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Gaming technology and live theatre combine for ‘Bridge Command’


Gaming technology and live theatre combine for ‘Bridge Command’

Immersive Sci-Fi Adventure Bridge Command fuses the latest gaming technology with live theatre.

Bridge Command, developed by interactive theatre company Parabolic, will challenge the public to become the Bridge crew of a fully functioning starship where they must work together to defend humanity from disaster when the experience opens its doors in London next year.

Participants will co-operatively fly a spaceship through a series of thrilling missions within a sci-fi story full of mystery and intrigue. The spectacular, custom-built, spaceship set will be fully integrated with bridge simulation software, meaning that whatever takes place in the simulation, from an enemy attack to a ship malfunction, will directly impact the physical set causing systems to break and sparks to fly. Audiences will be fully immersed in the physical environment without the need for a VR headset or other wearable technology.

Crew members will take on different roles and complete a variety of tasks including diplomatic negotiations with the characters they meet along the way and fixing and maintaining the ship. The experience’s episodic format means participants have the chance to become the stars of their own ongoing sci-fi show where events and decisions from previous missions will be remembered and influence the content of return visits. Stand-alone visits are also welcome in this immersive interactive adventure.

Fans who can’t wait until the experience opens in 2024 to test themselves will find a taster of what to expect at the Bridge Command stand at this weekend’s Comic Con at London’s Excel Centre. Visitors to the stand will be able to play a short demo of the bridge simulation game that powers the experience.

Owen Kingston, Artistic Director of Parabolic Theatre:

“We’re thrilled to announce that Bridge Command will open next year. We really think there’s nothing out there like this experience – the level of audience agency is extreme, and the stories we tell are full of the sort of moral complexity that science fiction does really well. The show also fosters a strong sense of community amongst participants, so whether you come as a group of friends or join with strangers you will be empowered as a group to be the best versions of yourselves and step up and be the heroes. What’s even better is that you can keep returning to experience a whole season of stories that place your team at the centre of the action”

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