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It’s been a crazy month for me now that I have directed my blog more towards food and events in London. I’d more or less forgotten that the lovely Tanya from Glam Glitz Gloss, took me to a press event for Wider Earth. I haven’t been to the Natural History Museum since I was 14. We went on a school trip, and all got drunk at 8am prompt on Archers we’d nicked from our houses. If you think that was rebellious we also held up notes in the window saying “help, our bus is being hijacked”. Yes, I am aware of how bad that is now.
Going to the Natural History Museum out of hours is an experience in itself, let alone to see a play. There’s something absolutely magnificent and creepy about being in that type of space in the dark hours. I’ve always wondered if they would hire it out for a party. They probably do if you are rich enough. We took a trip to the Jerwood Gallery for a behind the scenes look at what the play will be like when it starts on 13th October.
What is Wider Earth about?
Wider Earth follows the 22-year-old Charles Darwin on his life-changing voyage on the HMS Beagle. Some of Darwins most important discoveries happened on this voyage. Entertainment is mixed with non-fiction in the most fabulous way. I won’t give too much away because you really should go and see it – but the puppetry and the staging really are something else.
What makes Wider Earth different to other plays?
Well for a start, Wider Earth is staged at one of the worlds most famous museums. The stage is incredibly clever, rotating a full 360 degrees. The actual direction of the play is also astounding, ensuring that space is always used well. I actually asked the directors if they envisioned this play being staged on something so radically different to the standard proscenium arch stage that most theatres offer – and they didn’t! It really was just a happy coincidence that fell in to place for them. If you have kids, then one of the main reasons to give this a visit is the puppetry. I actually got to have a go with some of the puppets and they are amazing. I can’t begin to imagine how much time and effort has been put in to creating them. The puppeteers are very knowledgable (more so than me, who couldn’t even get one to move).
How can I see Wider Earth?
To see Wider Earth you will need to book tickets through the Natural History Museum website. The play will be “officially” showing from the 13th to the 30th of October, although you can book previews between the 2nd and 12th October. Tickets for Wider Earth start at £17.50 and there are some concessions available. If you are a member of the Natural History Museums membership programme then you may get tickets cheaper, so depending on what they are pricing like for your party you may be better joining it here.
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*Tanya and I were invited to a free press preview of Wider Earth in exchange for coverage about the event.