For King and Country at The Colab Factory has been extended until 29 July 2018 by popular demand.
It’s December 1940 and a Nazi invasion force has landed on the south coast of England – every decision taken in the bunker will shape the course of history! Reinventing the wheel of immersive theatre, Parabolic Theatre present an escape room-like experience with a high level of interaction where the audience determine the direction and flow of the story.
This exciting interactive production offers audiences a chance to live through Britain’s ‘Darkest Hour’, making many of the tough decisions that Churchill himself made. With London in crisis, parliament is recalled and with all the members of both houses meeting in Westminster, the audience represent a small group of backbench MPs and their families – designated survivors – who have been taken to a secure location. They are completely unaware of the imminent events that will thrust them into the limelight and put the fate of the country in their hands. Can you save the British people from Hitler and his Third Reich, or will the war be over by Christmas?
For King and Country is an immersive theatre experience where every single night is different. The actors have no scripts, just a complete understanding of the alternative world they are creating aided by in-depth historical research. The audience are not just watching; at some point everyone will play the protagonist in one way or another.
The cast includeChristopher Sykes, Edward Andrews, Zoe Flint, Peter Dewhurst, Michael Thomas, Lauren Reed, Owen Kingston and Tom Black.
Director Owen Kingston comments, For King and Country is an unusual beast – a hugely political play that has a lot to say about today’s world through the lens of an alternative history, yet it is also a riot of fun! Bertolt Brecht always wanted his work to engage audiences better with politics by making theatre feel more like a boxing match – the same tense atmosphere of excitement where the audience feel personally invested in the outcome. I think For King and Country achieves that – I’m so glad that the extension will give more people the chance to experience it for themselves.