With no formal training the Victorian architect Frank Matcham designed a staggering number of theatres right across the UK to satisfy the public hunger for the delights of the music hall. Only 24 remain, but these opulent, gilded plaster palaces continue to transport theatregoers of all ages into a hidden world of fantastical glamour, and astonish actors with their unequalled acoustics and perfect sightlines.
With contributions from actor Simon Callow and the president of the Frank Matcham Society John Earl, as well as theatre CEOs, technical managers, producers and architects, this colourful, irreverent and playful short film captures the visible and invisible magic of the remarkable spaces designed by Britain’s greatest ever theatre architect.
From the Blackpool Grand to the Hackney Empire, the Cheltenham Everyman to the world famous London Coliseum, Bombastic Rubbish offers a mischievous and magical insight into these most flamboyant of British buildings.
Directed by Daniel Nils Roberts & Titas Halder
Edited by Daniel Nils Roberts
Filmed by Hannah Madsen & Jonathan Brodie