Portraits in Motion

Volker Gerling

Intrepid traveller Volker Gerling is a passionate creator of flipbooks. Since 2003 he has walked over 3,500km throughout Germany, inviting people to visit his travelling Flipbook “thumb cinema” exhibition and creating flipbook portraits of some of the people he meets along the way.

In Portraits in Motion, Gerling shows the audience a selection of his favourite flipbook portraits by holding each one under a video camera so that its moving images are projected onto a large screen. In a series of enchanting and precious moments the people he photographed come to life on screen as he shares the heart-warming and moving stories behind each encounter.

Portraits in Motion is a delicate and beautiful experience that ‘lets you see the world a little differently’ (What’s On Stage). Catch it if you loved Freeze! and Bigmouth (Mayfest 2014).

Post-show discussion with Volker Gerling following performance on Tuesday 17th.

Winner: Total Theatre Award 2015

Each year, the Fringe throws up curios like this: little gems that let you see the world a little differently. Just delightful.

★★★★ What’s On Stage

In Volker Gerling’s tiny flipbooks, great things emerge from small candid portraits of strangers that offer fascinating glimpses into the human soul.

★★★★ Broadway Baby

an oddity and a revelation

★★★★ Financial Times

These miniture stories rinse your eyes like spring water

★★★★ The Sunday Times

his show is uniquely heart-warming

★★★★ The Scotsman

it’s a quiet but deeply moving study

★★★★ Three Weeks

Artistic miniatures full of life and emotion – a poetic sensation.

Augsburger Zeitung

Art could not be quieter, simpler or more beautiful.

Tagesanzeiger Zurich

Bristol Old Vic Studio
Start Date
May 17, 2016
End Date
May 18, 2016
Running Time
65 mins
Age Guidance
Box Office Number
0117 987 7877
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