SALEM VAUDEVILLE THEATRE
Fuelled by an avid appreciation for black and white movies of the 1940s/50s era, theatre and installation art, I researched heavily into Vaudeville Theatre. Vaudeville was a style of variety entertainment in which singers, dancers, comedians, acrobats, animal acts (to name a few) would perform on the same bill. This style of clean entertainment provided a place suitable for women as well as men, and also children, while also providing a platform for aspiring stars of the time. Stars such as Fred Astaire and Bob Hope began their careers on the Vaudeville stage, before becoming big names of the time. In this project I wanted to capture the atmosphere and unique characteristics of the Vaudeville Theatres from the late 1800s/ early 1900s and introduce it into contemporary society, again providing a platform for aspiring performers and place to unite society.