The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – Now Finished
The Narnia Experience is a big piece of community theatre requiring 144 performers, 60 costumed ushers and about 200 construction workers, costumiers and set designers.
For those of you who haven’t heard of the books of Narnia, you can read more about them here. This fantastic theatre production successfully ran from Monday 25th November to the Sunday 8th December 2013 at Left Bank Leeds. The experience has been specifically designed for school children but will be open to the public on evenings and weekends.
How It Works
This is not normal ‘sit down’ theatre. Groups of 30 will arrive at Left Bank Leeds (a beautiful former church in Burley), enter through a wardrobe of fur coats into a winter wonderland. They get split into two groups of 15. One group is ‘Lucy’ and the other group is ‘Edmund’. They take different routes through the story of Narnia. Lucy’s group meet Mr Tumnus, Mrs Beaver, Father Christmas, the White Witch and Aslan. Whereas Edmund’s group has a scarier time, going to the White Witch’s palace, being chased by wolves and possibly getting turned to stone!
At the end of the experience, the groups meet The Professor in his study to unpack the themes of the story, including its Christian symbolism. For the benefit of schools, this will tie in with the KS2 RE topic of storytelling and symbolism.
Who It’s For
The production is intended primarily for children in Key Stage 2 – that is ages 7 – 11.
There is no age limit however, and adults are welcome. Please be aware though, that younger children may find some parts of the production a little scary. Lucy’s group will be the least scary, and we will do our best to place younger or more nervous children in this group on request, but we will unfortunately not be able to guarantee this before arrival.
Created by In Another Place
Our walk-through theatre project was created originally in Liverpool by In Another Place
. They have kindly allowed us to work with their idea to produce our project in Leeds.
‘Most of us, I suppose, have a secret country but for most of us it is only an imaginary country.’ C S Lewis