Sometimes an email lands in my Inbox and offers me that chance to experience something that sounds so good I can’t reply to the email to accept the offer fast enough, and that’s what happened a couple of months ago when I was offered press tickets to an event called The Lost Carnival in Bury over the late May Bank Holiday.
“Families of the North!” the email proclaimed “the Lost Carnival is coming!”
It went on to tell me that The Lost Carnival is a new event being produced by Wild Rumpus, the company behind the Just So festival (which I have to confess I have never attended, despite hearing very good things about it, and despite it taking place just down the road from me) , and So It Is, a new producing company established by Bury Met director David Agnew. The event, the email promised me, is an immersive theatre experience that invites families to step into a world unlike any other. And then they drew me in with this:
The content of the event will remain shrouded in mystery until the audience step inside the big top, but families can expect spellbinding theatre, circus, music and visual trickery. All that has been revealed so far is that an incredible carnival, the most enchanting carnival in the world, suddenly stopped touring in its heyday, under suspicious and mysterious circumstances. The carnival is coming back, but can the families of the North help it to ward off past dangers and bring it back to its former glory?
The final hook for me was that as part of the build up to this unique-sounding event, a series of podcast episodes are being released that give some of the back story to the event. This podcast is a fictional radio documentary where sleuth Arthur Bird starts to uncover the history of the lost carnival. Three episodes of this podcast have been released so far, and I am hooked. We have already learned some of the history of The Lost Carnival, and I can’t wait to hear more. You can subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or via your favourite podcatcher.
I love live theatre, and I think this event sounds really fun. I like the innovative use of the podcast to give attendees some of the background information to the event ahead of time. It is definitely making me feel more involved in the event up front, and it’s definitely making me feel more excited for the event. I wish I could get the kids as enthused, but unfortunately I think they’re just that little bit to young to keep focussed on the podcast. I’m sure we’ll all enjoy the event though.
The Lost Carnival will take place on May 22/23/24/25 2015 at Burrs Country Park in Bury Greater Manchester. It is promised be a large scale outdoor immersive theatre event for families, with an audience of 15,000 over the four evenings (4-9pm). The audience will enter on timed tickets. Lost Carnival Tickets cost £10 per person with under 3s going free, and can be purchased through the Lost Carnival website.
Disclosure: I have been offered press tickets to attend The Lost Carnival event in Bury next month.