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The Belle Vue Pyrodrama
For much of the period during which Belle Vue Zoological Gardens operated, Manchester’s thrill-seekers were time and again lured by one of the amusement park’s more curious and creative attractions: the pyrodrama. Incorporating elaborate firework displays, extensive and meticulously detailed panoramas, and hundreds of actors, Belle Vue's pyrodramas reenacted clashes of civilisations in jingoistic displays of European imperialism. Through this virtual exhibition, we hope to further describe what characterised this unusual phenomenon of Belle Vue history.