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Museum of Austerity

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A mixed reality exhibition that preserves memories of public and private events from the austerity era. Combining verbal testimony, original music and ground-breaking volumetric capture, this powerful documentary records stories of disabled benefit claimants who died between 2010-2021, inviting audiences to contemplate close-up the human impact of austerity.


Type of film
Running Time
30 min
Mixed Reality
Sacha Wares
Benjamin Jacob Smith, Meg Fozzard
English Touring Theatre, National Theatre Immersive Storytelling Studio
Executive Producer
Sacha Wares (Trial and Error Studios ), Sophie Scull (ETT), Richard Twyman (ETT), Toby Coffey (National Theatre Immersive storytelling studio)
Production Designer
Miriam Buether
Gareth Fry
Adrian Lee
Principal Cast
Shango Baku, Jenny Bolt, Gerard McDermott, Katie Matsell, Zoe Matthews, S.J. O’Kane, Lindy Pieri, Elliot Pritchard, Naima Swaleh
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
All Seeing Eye
XR Developer
All Seeing Eye
Technical Lead
All Seeing Eye
Technical Support

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Last updated 1st November 2021

Production Company

English Touring Theatre
25 Short Street
London SE1 8LJ
+44(0)20 7450 1990

Trial and Error

National Theatre Immersive Storytelling Studio
National Theatre
Upper Ground
South Bank
London SE1 9PX
+44 (0)207 452 3248