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Tom MacRae on The Elysium

Fancy appearing in Doctor Who? Well stop reading this, start appearing in theatrical productions, go to an expensive drama school, work twice as hard as your peers, make a few fleeting appearances in less reputable TV productions and then, just maybe someone will whisper a word in a casting directors ear and you just might, might make it.

Or you could just go to Ipswich…

For those not currently in drama school The Crash of the Elysium – a full interactive Doctor Who experience which promises to put you at the very heart of the action – is set to take up residency at Ipswich’s Crown Street Car Park from June 15th to July 8th and East Anglian Daily Times have been chatting to writer and co-creator Tom MacRae (The Girl Who Waited) about letting fans loose in the Doctors universe:

“It all becomes about that huge sense of you’ve got to run – and you’ve got to do it now.”

Despite Tom’s warning the box office for the show has been incredible with the show taking over £16,000 in the first 30 minutes of opening – with a further 200 Internet bookings (with on-line traffic peaking at 300 views at one time) in the first half an hour.

The show – developed with theatrical wizards Punchdrunk, who have made full immersion their business on such productions as Faust and Sleep No More NYC -  promises to give each paying customer a totally unique experience.

“You’re not watching the show you’re in it. You don’t enter a room and get kept behind a barrier where you can’t go up and touch the Daleks. Here, you have full access to the world you walk into…It’s such a sensory experience too, with changes in temperature and smell; all these things TV can’t communicate.”

Tom has even gone as far to say its far more exciting than actually making the show:

“The kids who go though this have an experience the people, including myself, who make the show only wish we could have – which is that our lives were as exciting as the Doctors. If you go through the show, you get to walk in his footsteps in the most amazing way.”

Although originally designed just for children the show has undergone some alterations since it made its debut at the Manchester International Festival in 2011. The Elysium now hosts after dark performances where adults can attend and the actors can let go a little more adding that extra layer of tension to the show.

For fans and newcomers alike the show is a surprise laden, uniquely engaging experience which even the writer of the show can’t seem to get enough of:

“I saw it 13 times when it was on in Manchester, I think I’ve seen it more than anyone else and I don’t mean behind the scenes watching it. I went it with the kids and it was always incredibly exciting and bare in mind not only had I seen it before but I’d written it so knew exactly what was going to happen and you just never get bored.”

The Crash of the Elysium is at the Ipswich Crown Street Car Park from the 15th June till the 8th July. For tickets and more details about the different types of performances head over to the New Wolsey Theatre site.



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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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