Comedian Victoria Wood is honoured in major exhibition
THE late Prestwich-born entertainer Victoria Wood is to be honoured with a major new exhibition in Bury. The Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre will display a wealth of the late comedian’s treasures, including original scripts, song sheets, photos and costumes as well as her props.
It’s hoped the exhibition will remember and celebrate her life, during which she wrote and starred in dozens of plays, musicals, sketches, sitcoms and films.
Notebooks full of original ideas and the first song lyrics to Barry and Freda (“Let’s Do It”) will also be on display, as well as photographs from Victoria’s youth and early TV appearances.
Her famous suitcase, a prop she favoured for her stand up shows, has been acquired for the collection, along with costumes from her Christmas special Victoria Wood with all the Trimmings. Those costumes graced the backs of huge acting talents such as Maxine Peake, Alan Rickman and Richard E. Grant.
There will be original scripts, some complete with hand-drawn notes and annotations by Wood herself, for shows including Dinnerladies and Housewife 49.
Wood was a 14-time BAFTA Award nominee, winning four between the years of 1986 and 2007.
She sadly passed away, surrounded by her family, in 2016 after a private battle with cancer.
To try to capture her phenomenal career, the exhibition will be screening a video montage of her work.
This will include behind the scenes footage from one of her Christmas specials, plus a live recording of a Dinnerladies rehearsal (complete with live audience).
Her extensive charity work for Comic Relief will, of course, make up a significant part of the video footage.
Susan Lord, museum and exhibition curator, said: “We are thrilled to hold this exhibition and are grateful to Victoria’s Literary Estate and her family for lending us so many items relating to Victoria’s award-winning career and her home life too.” There will be a curator’s tour of the exhibition on October 12 at 2pm - you’ll need to call the gallery on 0161 253 5878 to reserve your place.
Bury Art Museum is open from 10am to 5pm (Tuesday to Friday) and from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday. Admission is free.