On Thursday evening I experienced my first immersive game; I became a player in the much anticipated Bring Them Home, part immersive theatre, part immersive game and part board game. As an invited member representing LondonTheatre1, I wasn’t privy to the pre-show communications that you will have as a participant, but as I understand it, the producer allocates parts to ticket holders, you can be the astronaut, the press, or a part of one of three Space agencies; NASA, Soviet Union and Europe. This meant that when I arrived I was a bit confused but no one else appeared to have issues. The rules of the game are explained and we begin.
For the next two hours, the group/players take part in a rescue operation, to bring home our astronaut. We are given rules, and playing board, individual objectives and some chips which must be exchanged for actions/moves. For those of you who love strategy games like Chess this will be a pure joy for you, if you like to second guess your opponents, play to win, regardless of ethics and enjoy espionage then Bring Them Home is definitely a MUST DO and one for the bucket list.
No two performances will ever be the same, and you could happily attend the game/show multiple times, which is the beauty of the piece. You can be as involved as much or as little as you like, which is also great, once the game begins the alternate reality starts. At the “show” I attended I felt there was probably quite a few performers from other Vault shows in attendance, this was great and meant that the piece felt a lot more theatrical, adlib and interactive theatre.
Review by Faye Stockley
An astronaut floats through space in a broken ship. In an alternate 1970s, the world’s space agencies must co-operate to navigate them safely to back to earth, but each agency has its own agenda.
In this frenetic immersive game, players take the roles of astronaut and the space agency members who vie for prestige with the press (also played by audience members) and each other.
Each audience member will receive an email with their role and the rules, and you’re encouraged to dress the part of 70s space agency science whiz. No prior knowledge or gaming experience needed.
The future of the world hangs in the balance. Get ready to bring them home.
20th February to 3rd March 2019