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Published on June 10th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

The Crash of the Elysium

On crossing the threshold of a well intentioned exhibition on the mysterious sinking of a Victorian steamer called the Elysium, most children won’t expect anything out of the ordinary, other than a few buttons to press and a few lectures to half absorb.

Only for an hour of their lives everything will change. On the cusp of good and evil, between spooks and scares, this exhibition will become the battle ground between the universes darker agents and the Doctor. And he needs the your help (provided you’re aged between 6- 12 that is)

Punchdrunk, masters of turning the familiar into the strange and twisted have teamed up with fellow master of the creeping mundane Steven Moffat in an all new ‘immersive’ Doctor Who theatre show.

For a long time speculation had been mounting on the nature of the groups show The Crash of the Elysium, opening at the MediaCity complex as part of the Manchester International Festival, Salford, on 30th June, and now its been confirmed that the company that had previously turned an area of a school into a magical storybook landscape for Under the Eiderdown will be turning their versatile hands to the Whoinverse.

On entering their very own episode of Doctor Who (based on a suggestion by Steven Moffat and written by show writer Tom MacRae (Rise of the Cybermen)) children can expect to find the same mixture of the terrifying and the surprising.

Former teacher Pete Higgin, director of Punchdrunk’s enrichment programme for schools isn’t too concerned that a company that usually specialises in scaring and delighting adults will be too frightening for children:

“All children love surprises, and they know a surprise generally means something good. No parent tells their child: ‘I’ve got a surprise for you’ and then takes them to the dentist.”

Punchdrunk, led by artistic director Felix Barrett, will put on  children-only performances and family performances, where grown-ups can accompany the youngest fans.

Sadly, however, adults will not be admitted if they are not with a child.

For more information head over to the MIF website.

(via The Guardian)

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.



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