Come Bargain With Uncanny Things

  • 21 reviews
  • COLAB Tavern


  • Immersive, Immersive Theatre and Something A Little Different
  • Tickets from £10.00 - £30.00
  • 15+
  • This event has taken place.
  • Multiple start times (see ticket info)

An interactive immersive opera-ritual by the creators of We Sing/I Sang and The Perfect Opera.

They exist in the forgotten spaces.
They are beautiful.
They are terrible.
They never lie.
They hoard the truth.
We can bind them.

They are the Uncanny Things.

You have been requested and invited to come bargain with Uncanny Things.

This is a world much like ours, with one exception.

Those creatures in old stories and legends: the fey in the shadow of ancient trees, the hellkin lingering in bloody cellars, the bastions chanting at the edge of hearing: they are real.

That flicker of movement in the corner of your eye, the faint laugh heard in an empty house - those were Uncanny Things. So too the unexpected gift, or inexplicable sickness. Not always, but often.

Doors to their labyrinths - strange pocket-worlds formed around the Things - bloom and vanish in stone henges, fog-filled streets, and oil-slicked puddles. Sometimes, they extrude into this world, causing phenomena known as the Wyrd.

However, if a community comes together and performs a ritual of bargaining, the Things’ power can be bound, controlled, used, or abused.

You have been asked to attend such a ritual in these difficult times. You will decide who to help and how as you master rituals, make offerings, craft powerful invocations, and above all, negotiate with the strange and powerful Uncanny Thing.

As the wyrd rises, what will you do?

“an original, atmospheric, immersive role-play opera with real promise.” ★★★★ The Stage

“experimental, challenging, innovative work.” ★★★★ LondonTheatre1

“an elemental and intuitive experience… a truly affecting performance” OperaWire


The Invoker, Guildmaster McCall: CN Lester
The Offerer, River: Michelle Kelly
The Observer, Carol Schuster: Sarah Griffin 
The Wyrd Gazer, Gabriel Erikson: Will Davies
Understudy: Zoe Flint

Creative Team

Designer: Charley Ipsen
Music Director: Erika Gundesen
Worldbuilder & Director: Leo Doulton

Interaction FAQs

While at Come Bargain With Uncanny Things, you can interact as much or as little as you like. You might choose to take a central role in the ritual, you might decide to sit back and enjoy what others do; most people are somewhere in-between, quietly adding to the world of the show.

You will not be required to sing, unless you especially want to.


We want to ensure that everyone attending can feel safe and enjoy their time at Come Bargain With Uncanny Things. You will be required to wear a face mask. If you have an exemption, that is completely fine; please let us know on arrival. If you are able to take an LFT test before arriving, that would be appreciated.

Unfortunately, due to the constraints of the building, this event is not accessible to wheelchairs.

Content Advisories

Please note that as an improvised interactive show, it is possible that things may come up that are not included in these content warnings. 

However, we will strive to make this a safe and enjoyable space for all, with a generally calm and ritualistic tone.

Breakout spaces will be available for those who need a break from the show.

The following may come up during the show:

Fictitious occult ritual

Manipulation of and by supernatural creatures

Moderate threat to children & adults from supernatural creatures and events

Moderate swearing

Offstage, but described: 

Death, dying, human sacrifice, insomnia, magically-caused delusion and misperception of reality, missing children, sickness

The venue has a licensed bar which will be serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Images © Claire Shovelton. This show and its R&D have been funded and supported by the Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, the Opera Awards Foundation, the Britten Pears Foundation, and Tête à Tête.




Ticket Event time Cost
Full Price - 18/11/2022 19:00 - 21:30 £30.00
Affordable 15/11/2022

If cost is a barrier to attending, feel free to take one of these while supplies last.

19:00 - 21:30 £10.00
Affordable 16/11/2022

If cost is a barrier to attending, feel free to take one of these while supplies last.

19:00 - 21:30 £10.00
Affordable 18/11/2022

If cost is a barrier to attending, feel free to take one of these while supplies last.

19:00 - 21:30 £10.00
Affordable 19/11/2022

If cost is a barrier to attending, feel free to take one of these while supplies last.

19:00 - 21:30 £10.00
Affordable 22/11/2022

If cost is a barrier to attending, feel free to take one of these while supplies last.

19:00 - 21:30 £10.00
Affordable 23/11/2022

If cost is a barrier to attending, feel free to take one of these while supplies last.

19:00 - 21:30 £10.00
Affordable 25/11/2022

If cost is a barrier to attending, feel free to take one of these while supplies last.

19:00 - 21:30 £10.00
Affordable 27/11/2022

If cost is a barrier to attending, feel free to take one of these while supplies last.

14:00 - 16:30 £10.00
Preview 15/11/2022

Reduced price ticket to first preview.

19:00 - 21:30 £25.00
Preview 16/11/2022

Reduced price ticket to second preview.

19:00 - 21:30 £25.00
Full Price 19/11/2022 19:00 - 21:30 £30.00
Full Price 22/11/2022 19:00 - 21:30 £30.00
Full Price 23/11/2022 19:00 - 21:30 £30.00
Full Price 25/11/2022 19:00 - 21:30 £30.00
Full Price 27/11/2022 14:00 - 16:30 £30.00



COLAB Tavern, COLAB Tavern, 16 Harper Road, London, SE1 6AD

Nearest Station

Elephant & Castle (Tube)


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10. The venue operates a No Smoking Policy.
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12. The event listed on the purchased ticket is strictly for ticket holders who are over 18 years of age. Identification may be required.
13. Unauthorised recording of the show, including but not limited to video, pictures, and audio, is prohibited.
14. The venue operates a zero-tolerance approach to disrespectful or unpleasant behaviour. Please respect staff, actors, and other participants. Patrons are not permitted to verbally abuse anyone, or touch them without their consent. Patrons will be ejected from the venue if they cannot uphold reasonable standards of courtesy, as defined by the venue or production company. Any harassment, hate speech, or inappropriate sexual behaviour could result in prosecution.
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16. Face coverings will be required, unless the audience member has a reasonable exemption, including, but not limited to, reasons of physical or mental health needs. If possible, please take a Lateral Flow Test prior to arrival. This is in order to ensure the safety of performers and other participants, and reduce the likelihood of show cancellations due to Covid-19 infections. Performers will not be masked, but will be regularly tested to ensure audience safety.

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