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Tower Bridge Exhibition

Blackout: A New Immersive Bascule Chamber Event

19th February 2018 • News

Blackout: A New Immersive Bascule Chamber Event

We're thrilled to welcome back the Guildhall School of Music & Drama for an unmissable site-specific video projection and sound installation in the Bascule Chamber, London’s greatest hidden space.

The performance explores the fascinating story from during the Blitz, when the Square Mile was decimated by high explosive and incendiary bombs, two City of London Police officers, Arthur Cross and Fred Tibbs, rushed out into the aftermath to photograph the damage. Inspired by their photography, a new immersive video projection and sound installation transforms Tower Bridge’s Bascule Chamber to the post Blitz era.

The show explores the hidden world of the Cross and Tibbs Collection, offering a dramatized narrative that explores the characters, the landscape and the impact of the Blitz across the City, at Tower Bridge and beyond. The hour-long performances show case specifically-commissioned new works created by artists from Guildhall School’s BA in Video Design for Live Performance course.

The Bascule Chamber is an exciting new cultural space for London.Normally off-limits to the public, the space houses the huge counterweights used to open Tower Bridge’ bascules. Blackout is the sixth public event to take place in the Chamber and follows on from the success of last year’s  Terra Incognita – Here be Dragons.

Blackout is produced by Guildhall School in partnership with Tower Bridge, City of London Police Museum and London Metropolitan Archives, all of which are provided by the City of London Corporation.

Prices, dates and times

General ticket: £28.50
Concessions: £19.50

Friday 23, Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 March 2018
11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm & 9pm*
*There is no 7pm or 9pm performance on Sunday


Please call the Barbican Box Office on 020 7638 8891 to book your tickets. Booking for each day’s events will close at 8pm the evening before. 

For security reasons, bookings can only be made by telephone. Please note that tickets are limited due to the capacity of the Bascule Chamber.


Due to the operational nature of the space, please ensure you read the full terms and conditions before purchasing tickets.

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