First Look at…Variant 31

This new experience will arrive in the West End from the 2nd September. Here’s a look at what to expect…

(c)Tom Grace.

Taking place in the the brand-new, purpose-built venue, Space 18, which spans over an entire block encompassing seven buildings, 35 floors and over 42,000 square feet of themed sets, Variant 31 is a new live-action gaming experience that puts visitors in the shoes of their favourite action heroes.

(c)Tom Grace.

Featuring a cast of more than 150 actors, and with over a 1000 different routes to explore, those taking part can choose their own unique journey, navigating their way through a 25,000 square foot labyrinth in the heart of London’s West End. 

Once inside, visitors will use custom built state of the art wearable technology to ensure that they survive and escape as they travel through darkened corridors, fog filled chambers, and over 200 rooms. No player will ever have the same experience twice. 

(c)Tom Grace.

Space 18, has been outfitted as the now derelict, fire ridden Toxico Technologies. The horrors and experiments conducted by a team of scientists within are at the very root of the company’s untimely demise.

Soon after rumours leaked in the early 90’s of immoral human experimentation involving nefarious chemical compounds, mutations, and reanimating the dead, a mysterious fire broke out within the compound destroying everything and everyone within. Now, twenty-five years later, the doors are opening once more: this time, you are the patient.

Do you dare explore the ruins to uncover the mysteries and horrors that lie within? When fact blurs with fiction and the world turns upside down, you must use your skills to navigate the labyrinth and find your way to freedom. Survive the dark, complete objectives, gain points and defeat the creatures within. Hunt, and be hunted. The only way out is to make it through. Can you beat the game? 

The Doctor is in: it is time to take your medication.

The experience has been  created and executive produced by Dalton M. Dale for Big Dreamer Productions (Broadway: Moulin Rouge, West End: Fame, International Tour), with Movement Direction by Robert Nairne (Star Wars, The Crown, Penny Dreadful, and Secret Cinema) & Carly Blackburn (York Theatre Royal, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre), Set Design by Tim McQuillen Wright (Secret Cinema 28 Days Later, Moulin Rouge), Costumes by Sonia Williams (Margate Madhouse), Lighting Design & Technical Direction by Myles Ratcliffe (Margate Madhouse, Farmaphobia), Music/Score & Sound Effects by Garrett Beelow and Stephen ‘King Luck’ Williams (The Killing of Kenneth ChamberlainThe Uninvited Awakening, Blackwake), Special Effects Design by Kemal Canalp (Goosebumps Alive, Alice’s Adventures Underground, Sounds and Sorcery), Casting by Sarah Morris, Aaron James Perry and Pauline Schena, Makeup Design by Claire Golby (Curfew Sky TV) and Company Management/Resident Director – Jen Coles (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).

Variant 31 will take place at Space 18 from the 2nd September.

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