Esteemed singer-songwriter and professional theatre dresser, Jerry Burns, is set to captivate audiences with a unique exhibition titled “Girl in The Wings” at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow, running from Saturday 9th December.
Throughout her music career, Jerry has collaborated with illustrious artists such as Bryan Ferry, Sarah Brightman, Massive Attack, and the renowned film composer Craig Armstrong, celebrated for his iconic soundtracks in films like Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, and The Great Gatsby.
Having dedicated nearly eight years to the theatrical world, Jerry Burns brings forth a collection of evocative photographs that peel back the curtain on the beauty, joy, and emotion of life behind the scenes. With her keen eye for detail, Jerry has captured the essence of these collaborations and the enchanting moments that unfold ‘in the wings.’
Jerry’s creative journey for “Girl in The Wings” is shared with designer Victoria Brown, her long-time collaborator in the theatre, and Bethany Kingsley-Garner, Principal dancer at the Scottish Ballet.
Together, they have crafted a unique experience, featuring a short ballet film titled “The Human Touch.” This film, starring Bethany, showcases a soundtrack co-written by Jerry and composer Sally Herbert.
The Human Touch was co-created and co-choreographed by Jerry during lockdown with Bethany alongside her fellow Scottish Ballet Principal dancers Marge Hendrick and Constance Devernay-Lawrence and audiences will have the opportunity to view this mesmerising film during the exhibition.
Jerry expresses her gratitude for the invaluable support received from ATG, particularly James Haworth, the Theatre Director of the Theatre Royal, who played a pivotal role in bringing the exhibition to life.
The genesis of this project and its continued success owe much to the collaboration with the Scottish Ballet. Jerry acknowledges, “Girl In The Wings wouldn’t exist without them. I’m so grateful to them for sharing space in their beautiful theatre with us during the run of Cinders!”
The exhibition, set against the backdrop of the Theatre Royal, invites the public, theatre enthusiasts, and ballet aficionados to experience Jerry’s photographic journey for free throughout the festive season.
The Theatre Royal is the oldest theatre in Glasgow and longest-running theatre in Scotland. It originally opened in 1867 as the Royal Colosseum & Opera House, changing its name to the Theatre Royal in 1869. Today the theatre is the performance home of Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet.
Opening to the public on Tuesdays and Saturdays from December 9, Jerry’s collection will take the form of an advent calendar, featuring 24 unique photographs capturing the unseen world behind the spotlight. These images, including moments from Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Singing in The Rain, Bugsy Malone, and more, will be strategically placed in the foyer areas of the Theatre Royal’s Dress Circle and Upper Circle until December 31.
Exhibition Opening Times:
Saturdays: 10 am – 12 pm (9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th December)
Tuesdays: 1 pm – 4 pm (12th and 19th December)