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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
This production includes
Holographic depictions of: death and mental distress
Audio references to: death, including suicide; domestic violence; alcoholism; self harm; eating disorders; mental distress; dementia.

Age Recommendation: 18+

The experience includes the use of HoloLens 2 Mixed Reality headsets and on-ear headphones.
Audiences will be able to experience Museum of Austerity with the following options:

  • Filtered content
  • Audio described version
  • Captioned version
  • Dialogue only version
  • Silent version
  • Large over-ear headphones which can encompass a behind-ear hearing aid
  • A volume control allowing independent reduction of the volume in the left or right ear
  • A 3.5mm mini-jack socket if you have a direct input cable for your hearing aid
  • A personal induction loop if you have a hearing aid with a T-setting

Museum of Austerity is previewing at LFF as a work-in-progress. If you have any suggestions about these options or any suggestions about how we can improve the accessibility of Museum of Austerity please email – we would be glad to answer your questions and/or hear your suggestions.

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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


London Film Festival

6 - 17 Oct 2021 Tickets →

Creative Team


Mo Ahmed, brother of Sophie (Faiza) Ahmed


Peter Carré, father of Stephen Carré


Imogen Day, sister of Philippa Day


Joy Dove, mother of Jodey Whiting


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

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 Paskal Keegan

Casting Director

Amy Ball

Costume Supervisor & Stage Manager

Shannon Martin

Stage Manager

Alice Wood

All Seeing Eye: XR Developer

Clarice Hilton

All Seeing Eye: XR Developer

Robin North

All Seeing Eye: Technical Lead

Ollie Lindsey

Research Partner

Disability News Service

Volumetric Capture Partner

Dimension Studios

Artist Wellbeing Practitioner

Lou Platt

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


Shango Baku

Jenny Bolt

Gerard McDermott

Katie Matsell

Zoe Matthews

S.J. O’Kane

Lindy Pieri

Naima Swaleh

Elliot Pritchard