Co­me­dian Vic­to­ria Wood is hon­oured in ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion

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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.

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