£15 (£10 YGs) Join the Young Georgians for the premiere of ‘Follies’, a fascinating documentary adaptation of Rory Fraser’s book telling the story of some of Britain's most interesting follies. This
£15 (£10 YGs)
Join the Young Georgians for the premiere of ‘Follies’, a fascinating documentary adaptation of Rory Fraser’s book telling the story of some of Britain’s most interesting follies. This will be accompanied by an exhibition of the exquisite watercolour illustrations (some of which will be for sale on the evening) from the book as well as a short talk from Rory.
Follies, a four-part series of fifteen-minute episodes, follows Rory Fraser as he travels the length of England looking at four of the most significant follies from the last 400 years, from Rushton Triangular Lodge to Castle Howard, Broadway Tower and Faringdon Tower. Rory gets under the skin of this national cabinet of curiosities and understands why these small, elaborate buildings with apparently no purpose, constitute some of England’s most interesting architecture. They act as catalysts for architectural innovation and the self-expression of their zany patrons, they are focal points for literature, landscape and art. And they act as magnets for stories: of Gunpowder Plotters, the Kit Cat Club, Bright Young Things and Nuclear Bunkers. In other words, they are portals to the past where we are reminded that architecture, when freed from function, is itself an art form.
Rory Fraser studied English at Oxford where he wrote his thesis on the relationship between Alexander Pope and William Kent. On graduating, he wrote Follies: An Architectural Journey for Zuleika Books which was described as a ‘compendium of joy’ by The Times, ‘blithely enjoyable’ with ‘charm, amusement and light touch erudition’ by The Spectator, and compared to Evelyn Waugh’s travel writing by the Wall Street Journal. It also featured on BBC Radio London and was book of the week for the LRB and Country Life. Last year, Rory completed an MPhil in Architectural History at Cambridge on John Vanbrugh’s time in Mughal India. He lives in London where he divides his time between writing, lecturing and painting architectural commissions.
The talks starts at 6.30pm, doors open from 6.15pm.
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