‘Enchanting, spellbinding, uplifting’
THE SECRET THEATRE
'capturing all that’s good
about live performance'
'a delightfully life-affirming present'
WINNER of Best Dance Film at the Critics Circle National Dance Awards 2021.
In a deserted city, a young boy stumbles into a theatre. He wanders through the auditorium, where rows of velvet chairs, draping curtains and chandeliers seem to lie in lonely wait for audiences to return. The theatre may be empty, but the show will go on...
Starring characters from Scottish Ballet's most popular festive ballets, the worlds of the Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy collide when the theatre bursts into life.
The Secret Theatre is Directed for Screen by Jess and Morgs, it features choreography of Scottish Ballet founder Peter Darrell and CEO/Artistic Director Christopher Hampson, with set and costumes designed by Lez Brotherston; music by Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky recorded live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra; new additional composition by Frank Moon; and performances from the full Scottish Ballet Company.
The Secret Theatre won Best Dance Film at the Critics Circle National Dance Awards 2021.
'The Secret Theatre accentuates the credentials of all concerned, not least the exciting film-making reputation of Jess and Morgs.’
‘Filmed, with immense skill and imagination, by Jess and Morgs... A Triumph'
“Vibrancy and joy... Inventive film techniques add to the production’s fantastical nature: dancers are fast-forwarded and rewound, cameras swerve into the middle of the action and cuts between scenes allow sudden changes that would be impossible on stage.’
‘When Jess and Morgs are given full reign this is a superb cinematic experience’