See Pompeii Live: Encore at Hippodrome

Wall painting of the baker Terentius Neo and his wife. From the House of Terentius Neo, Pompeii. AD 50–79. © Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei

Wall painting of the baker Terentius Neo and his wife. From the House of Terentius Neo, Pompeii. AD 50–79. © Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei

A unique production – originally broadcast live from the British Museum in London in June – is getting a repeat showing at the Bo’ness Hippodrome Cinema as part of Big Roman Week.

“Pompeii Live” gets its Encore screening at Scotland’s oldest purpose-built cinema on Saturday, September 21, 2013, from 2.30 p.m.

It was the first live cinema event produced by the Museum – offering an exclusive private view of its current major exhibition Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum (which ends its run on September 29).

The exhibition has a unique focus, looking at the Roman home and lives of the people who lived nearly 2000 years ago in Pompeii and Herculaneum, both typical Roman towns at the heart of the empire.

The production takes visitors along a Roman street and into a local house with atrium entrance, bedroom, kitchen, dining room, sitting room and garden.

In the company of experts such as the curator of the exhibition Paul Roberts; Professor of Classics at Cambridge University, Mary Beard; historian Bettany Hughes; as well as interviewees such as chef Giorgio Locatelli and gardener Rachel de Thame, we will be taken close up to the famous casts of the people caught in the volcanic heat as well as the objects from their daily lives.

Examples include intricate pieces of jewellery, sculpture, mosaics, cooking equipment and even food including an intact loaf of bread with the baker’s stamp still on it.

Also on display will be wooden furniture carbonized by the high temperatures of the ash that engulfed Herculaneum which are extremely rare finds that would not have survived at Pompeii – showing the importance of combining evidence from the two cities.  The furniture includes a linen chest, an inlaid stool and even a garden bench.  Perhaps the most astonishing and moving piece is a baby’s crib.

The programme is introduced by British Museum director Neil MacGregor.

Speaking before the initial broadcast in the summer, Mr MacGregor said:  “Following the success of live cinema broadcasts of theatre, opera and ballet, the British Museum is thrilled to produce and broadcast its live exhibition event. This is a unique experience for audiences across the country to enjoy a very special evening view of this unmissable exhibition, full of fascinating objects lent to us from Italy, from the comfort of a cinema chair. It will be a very personal tour guided by experts who will explore the stories these special objects tell us of Roman life 2000 years ago. We hope this will inspire people to travel to come and see the exhibition at the British Museum”.

 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 – FILM: POMPEII LIVE ENCORE (12A). Another chance to see this amazing broadcast, originally transmitted live earlier this year, giving visitors a unique view of the British Museum’s acclaimed exhibition, Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum. With contributions from a range of experts, including historian Mary Beard.  Please note: notwithstanding the advisory of 12A this screening includes explicit sexual content and graphic sexual language which some people might find offensivePlease email or contact the box office if you would like more information on the content. At the Hippodrome Cinema, Hope Street, Bo’ness, EH51 0AA, from 2.30 p.m. Tickets £6 (£4.55 concessions). Box office: 01324 506850.

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