There are plenty of ways to immerse yourself in the London life but the arts are bringing you a whole new meaning to the word. In recent years, immersive theatre has risen in popularity and new experiences are popping up all over the city waiting for you to dive right in. But it can sometimes be hard to find them if you don’t know what you’re looking for. So we’ve brought you our top five to try out this summer.
Image: The Feel Good Institute
MERGE Festival 2018
183-185 Union Street
8 June – 1 July 2018
12pm – 7pm
The Feel Good Institute and Crossbones Gardens are two immersive installations that will be performing at MERGE Festival. These multi-sensory experiences have been specially curated to spread those feel-good vibes. Expect to find yourself exploring a whole new world through a series of chambers including a midnight rainbow, a flash of love, a visceral sound and light installation, and theatrical experiences in this new, fun fashion of storytelling.
Better Bankside has collaborated with Illuminate Productions to bring MERGE Festival to Bankside where you’ll also be able to participate in their Pub Quiz with a special appearance from host Timberlina, dance the day away at their lunchtime disco, enjoy musical bingo at Borough Market and receive a random act of kindness from some of the areas local venues.
Image: The Murdér Express
The Murdér Express
May – September 2018
Take to the rails on this Agatha Christies inspired murder mystery experience aboard a glamorous retro steam train. Get yourself a ticket and take a seat on The Murdér express where you’ll be treated to a thrilling tale during a banquet meal expertly crafted to your whodunit experience by two MasterChef finalists. See if you can solve the mystery for yourself!
Image: Sounds and Sorcery
03 July – 30 September 2018
Any big Disney fans? Well, now the magical worlds of Disney’s Fantasia is coming to life in a new multi-sensory immersive show at The Vaults. The tunnels beneath Waterloo will be transformed into the eight worlds featured in the 1940 animated film, bring this weird and wonderful world to life with psychedelic colours and interactive installations.
You will be guided through these worlds by a symphony of music that featured in the original film from your own individual headphones that will be provided upon entry. The Disney classic was known for its progression in technology and this show will be no different with binaural technology that will make sounds move around you in an engrossing three-dimensional soundscape to complement the elaborate set designs and projections.
For children and big kids alike, enter into this magical world from our childhood and enjoy the beautiful music by founder and head of Silent Opera, Daisy Evans.
Image: The Immersive Ensemble
The Great Gatsby
84 Long Lane
16 March – 30 September 2018
Find yourself transported back through time to the roaring twenties, a world filled with jazz, cocktails and excess, in this extraordinary production of F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic tale, The Great Gatsby. Step through a drugstore to London’s largest party hosted by the mysterious Mr Gatsby. Explore the many rooms within, held on different levels and tucked behind curtains to try to uncover the mystery of Jay Gatsby for yourself.
This immersive evening of lust and liquor is brought to South London by the amazing The Immersive Ensemble. These guys have extensive experience working on creating some of the most popular immersive shows of recent years and get a thrill throwing events that puts you directly at the heart of the story.
Image: The Great Masked Ball
The Great Masked Ball
Secret London Location
From 12 July 2018
Prince Siegfried is holding a glittering ball at his palace and you’re all invited! Hidden behind your mysterious mask, find yourself waltzing with Princes and feasting with queens in this bewitching world of London’s immersive Swan Lake experience.
From the creators who brought us Planet Gingerline, Beauty and the Feast, and the Alice’s Adventures Underground bar, the legend of the Black Swan and the White lies waiting for you amongst glittering halls and enchanted forests and then find yourself at the head of a delicious bespoke banquet carefully created by Masterchef Champion Tim Anderson.
This will be a night to remember so get your ticket and then all you have to do is decide whether you’ll be going dressed as the black or white swan!
Will you be immersing yourself in one of these unique London experiences? Let us know in the comments below!