The Viewing in Ninth Life pub, Catford

BY JAMES TWOMEY

An immersive adventure space inside a pub will open its doors this week giving visitors the opportunity to explore the building’s mysterious roots. The Viewing is an escape room production opening this Thursday put on by the new Ninth Life pub in Catford.

The game will take you through nine rooms in the pub led by Morgan Turnkey, a seemingly normal estate agent, who takes you on a tour of the supposedly up and coming property in Catford.

Ninth Life pub

As the viewing unfolds, the tour takes an unexpected and otherworldly turn.

Based on the local rumours that the building sits on mysterious lines – which are said to be portals to other worlds, times and realities, The Viewing leads players through a matrix of rooms where they will encounter different characters, challenges and tasks.

Ninth Life’s artistic director, Dr Claire MacNeill, said: “At Ninth Life we have created a permanent nine-room purpose-built immersive theatre space across the two upper floors of the venue.

“This space will host changing shows produced by our in-house team and in collaboration with other theatre and festival providers.

“Our first show, The Viewing, launches in March. The Viewing is a brilliantly bonkers experience that brings together immersive theatre and escape rooms via a host of quirky characters, challenges and tasks.”

Visitors step back in time to a vintage gin palace, figure out how to escape the evil machinations of a giant cat, and listen to the whisperings of the forest men: anything is possible once the portal is open.

The Viewing was conceived by Buck Buck Games, the mad minds behind The Hunt for the Smoking Caterpillar, and Ninth Life Creative Director Dr Claire MacNeill.

Tickets cost £25 and include a 60-minute game and a drink for teams of up to six.


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