Critically Acclaimed!

Hel­lo Symur­gists and poten­tial Symurgists!

It’s been a while since I post­ed and large­ly it’s because we actu­al­ly went on hol­i­day. It’s the first break we’ve had in a good while and was very need­ed. Ivan is still away, actu­al­ly, recharg­ing the bat­ter­ies before return­ing to work! Castle over

Before hol­i­day, we ran anoth­er two suc­cess­ful events, includ­ing our first Lock­smith’s Dream Ball. It was a great first out­ing of the ball plot and a new char­ac­ter. Every­one got involved and had fun, but, as with the beta event, we learned lots in the process and I’m already devel­op­ing new ideas to make it even bet­ter for when we run it again.

miniature items in green lightingOne of the very excit­ing things about the last two events was that we were graced with the pres­ence of review­ers — three of them! I’m sure you all know, but we’ve found it very hard to say exact­ly what The Lock­smith’s Dream is. we set­tled on the term ‘genre-defy­ing’ and it seems that many of these review­ers agreed!

Anna James, writ­ing in The Stage (be still my heart!) said this is accu­rate, describ­ing it as “…part immer­sive the­atre, part escape room, part live-action role­play and part some­thing all its own.” Whilst com­ing at the event from a point of no pri­or knowl­edge of the lore, she was able to be involved and have a great time, thanks in part to the amaz­ing team; “…cru­cial­ly, the cast real­ly wants you to have a good time, so we quick­ly felt empow­ered to run on pure vibes and crack on with gus­to.” You can read the rest of Anna’s review here.

Addi­tion­al­ly, we had two escape room review­ers come along for the expe­ri­ence, and while we know we aren’t an escape room as such, there’s enough crossover to hold inter­est as well as offer­ing a depth of nar­ra­tive and act­ing tal­ent, not often found in the short­er expe­ri­ences. Jamie, The Arm­chair Escapist, described his time with us as “a full 24 hours of explo­ration, dis­cov­ery, puz­zle solv­ing, role play­ing, mys­tery and intrigue, in what was the most immer­sive expe­ri­ence I’ve ever been a part of.” He also strug­gled with iden­ti­fy­ing its niche, opt­ing for, “… some­thing along the lines of ‘an immer­sive nar­ra­tive puz­zle adven­ture’, where both ‘nar­ra­tive’ and ‘puz­zle’ can be empha­sised depend­ing on your par­tic­u­lar play style.” And while acknowl­edg­ing that the cost makes it not your run-of-the-mill escape room he notes, “It’s a lux­u­ry affair for sure, and it very much felt like that every step of the way. From the rooms them­selves to the qual­i­ty of the mate­ri­als we were giv­en, to the actors who also served as house ser­vants and cater­ers, the atten­tion to detail was on point.” You can read the rest of Jamie’s review here.

The final review­er at the recent set of events was Karen, writ­ing for The Escape Roomer. She starts her review delight­ful­ly stat­ing, “Every­thing about The Locksmith’s Dream is oth­er­world­ly.” Going on to say, “It’s impos­si­ble to define, but play­ful­ly and delib­er­ate­ly so.  Choos­ing to exist between gen­res, there is an angle here for almost any­one who enjoys puz­zles, immer­sion, direct per­former inter­ac­tion, mys­ter­ies, nar­ra­tive com­plex­i­ty and explo­ration.” She fur­ther cap­tured the sense of the heart of The Lock­smith’s Dream — the team who invest so much into the work. “While Tre­owen is a stun­ning, mag­i­cal loca­tion and the nar­ra­tive world-build­ing com­plex and rich, it is the actors who make it all so very, seduc­tive­ly, real.” Read the rest of Karen’s review here.

Along with last year’s reviews from No Prosce­ni­um and Larp Noobs, all of which were equal­ly, delight­ful­ly glow­ing, I think gives us call to describe our­selves as crit­i­cal­ly acclaimed and feel very proud. And if all that has left you want­i­ng to expe­ri­ence it for your­self you are in luck!

In the next week, book­ing will open for our next rounds of events (end of September/beginning of Octo­ber). We’ve had expres­sions of inter­est open for the last few weeks and inter­est has been high. If you have already signed up, you will be emailed a day before the book­ings go out and then the book­ing links will be emailed for the cur­rent­ly avail­able date that you have expressed inter­est in. This book­ing will pro­vide the option of pay­ing a deposit to secure your room choice, with the remain­der payable a month before the event.

There are 22 guests spaces avail­able for each event, in rooms of 2. It’s worth not­ing that we have one group room — Rose and Por­ti­co — which sleeps 4 and is the best val­ue space (and hap­pens to have great sto­ries asso­ci­at­ed with the mask per­sonas). So if you can get a group togeth­er — it’s def­i­nite­ly worth a look.

Expres­sions of inter­est are still open, so if you want a chance to be in the select group to expe­ri­ence this unique, mag­i­cal event, sign up.