The dark side of Victoriana

Shapes of things to come?
Shapes of things to come?

TOPS and tails, bustles and bonnets may be a big ask — but this weekend, Kelvingrove art gallery invites you to experience at least a small part of Victorian culture.

The attraction is opening its doors for a one-off night time event – perhaps worth the ticket price alone for architecture and spook seekers alike.

The Victorians After Dark is a multi-performance, adults-only branch of the Rediscover the Victorians programme running throughout the weekend.

An evening fusing Victorian concepts of performance with 21st century performers (the originals may have proved too hard to dig up), it’s an unlikely but intriguing event for the westend museum.

Topping the bill is New Yorker Thomas Truax, a walking one-man band, playing everything (at once) from guitars to a homemade Hornicator (we, too, are intrigued) and telling tales of his mysterious musical inventions.

Dancer Iona Kewney and musician Joseph Quimby also feature as well as the Paper Cinema, a spellbinding show of puppetry, shadow, moving images and music, and pieces from Glasgow collective 85A.

Also taking centre stage is the Britannia Panopticon. The UK’s oldest surviving music hall is currently closed for winter — but resident performer Judith Bowers is stepping into the limelight at Kelvingrove especially for the night.

THE Victorians After Dark is on at Kelvingrove art gallery and museum on Saturday – 8pm start. Over 18s only. Tickets cost £8 (plus booking fee), available from 353 8000.