Watch This Space offer a uniquely atmospheric interpretation of heritage spaces through events, audio tours and installations

Canons Ashby Victorian County Gathering

DATE: 2011
GENRE: Site specific indoor performance tour
STATUS: Current


Summer 2011 saw the WTS team re-create a Victorian community event at Canons Ashby. Sir Henry Dryden liked to throw open the gates of his ancestral home to welcome the local villagers, and working in partnership with the National Trust, we did the same. We invited small audiences to slip inside the unusual manor house and enter the fascinating world of the Dryden family by means of a secret atmospheric performance tour. Whilst the crowds relaxed and enjoyed the gala festivities outside, something curious and otherworldly was happening inside Canons Ashby. Our intimate tour allowed servants to guide people around the house and see it like never before. We re-created past lives and re-lived forgotten memories, using the unique Watch-This-Space blend of music, performance and visual delights.