Labyrinth Theatre Tour of Women’s History

– Posted on Tuesday 20th October 2015

Labyrinth: History in Heels Unlocked will be the third promenade theatre performance of its kind taking place between 6th and 8th November 2015 at the House of Manannan, Peel.

Part of this year’s History in Heels project, this immersive theatrical journey will reveal the kaleidoscopic stories of the remarkable women of the Isle of Man. Audiences will encounter political campaigners, Viking royalty, formidable women who underpinned the tourist economy, bad girls, fast women and forgotten pioneers.

The House of Manannan in Peel closes its doors to become the stage for this exclusive performance by the Labyrinth: History in Action players.

Labyrinth: History in Action players formed in 2013 for a major event at Castle Rushen. The group imaginatively interpret real stories from historic events and Manx National Heritage archives and transform them into moving, empowering or sometimes comical performances. Since establishing in 2013 Labyrinth Unlocked performances have been sell-out events.

Katie King, from Labyrinth: History in Action said;

“The event promises to be as intriguing and entertaining as previous shows. We have loved seeing the audience’s reaction to Labyrinth. As well as bringing history to life and being part of the experience they’ve also been surprised at how we present these real life stories.”

The year-long women’s history project History in Heels has seen pop-up displays and events at seven venues around the Island – the Manx Museum, House of Manannan, Castle Rushen, The Old House of Keys, The Old Grammar School, Cregneash and The Grove.  With the majority of the seasonal sites closing on 1st November and Cregneash and the Grove on 8th November, this October will be the last chance to see many of these special History in Heels displays. The History in Heels project was organised in association with and in celebration of the centenary of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.

Tickets for Labyrinth: History in Heels Unlocked are £12 Adult or £6 Student/Child available from the House of Manannan Shop or online. A number of performance times are available to choose from as audience size for each show is limited.

Visitors are advised to wear sensible footwear for Labyrinth: History in Heels Unlocked (heels not required!) and are also advised that it is an active and fast-moving performance which will involve walking on uneven pathways, confined spaces and low lighting levels.

Reviews from last year’s ‘Labyrinth: The Great War Unlocked’ commemorating the centenary of the First World War:

What an incredibly powerful piece of theatre! Thought provoking, funny, and real ‘hairs on the back of the neck’ stuff…

Evocative. Informative. Atmospheric.

First time I’ve ever enjoyed a history lesson.

A very different experience than we were expecting. Great!

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