

James Hardwick

Dimensions Studios: Production Coordinator

Emily Coyne

Dimensions Studios: DIT

James Gadd & Toby Hyder

Dimensions Studios: Studio Technician

Bradley Cox

Dimensions Studios: Sound

Jack Cook

Dimensions Studios: Senior Lead Volumetric Technical Artist

Adrianna Polcyn

Dimensions Studios: Volumetric Technical Artist:

Sami Ling

Research Partner

Disability News Service

Volumetric Capture Partner

Dimension Studios

Executive Producers, ETT

Sophie Scull & Richard Twyman

Producers, ETT

Meg Fozzard & Andrew Hughes

Executive Producer, National Theatre Immersive Storytelling Studio

Toby Coffey

Junior Producer, National Theatre Immersive Storytelling Studio

Benjamin Smith

Executive Producer, Trial & Error

Sacha Wares

Wellbeing & Access

Family Liaison

Megan Cronin

Artist Wellbeing Practitioner

Lou Platt

BSL Introduction

Deepa Shastri


Vicky Berry and Jenny Skene

Audio Description


Access Consultancy

Rachel Bagshaw, David Bellwood, Daisy Hale, Richard Tilling, Rai Waddingham, Dr. Jay Watts

Thanks to:

Kate Baiden, James Baldwin, Richard Butchins, Ellen Clifford, Sophie Coombes Sue Emmas, Helen Fallows, Graeae Theatre Company, John Horan, Julia Horan, Tim Johanson, Melissa Johns and DANC, David Kaskel, Nicolas Kent, Mac at 26 Leake Street, Michael Morris, Jem Moorshead at Scenery Salvage, The Park Plaza County Hall Hotel, Purni Morrell, Ian Rickson, Nina Salomons, Ajax Scott, Raz Shaw, Nick Starr, Richard Tilling, Dan Tucker, Claire Wardroper.

At the National Theatre:

Kirsten Adam, Sophie Barrett, Richard Booth, Richard Eustace, Gavin Gibson, Simon Godfrey, Paul Handley, Lee Harrington, Shane Hover, Kate John, Tony Kelly, Huw Llewelyn, Gary Pell, Dave Tuff, Marc Tritchler, Charlotte Bevan.

Additional content credit:

Audio clips broadcast by Parliament TV, from the Proceedings of the UK Parliament on: 22nd June 2010; 28th June 2010; 2nd December 2014; 27th October 2015; 3rd February 2016 ; 5th February 2020; 30th September 2020.

Additional content credit:

Incidental guitar music and paintings, by Mark Wood, included in Mark Wood's narrative, by arrangement with Jill Gant.

Additional content credit:

Helen Marston Hullah interview by Norman Thomas.


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