Saturday, 26 March 2016

Personal Thoughts: Sneaky Experience's The Shawshank Redemption, 25th March 2016

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Leeds Town Hall was transformed as the 'Ohio State Redemption' for Shawshank Redemption, a live cinema experience. Sneaky Experience in partnership with Leeds Young Theatre Festival offered the interactive experience over the Easter Weekend. Wasn't a time to be an bystander but had to be part of the experience.  As well as Shawshank Redemption there was also the Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory experience for children.  After a very long wait outside the town hall for our fate we were processed as prisoners.

We were then taken down to the court room where I was sentenced to two life sentences for murdering my spouse and his lover.  I didn't share whether I was guilty or innocent and responded, 'no comment'.  No matter whether you're in prison or free one needs to either 'get busy living or get busy dying'.

After the sentencing we were taken to the cells and was roughly prepared for prison life and we experienced the life of fellow inmates just like Red, Andy and Brooks.  Eventually parole was given to all of us including me after admitting I was serving two life sentences!  We then seated in the main hall for the film.

The film, starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins, is excellent and we could relate to things in the film form our interactive experiences.  The experience we had linked to the lives the prisoners lived.

It was an excellent experience which certainly enabled me to get more out of this excellent film. One criticism was that we were waiting rather a long time to enter the experience and waiting quite a bit in between some of the different experiences.  I feel we waited longer than we should have done.  Perhaps relook at co-ordinating the experience events that are likely to be held in different areas of a building. Nevertheless it's a great idea, concept and experience!   Great evening in all!

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