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Now I have your attention, I want to tell you about our visit to Santa's Enchanted Wardrobe this year. For those who do not know, it's an immersive theatre experience, where the audience are not merely passive bystanders, they become part of the story.
This amazing event is back this festive season and it's bigger and more magical than last year, so if you are intrigued to know what actually happens when you enter the world of Narnia, then you must read on.
Just like the book, this story is set in England during World War II. Your journey and involvement starts with the children being tagged and evacuated to a big country house where they will be safe from the bombings in London.
On arrival at the mansion, Mrs Macready, the housekeeper, greets you all and shows you into the house in preparation to meet Professor Kirke. Once she leaves you, you are joined by Peter and he asks you to play a game of Hide and Seek.
As you meander through the snow covered forest, you will meet Mr Tumnus. He is as surprised to see you as you are him, and after some pleasantries he invites you into his cave where he says it is warmer.
The set and staging of the cave is impressive and so authentic. There are benches to sit on which are covered with animal hide and Mr Tumnus offers everyone some 'tea', which someone from the audience pours and the children hand out. The children in our group loved this interaction and it gave them confidence to join in as the story progressed.
Mr Tumnus explains you need to collect fairy dust from the Enchanted Forest where the fairies live and take the dust to the North Pole to give to the reindeer. The dust will enhance their ability to fly as Santa is very busy currently and they need a bit of extra magic.
It's not all plain sailing though as you will encounter many characters and fantasy lands, including the White Witch. Luckily Mr Tumnus has a plan to get past her and into the Enchanted Forest.
You find the beautiful White Witch in her Ice Cave. She captivates the children with her spell-binding ways and offers a sweet treat to all. Once your mission is accomplished in here, she falls asleep which allows you to all move through to the Enchanted Forest and the next part of your mission.
The Enchanted Forest is a sparkly, visual delight and the enormous work that has gone into the set is evident. There are lights on in some the fairy houses, some have their doors open, and you actually see a fairy flying in her house, courtesy of some fabulous special effects.
Make a wish with the fairy and listen to her introduce you to some of the other fairy's and their houses. The children were mesmerised with the twinkly lights and the magic conjured up in this land. With the fairy dust collected, you make your way to Santa's Workshop to give the dust to the elves.
Enjoy some Christmas singing and antics of the naughty elf in Santa's workshop. Remember to hand over the fairy dust you have collected as some real magic happens in here when some is sprinkled onto a ballerina toy who is magically brought to life. She will charm you with her delicate, graceful dancing.
Your journey finishes when you meet Santa and your group spends some time alone with him. Souvenir photos are taken and are available to purchase on the day. There is plenty of free parking, the experience is wheelchair friendly and it lasts for approximately 1.5 hours.
In summary, if you are wondering if you should give this production and unique experience a couple of hours of your time and a few of your hard earned dollars, my answer is a resounding yes! It was engaging throughout, the characters/actors, directors and set designers/builders have done an amazing job and it is definately something different to do in the build up to Christmas.
Immersive theatre is just so clever and ingenious. Be part of this growing trend and book your tickets today.