SO I am all about a bit of time travel! I LOVE Doctor Who and totally dream of being his sassy side kick; solving puzzles, fighting aliens and historical dickheads whilst wearing impossibly fabulous nail polish and floral tea dresses. Yes. I am sure one day the elephant like noise of the impending Tardis will sound and I’ll be off to start my new life in the big blue box, but until that day comes it is nice to get in a little practice – which is where the Time Run comes in hand.
You may be pleased to hear that there isn’t any running involved in said Time Run, it is actually a Crystal Maze-esque romp through time and space in order to resolve a Nazi based theft that has lead to ALL KINDS of problems. In order to resolve the issue created by those whom I am sure we can all agree are the biggest historical dicks of them all, myself and a group of equally sassy co-adventurers had to solve some puzzles left in assorted areas of time and space. All with the very helpful assistance of a bot called Babbage.
SO starting the Time Run means rocking up at a totally unassuming building in the stabbier regions of London. When you get there it kind of seems like you are an extra on the set of EastEnders, except for the fact there is a huge ominous door knocking about. When your time begins, POOF the door is thrown open and a major fitty from some kind of era gone by quickly ushers you into what looks like a colonial map/ scheming room filled with all kinds of ye-olde looking objects. BOOM you are not in kansas/the estate round the back of London Fields train station any more! You are now in fact in a time portal in which all phones and gadgets and cumbersome objects must be surrendered to the fitty in a suit who will then proceed to prep you for your adventure.
I do not want to say too much about what actually happens when you begin your hour long adventure to retrieve an ancient sword from Nazi clutches as the real fun is experiencing it first hand. What I will say is that the worlds in which the creative team have created are EXCELLENT. No expense is spared in creating genuinely awesome and realistic sets and it truly feels like you are really in the locations they have designed, rather than a warehouse in London Fields.
My favourite type of theatre is that which is immersive/ promenade because it totally sparks my curiosity. Whilst I wouldn’t necessarily catagorise the Time Run as a performance, the experience certainly ignites ones inner adventurer. My team mates and I found ourselves totally absorbed in the plot-line created and very invested in solving all the puzzles to reach our end goal. By our involvement, we WERE the performance. I love that! On a side note, why doesn’t the Doctor have more than one side kick? (Sorry Rory Pond, you don’t count) He would get shit done MUCH quicker with our little squad.
Unfortunately time was against us. We were SO CLOSE to finding the stolen artefact (NO, NO SPOILERS IT WILL RUIN IT!) but unfortunately we ran out of precious seconds. I don’t feel disappointed; to the contrary I felt a great sense of achievement when our time was up. SURE we didn’t manage to obtain the relic but I did get to time travel with some major huns (Sarah, Che and Sasha.) I may still need some practice before being appointed the Doctor’s side kick, but if he were to offer on the job training I would be totally down with that.
In my opinion the Time Run was fantastic. If you like a little adventure, have a reasonably high IQ and most importantly want to have some fun, I would suggest you assemble a team of 4-5 and GET TRAVELLING. Just watch out for Hitler.
The Time Run is in residence until 2nd August with the chance of possible extension. Book tickets here.