Review: David Bowie Exhibition - The Dukes

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I am a lifelong fan of David Bowie.

Should I ever get chance to travel in the Tardis it would be my earnest request to travel back to January 9 1973 to see Bowie perform at Preston Guildhall as part of the Ziggy Stardust tour.

I’ve seen him in concert three times but to see him as Ziggy Stardust would be the ultimate dream.

I, alongside hundreds of thousands of fans, wanted to go to the V&A Museum in London this year to see the David Bowie Is exhibition, a comprehensive exploration of the life and work of Bowie including stage costumes, hand written lyrics and photographic archive dating back to the baby years.

But, like many others, I was unlucky. Tickets sold out.

The live nationwide cinema event, including a showing at The Dukes, was my last chance to see the exhibition, even if at a distance.

Hosted by Victoria Broakes and Geoffrey Marsh from the V&A’s Department of Theatre and Performance, who were responsible for the choice of objects and focus of the show, the event took the audience behind the scenes, explained the significance of the exhibits and heard from the audience of fans.

Celebrities such as Jarvis Cocker, screen writer Hanif Kureishi, choreographer Michael Clark, fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto and music writer Paul Morley each spoke of their connections with and admiration of David Bowie.

It was revealing to see the likes of Cocker, huge stars in their own right, as hero worshipping fans the same as the average man in the street.

And it was equally revealing to see that the audience of the film at The Dukes ranged in age from 16 to 60. The more mature fans having flash backs to their youth and the teens and 20 something hipsters believing they had uncovered something ultra cool and known only to them.

The man born as David Jones on January 9 in 1947, who would change his name to Bowie at 18, always believed he would be a star. His teenage collection of drawings, press clippings and pictures were hoarded by the young man.

He was acting as his own archivist 50 years before this exhibition would need to delve into it for the public’s curiosity.

And I was curious as to how a musum exhibition would work as a filmed event but it succeeded. Entertaining and enlightening.

Elaine Singleton