Immersive theatre

What's on at the Vault 2017?

A rundown of some of the shows in the 2016 Vault Festival that appealed to me including Houdini’s Last Trick, >taur_, Decide-A-Quest, The MMORPG show and Werewolf Live.

CoLab Theatre: Hunted

A disappointing first half, especially for anyone who’s attended a Wiretapper event, and a damp squib of an ending left this experience wanting in spite of the middle of the show having a strong set, high octane scenes and generally good acting.

A Place in Time: Maman le Mot

A tongue-in-cheek ‘Allo ‘Allo style performance where I could never quite get my head round whether it was a serious game or not. When it was good, it was very, very good but there were a few too many moments where I was left disappointed.

The Game's Afoot: The Case of the Poisonous Poet

Some of the best immersive theatre in London in an iconic venue with a masterful plot. If you play the game well this has the potential to be an amazing show. Sadly, I didn’t and that tempered my experience. Read the review to make sure you don’t follow my example.

Block Stop: By the End of Us

A real-life first-person perspective game with one player controlling the main character and the “audience” controlling another character via a voting system.

A Door in a Wall: Played to Death

Another installment from the masters of the immersive theatre treasure hunt. A brilliant murder mystery puzzle to solve, some fun puzzles along the trails and great immersive theatre.

Hide and Shriek: Dead Centre

A fun, one hour zombie experience set in a working shopping centre. Plenty of zombies, lots of different scenes, good use of the space and a fitting finale.

A Door in a Wall: A Veiled Threat

A once a month extravaganza in Islington. Easier puzzles but more interaction, this is another great performance from the masters of immersive, puzzly theatre.

Block Stop: Counter Call

I’ve really enjoyed some of the immersive theatre that I’ve attended in the past, but I’ve always felt there was something missing. A feeling that we were just following a script (albeit one we didn’t know), and that we’d end up at the same destination pretty much regardless of what we did. It should come as no surprise
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CoLab Theatre: Crooks

After enjoying our experience a few months ago at CoLab Theatre’s Hostage, it didn’t take much convincing to get a group together for their new performance, Crooks. This one’s entirely separate from their three-part spy series and revolves around infiltrating a Cockney criminal gang and bringing down “the Don”. A few words on a webpage and a slightly cryptic voicemail in a YouTube video
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