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Poster - The Festival Water Show

The Festival Water Show

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1954 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed ink on paper

  • Museum number:

    S.3717-1995

  • Gallery location:

    Theatre & Performance, Room 106, case WE, shelf EXP

Poster advertising The Festival Water Show at the Gaiety Theatre, Leith, 1954.

Jimmy Currie specialised in designing water effects for the theatre and producing spectacular aquatic stage shows. The Festival Water Show was presented in Leith to coincide with the 1954 Edinburgh Festival. In addition to the breathtaking special effects, including the celebrated ‘Waltzing Waters’, the audience was entertained by a full variety bill of singers, dancers and comics.

Physical description

Pictorial and typographic hanging card advertising The Festival Water Show at the Gaiety Theatre, Leith. Illustrated with a drawing of a Scottish landscape and, at left, a high waterfall, cascading down behind a pine tree, and, at the base a figure looking up at it.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1954 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (printers)

Materials and Techniques

Printed ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Stamped with Theatre Museum, V.A.M. stamp.

Dimensions

Height: 52.2 cm, Width: 30.4 cm

Object history note

Associated Production: The Festival Water Show. Devised by: Jimmy Currie. Performers: Frank Harvey, Alan McRitchie, Irene Dickson, Jock McNab, Douglas Harris, Betty Nolan, Doreen Stevens, Sylvia Stevens, Desmond Carroll, Pop, White and Stagger, Eight Gaiety Girls, Eight Brandon Girls, Fisherrow Fishwives Choir. Gaiety Theatre, Leith, Scotland. 24.8.1954. Performance category: spectacle. This production featured Jimmie Currie's Waterfalls of Scotland-see the great transformation from a peaceful glen with its bubbling burn (in six seconds) to a tumultous waterfall - 7,000 gallons of water per minute cascading on to the stage. Cost GBP10,000 to build.

Descriptive line

Hanging card advertising The Festival Water Show at the Gaiety Theatre, Leith, 1954

Labels and date

Jimmy Currie specialised in designing water effects for the theatre and producing spectacular aquatic stage shows. The Festival Water Show was presented in Leith to coincide with the 1954 Edinburgh Festival. In addition to the breathtaking special effects, including the celebrated ‘Waltzing Waters’, the audience was entertained by a full variety bill of singers, dancers and comics. [16/08/2016]

Materials

Paper; Printing ink

Techniques

Printing

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Theatre; Posters; Advertising; Scotland

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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