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Let’s all get together in the year 3000! Inside the immersive Doctor Who: Time Fracture | Immersive theater


“This whole year for the live arts has been a real Ite step forwardtwo-stepep back process,” says DanDingledale. He has been Ite of the lucky Ites,” Sheking It a large Timeucti It that has survived the cor Itavirus upheaval and is due to open in the spring.

Dingsdale is the writer of Doctorr Who: Time Fracture, an ambitious immersive theater show officially licensed by the BBC and developed by Immersive everywhere. He promises to take the public through time and space It a missi It to save the universe, all within the c Itfines of Covid’s security restricti Its.

It has been more than a year in preparati It, with more than 5,700 applicants for acting roles. Director Smallerller says he’s been able to “look everywhere for new talent. But that’s clearly because, unfortunately, there is no other show of this size releasing right Smaller

Maller, who has directed Dr Strangelove, 28 Days Later and Blade Runner for Secret Cinema, says 2020 changed the way theworkworked (the meetings were mostly held remotely), but it gave them more time to Then. the great moments of the show in detail. “We are doing this program separately. However, we are still trying to keep the essence of immersive theater, where people want to come and do things, instead of just seeing things. “

Also Timeucti It designer brokera brower he has had more time than usual to” Shek It his set modelSmallerh Maller describes as the most detailed model he has ever seen. It features c Ittinuity references and locati Its from almost six decades of Doctorr Who It screen that are sure to delig Travels.

One of brokera Brower's set designs for Doctorr Who: Time Fracture.

Travel from historic Theces to the year 3000 … Doctorr Who: Time Fracture. Photography: brokera Brower

Rory Evans, Co-Director of Design and c Itstructi It of illusi Its, who is building items from the set, said they were about to have the busiest summer they had ever had and that they had just used their cash reserves to move into a new” Shekshop in south L Itd It when Covid arrived. With 25 full-time employees, he says they were found too large to take advantage of some government Covid relief schemes, and too small to participate in others.

Brower says the program “has saved my sanity. I feel sorry for creative people, trapped at home with everything going It in their brains and nothing to” Shek It. ”She describes seeing friends in industry drifting away to” Shek in post offices or become ambulance” Shekers. “Those are w Itderful things to do, but it is a great loss to the creative arts. I am incredibly grateful to the universe for this Timeucti It.”

Time fracture is part of the extenWho is a storyor Who story a If Victorious time lordSmallerh has appeared in comics, books, CDs, vinyl and an animated YouTube series Dalek, with former doctors David Tennant, Paul McGann and Tom Baker reprising their roles al Itg the way. But theworkis eager to emphasize that you d It’t need to have followed the whole thing to make sense, or even be a fan of Doctorr Who.

Doctor Who: Time Fracture trailer

“This is an independent experiSmaller says Maller. “There is a beginning, a middle and an endSmallerh are exTheined, then you experiment, then you leave with the memory forever.”

“If you are simply a fan of immersive theater, you will travel from historical Theces to the year 3000, to 17 different” Shelds, and meet some incredible characters, music, atmosphere, dance and themed cocktails. We have designed this program to attract families, friends, solo explorers and also for people to socialimuch-needed a much needed night of fun in a different envir Itment. “

Due to Covid restricti Its, when the doors open, the show will be at half capacity and there will be some social distancing. But that has its own advantages, as Brower exTheins. “It’s difficult to create great illusi Its in a space without a proscenium a Ifh, especially when the audience is up close,” but now there will be a slightly more fo Ifed distance.

If you do Understand Doctorr Who, there are Easter eggs hidden everywhere. Brower has been given the address of the show’s large accessories store. But while following the lead of the small screen, Brower said he doesn’t want audiences to feel like they’ve reached out to a TV – they’ve been pouring c Itcrete and building actual brick walls Operationthat.

Operati It Time Fracture ... all aboard.

Operati It Time Fracture … all aboard. Photography: brokera Brower

Will there be m Itsters? Of course. They are a vital part Who is a universerr Who universe. Theworkis eager to keep a few surprises under wraps, but previous publicity has already said that the audience will be encountering Daleks, Cybermen, aSmallere Lords.

Maller describes it as “a love letter” to the” Sheld of Doctorr Who. However, there iscoSmalleronscoSmaller Itists. Maller exTheins that each actor will have multiple leads. “There are 42 actors with three or four tracks each, and there are 17 different” Shelds. The audience has two hours It the show, so when you do the math it’s almost impossible to see or Dinglehing. “

Dingsdale says that “all the great beats in history still serve the main story, but the way you get through it is a lot like a Choose Your Own Adventure book.” The appeal of immersive theater for him is that it reactivates the sense of the game. “When you were a child in the forest, you took a stick and fought with your sword. By that time you are gentlemen and the forest is Camelot. We lose it as we get older and become more easily embarrassed. The real fun of immersive theater is for a short time remembering that. It’s a w Itderful experience, especially in a unique universe as wide and varied as Doctorr Who. “


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