Larkin’ About Manchester Town Hall!

Do you fancy searching and collecting, sneaking and peeking, chasing and racing round one of Manchester’s most beautiful landmarks for one day only? Then join Larkin’ About for The History Game and find out more about Manchester spending a day playing indoor and outdoor games on Saturday 3rd March 2012.

Pervasive games fuse the spectacle of theatre with the thrill of playing games. They allow us to explore our surroundings in a new, fun and immediate way.
Come out and play!

Prairieland by Bren O’Callaghan (30 mins) Between 11.00am & 3.00pm
The vaulted stone corridors of Manchester Town Hall are teeming with bison and elk, beaver and deer.
But they’re not on the floor… they’re on the ceiling. Navigate a brace of helium-filled Sioux to capture a
series of spirit animals camouflaged in full sight within this gothic warren.
All ages welcome.

The Birds by Frolicked (30 mins) 11.15am, 12.15pm, 1.15pm, 2.15pm & 3.15pm
After exotic birds escaped their cages from the old pet shops on Tib Street, one shy species made its
home in the nooks and crannies of Manchester Town Hall. To ensure their continued survival, resident
ornithologist, Rosemary Dudcott, needs your help to prove that the elusive birds still exist…
All ages welcome.

True Colours by Oscar Mike (50 mins) 11.30am, 1.00pm & 2.45pm
“Democracy’s ceremonial, its feast, its great function, is the election” – HG Wells.
Welcome to the New People’s Commonwealth of Mancunia, a burgeoning state crying out for the right
kind of leadership. Form a party, create its ideology and peddle your political opiate to the masses. A
game of ambition, betrayal and secret allegiances.
All ages welcome.

Lions After Slumber by Gareth Cutter (50 mins) 12.00pm & 2.30pm
It’s August 16th 1819 and over 50,000 people are demonstrating for the right to vote. The local
magistrates have ordered the meeting be put to a stop. It’s up to you to follow the clues, evade capture
by the cavalry and spread the truth about what really happened at the Peterloo Massacre.
Not suitable for very young children (6 and under). May involve running – comfortable footwear essential.

Rosy’s Revenge by Peter Keeley (45 mins) 12.30pm, 1.45pm & 3.00pm
Your boss Rosy “Smiley” Weller has been double-crossed. It’s your job to take revenge on her behalf by
stealing the money for her from the shady Fat Harry. Beware of the guard dog.
All ages welcome.

This event is delivered by the Library Theatre Company and Larkin’ About for Manchester
Histories Festival.

Some of the games take place outside so wrap up warm and wear comfortable shoes.
Mobile phones are useful but not essential.
Children must be supervised at all times.
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