Beaumont Election was a staged event organised in north London’s Crouch End by the team behind Secret Cinema. It featured mayor election in an American city of Beaumont, based in t he ’20s Prohibition Era. Among the actors present were two candidates: Republican Henry R Woole, with a conservative and anti-immigration program and John D Francis from the opposite Democratic Party, as well as their aides, friends. local gangsters, policemen and many others.
After a lot of tension and even staged fights between the audience, accusation of corruption and disturbance, the votes were summed up and resulted in Mr Francis chosen for the new town mayor. Disturbed rival demanded vote recalculation, to the huge audience disapproval. The numbers happened to be the same and Mr Francis concluded the day in a passionate speech calling for equality, understanding and cooperation of the citizens.
Local Beaumont City Band has played jazz and swing songs on the stage, the audience loved it and was encouraged to dance. The Pharaoh Club’s dancers were performing among the public, including a spontaneous splashes in a square fountain. Well done for locals to attend the event dressed up in 1920s style, including suits, hats, pearls, stunning dresses and accessories.
Enjoy the photos from this fantastic event