The Great War Unlocked

– Posted on Saturday 1st November 2014

An immersive theatre experience comes to the Manx Museum on Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 November. Labyrinth: The Great War Unlocked will take you on a journey through the secret passageways and galleries of the Manx Museum, exploring life as experienced by Manx people during the First World War. Using personal accounts the stories of ‘this terrible ordeal’ will be brought to life by Labyrinth: History in Action players in a series of exclusive after hours performances.

Katie King, MNH Community Engagement Officer, explains more:

“We have been working on The Great War Unlocked production since late last year with our theatre group ‘Labyrinth: History in Action’, and we are excited to be performing it to an audience for the first time in November. Our group pride themselves on using accurate historical material and creative immersive theatre techniques to tell the Island’s stories in new and engaging ways – and The Great War Unlocked is no exception.

We have focused on life stories uncovered during Manx National Heritage’s extensive research for ‘The Terrible Ordeal’ exhibition. We will bring these stories to life during the performance, exploring everything from the collapse of the Manx tourist trade to the bureaucracy of war, from heart breaking letters to comedic interactions, from the tragic to the bizarre. The fast paced performance will take visitors on a thought provoking, surprising and entertaining journey through the Museum ‘out of hours’. Since the group formed early in 2013, all their performances have been sell outs.  Get your tickets now to avoid disappointment!”

The timed, ticketed performances take place on Friday 14 November at 7.30pm, Saturday 15 November at 6pm and 8pm, and Sunday 16 November at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm, and numbers are strictly limited.  Tickets are £12 adults, £6 students/children from the Manx Museum Gallery Shop and online.

Please note the Great War Unlocked is an active and fast-moving experience and will involve walking up and down staircases, confined spaces and low lighting levels and therefore is not recommended for children under 8 years. The performance lasts approximately 80 minutes.

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