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by WAYNE SAVAGE, entertainments writer
Friday, January 20, 2012
If you don’t turn up, the world doesn’t get saved, warn the creators of live Doctor Who adventure The Crash of The Elysium.
IF you don’t turn up, the world doesn’t get saved, warn the creators of live Doctor Who adventure The Crash of The Elysium.
Tickets went on sale from 10am today for the interactive theatre experience coming to Ipswich from June 15-July 8.
“If we had something like this when I was a little Doctor Who fan I’d have just died with pleasure,” says writer Tom MacRae.
“It’s exciting to give this kind of experience to kids today that even the most ardent fans when I was a kid and you were a kid just didn’t get.”
He’s staying tight-lipped about the plot, based on an idea by the current series’ head writer Steven Moffat.
If you want to know what happens after you’re invited to an exhibition looking back at the crash of the steam ship The Elysium in 1888 you’ll have to go along to the hour-long performance at Crown Street Car Park.
What Tom will say is there are no barriers between you and the action.
“You’re not watching the show, you’re in it as soon you turn up with full access to the world you walk into. You are at the heart of the action, you drive the story forward. No two shows will ever be the same, no individual adventure will ever be repeated.”
Participants don’t need any knowledge of the show, created by the award-winning and internationally acclaimed immersive theatre pioneers Punchdrunk.
If you’ve watched even a couple of episodes over the last few years you’ll see some exciting things. You will definitely see at least one familiar face too, Tom teases.
The Crash of The Elysium is being brought to Ip-art by the Manchester International Festival, The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk County Council and Arts Council England.
It consists of three different types of performances - school shows for ages eight-12, family events for ages seven–12 and after dark performances for ages 13 plus.
“The Crash of The Elysium will add to the Ip-art festival excitement. Doctor Who is close to my heart as I grew up hiding behind the sofa when it came on and I’m sure it will attract people from all over the region,” said councillor Bryony Rudkin, culture portfolio-holder for Ipswich Borough Council.