It’s after dark. The Tower of London is off limits to visitors. Not to you, Operative 341.
NIGHTWATCHERS is an immersive night-time experience at the Tower of London. Step into a shadowy world of state surveillance, where messages and phone calls lead you around one of our most notorious prisons; this is your induction into the art of covert investigation.
The story moves between contemporary London and the most dramatic years of the Elizabethan secret service. Faith, violence and the invisible lines between truth and justice collide, and you must find your way guided by the stories of code-breakers, law enforcers and radical religious extremists.
In a climate of global insecurity, NIGHTWATCHERS asks where is the line between security and oppression? Who watches the watchers?
“Cunning and subversive, constantly makes you question the veracity of memory.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
“A brilliantly beautiful political piece that gives you both sides of the story.” Sarah Ellis, Head of Digital Development at Royal Shakespeare Company
INFORMATION AND BOOKING:
In 2015, Anagram were commissioned by Historic Royal Palaces to make a night-time experience at the Tower of London that would bring in new and non-traditional audiences to the site.
We set out to develop an experience that would allow participants to engage with history through a contemporary lens and feel relevant to the preoccupations of modern-day Londoners.
The result was NIGHTWATCHERS; an immersive audio thriller about surveillance, set in the world’s oldest political prison.
The first run was staged between 29th October and 7th November 2015, the second in February 2016. A third run is planned for Autumn 2016.
To register your interest – and be on the early bird waiting list for tickets – sign up here.
Running time approx. 55mins. Ages 16+. Tickets from £16-20.
Timed entry slots run every 20 minutes from 18.15 – 19:55.
This event involves using steps around the historic site and is, unfortunately, therefore not suitable for wheelchair users or for people with limited mobility. Advance booking essential.
“Curiosity and suspense begin to build as ANAGRAM ensnare you in a few days of unsolvable anticipation… [Nightwatchers is] a journey through the past while being fully immersed with technology and your own thoughts which creates an intense and powerful personal experience.” Katie Walsh, The Metropolist.
“Hugely effective – particularly terrific that you managed to turn a phone from the usual mind-numbing vortex of passivity into something that encouraged you to engage actively and to experience surroundings in a transformed way.” John Harte, Chief Executive, Aurora Orchestra