…celebrating 100 years of European avant-garde cinema & animation


Spellbinding Live Cinema performance since 2010.

For the last ten years the Cabinet has created and toured live cinema events, living graphic novel performances and participatory live cinema projects. We have toured to venues and festivals including Wilderness, Shambala, the British Library, V & A and ROH.

Our live scores and living graphic novels are created in collaboration with emerging artists, local community groups, youth groups, museums, art galleries and local festivals through workshops and rehearsals.

In 2020, our Ten-Year anniversary and the year of Brexit, we celebrate Europe’s 100 year cinematic heritage with our #100years tour, using our instruments, voices and hand-held FX to create atmospheric live scores to films – both renowned and unknown – from across Europe.

“The Cabinet of Living Cinema magically bring stories to life with hypnotic animation and beautiful, innovative and atmospheric scores.”
(Liz Moreton, Senior Producer, BAC)

ABOUT #100years (outdoor tour)

Between May and July 2021, the Cabinet of Living Cinema is bringing a live show to eight outdoor spaces across the South of England including piers, gardens, arts venues, community spaces & local festivals. The event has four strands:

Live scores to animation:

The performance will feature two musicians creating magical live scores to 100 Years of European Animation inside a tent which can be viewed through “portholes”.

Live scores to stories:

Performances open and close with stories written and read by children also accompanied by the musicians from the lockdown project Stories in my Ears


Live narration:

During the main performance, a reader (child or adult) will be invited to narrate the 1973 Prague studio animation of Where the Wild Things Are to accompany this seminal version of the classic, approved by Maurice Sendak himself.

Whole audience participation:

Audience members will be invited to bring sound FX to choose a sound from the Where the Wild Things book (e.g. forest, boat sail, sea, the wild rumpus) and make the sound when they see the image on the film. There will be a short rehearsal as part of the performance.

More practical information on request (staging, Covid-safe seating, programming options etc).

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England (www.artscouncil.org.uk)