For King and Country

COLAB Factory


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Wednesday 23 May 2018 and 49 other dates
Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Tickets from £29
Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts, Themed Nights, Date Night
12+

NOW EXTENDED UNTIL 29th JULY

It's December 1940 and a German invasion force has landed on the south coast of England. 

For several weeks the invaders have been building up their forces on the coast, while the mighty Luftwaffe have pounded the RAF into submission. As the invasion force prepares to strike north and capture London, King Edward VIII refuses the resignation of British Prime Minister Lord Halifax, triggering a constitutional crisis. It is Britain's darkest hour. 

Parliament is recalled, and with all the members of both houses meeting in Westminster, a small group of backbench MPs and their families - designated survivors - are taken to a secure location south of the river Thames. They are completely unaware of the imminent events that will thrust them into the limelight, and put the fate of the nation in their hands.

You are among those designated survivors. Your decisions will shape the course of history. Can you save the British people from the invading forces, or will the war be over by Christmas?

Check out the drinks menu for our wartime themed bar here



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Location

COLAB Factory
74 Long Lane, London, SE1 4AU



Nearest station:
Borough (Tube)

Terms

1. The ticket holder voluntarily assumes all risks and danger incidental to the event for which the ticket is issued, whether occurring prior, during or after the event. The ticket holder voluntarily agrees that the management, venue, event participants, DesignMyNight (WFL Media Ltd) and all of their respective agents, officers, directors, owners and employers are expressly released by the ticket holder from any claims arising from such causes.
2. Tickets are issued subject to the rules and regulations of the venue.
3. Please check your tickets, as mistakes cannot always be rectified.
4. Occasionally, events are cancelled or postponed by the promoter, team, performer or venue for a variety of reasons. If the event is cancelled, please contact us for information on receiving a refund from the responsible party. If the event was moved or rescheduled, the venue or promoter may set refund limitations. It is your responsibility to ascertain the date and time of any rearranged event.
5. The venue reserves the right to refuse admission and may on occasion have to conduct security searches to ensure the safety of the patrons.
6. Every effort to admit latecomers will be made at a suitable break in the event, but admission cannot always be guaranteed.
7. We regret that tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded after purchase.
8. Tickets are sold subject to the venue or promoter's right to alter or vary the programme due to events or circumstances beyond its control without being obliged to refund monies or exchange tickets.
9. If this ticket is re-sold or transferred for profit or commercial gain by anyone other than the promoter, venue management, DesignMyNight or one of their authorised sub-agents, it will become voidable and the holder may be
refused entry to or ejected from the venue.
10. The venue may operate a No Smoking Policy.
11. The promoter, venue management and DesignMyNight accept no responsibility for any personal property.
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. The venue management reserve the right to remove ticket holders, without refund, whose behaviour is negatively impacting the experience for others.

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Fantastic set and great story. The time flew by - and we had a superb time Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-05-18
by on May 21st, 2018
5

This has got to be one of the most involved pieces of theatre I've ever come across. The show was fantastic. The atmosphere was amazing and the actors were incredible. A truly brilliant night. I would recommend going to everyone. It was a great experience and I'd happily go again. Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-05-18
by on May 21st, 2018
5

A lot fun and very well conducted. Good intensive rhythm but still some room for improvement in timing of different activities. Not enough to lose an entire star though, 1/4 max. :) Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-05-19
by on May 21st, 2018
5

Brilliant evening and a completely unique experience Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-05-17
by on May 19th, 2018
5

This was one of my favorite experiences in London! You get to go into a "bunker" environment and play all sorts of different roles: strategize, work with foreign relations, write propaganda and give speeches, debate what to do with your fellow MP's. It was a lot of fun. I went dressed in 40's clothes because I thought that was a thing for this experience... but apparently guests don't actually do that so be forewarned. Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-05-10
by on May 16th, 2018
5

Enjoyed the experience, and kudos to the team for being able to adapt so quickly to the audience's train of thought and move the show along with new scenarios. It did get a little draggy at approx the 1.5 hour mark, but thankfully the pace picked up again. Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-05-12
by on May 15th, 2018
4

Fantastic. Really enjoyed it and it was run very well by the actors. Great set, props and uniforms. Would highly recommend. Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-05-13
by on May 15th, 2018
5

This far exceeded expectations. The cast were not only professional but also very well acquainted with WWII and gave highly intelligent responses to all questions asked. They all also showed great sensitivity to people trying to give an opinion on the situation. The tea and biscuits were a master stroke and much appreciated. A truly great experience which I am tempted to relive. Thank you very much one and all. Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-05-12
by on May 14th, 2018
5

This was my first immersive theater experience, and it certainly won't be my last. I had an absolute blast. The actors set the scene perfectly, and I was fully committed to the war effort! I think the more you participate, the more you'll enjoy the experience, so jump in with both feet. It's appropriate for adults of all ages. Our group ranged from early 20's to late 50's. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this, and there is a very good chance I'll go again! Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-05-12
by on May 14th, 2018
5

It was a fantastic evening. Immersive theatre is a real measure of an actor's capabilities. Well done to the cast. I could never go back to a regular theatre experience again after this. And a real bonding experience with friends and strangers. :) Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-05-11
by on May 14th, 2018
5

Such a fun evening! The actors are great and you can participate as little or as much as you like and still have the best time! Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-05-12
by on May 14th, 2018
5

This was a fantastic event. It was my first immersive theatre experience and I enjoyed every minute. Jump in with both feet and dress up. Take on the role of a government leader during the war while the staff set the scene. Really enjoyable night! Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-05-12
by on May 13th, 2018
5

This was our first such event and we loved it! We two retired people wondered how it would work out with everyone else being far younger than us but it worked out really well. The setting,the plot and the cast were superb and they showed great skill, tact and humour in making certain that everyone took part, entered into the spirit of the evening, and enjoyed themselves, I can’t recommend the event highly enough to people of all ages. Don’t be afraid to go on your own - male or female - you will immediately be welcomed and straight away will join in the tasks,discussions,decisions and fun. Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-05-09
by on May 11th, 2018
5

Fantastic, really involved the audience on their own terms (it's OK if you're an introvert, you get to join working groups!). One of the best immersive plays I've been to Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-05-09
by on May 11th, 2018
5

A first for us trying this type of interactive theatre experience and we would completely recommend it. Had a great time making decisions that influenced the progress of the story line. My only regret was not dressing up 40s style. Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-05-06
by on May 10th, 2018
5

Absolutely fantastic. Great set, great narrative and great actors. Get stuck in, take on as big a role as you feel comfortable and enjoy it Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-05-10
by on May 10th, 2018
5

Really enjoyed this and its clear a lotof thougbt & effort has gone into it. Wont say too much as I dont want to spoil it but get as involved as you can and try out all the roles for the most fun. Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-05-03
by on May 7th, 2018
5

Absolutely Spiffing! - fun, fast paced, and perfectly executed - highly recommended Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-05-04
by on May 6th, 2018
5

Really good fun and well set up. I was fascinated by the different outcomes based on our decisions and would have liked to understand more about this at the end of the evening Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-05-03
by on May 5th, 2018
5

A great concept and a wonderful, original experience. Actors were fantastic. I thoroughly recommend this. Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-05-02
by on May 4th, 2018
5

Fantastic way to spend an evening. Totally different, totally engaging, totally immersive. Only problem is that now I want to go back & do it all again! Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-04-29
by on May 2nd, 2018
5

Brilliant evening out! Highly Recommended, had a fantastic experience on Sunday. Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-04-29
by on May 1st, 2018
5

Great show, great acting, not only a bit of history but fun. Thank you! Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-04-29
by on May 1st, 2018
5

Excellent performance! Highly recommended Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-04-22
by on April 24th, 2018
5

Cancelled, offered another ticket any night. Good contact from organisors. Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-04-22
by on April 24th, 2018
4

An excellent experience. A very good evening. Well researched. Action filled. Unexpected twists. Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-04-22
by on April 24th, 2018
5

exe excellent night out. You really have to join in to.kake the evening a success and the night I was there everyone was totally committed to the plot. Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-04-21
by on April 23rd, 2018
5

So flippin’ good! My first experience of immersive theatre and it won’t be the last. Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-04-21
by on April 22nd, 2018
5

Great event - you're transported to Britain at war and in dire straights, and it's up to you to keep represent your country. A great, fun evening. Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-04-19
by on April 21st, 2018
5

What an amazing evening! From start to finish we were totally engrossed! LOVED IT! Will definitely be back to see it again!! Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-04-18
by on April 20th, 2018
5

What an amazing evening! From start to finish we were totally engrossed! LOVED IT! Will definitely be back to see it again!! Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-04-18
by on April 20th, 2018
5

I went opening night and the event was electric. The effort, research and attention to detail is so obvious and really pays off. A very intense and immersive show you do not want to miss. Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-04-18
by on April 20th, 2018
5

enthralling , fun and intellectual!!! One of my favorite immersive experiences to date.
by on March 18th, 2018
5

I've heard a rumor this is coming back - and by God it should! The most interactive thing I've ever experienced and wonderfully immersive. Very excited about seeing how this has evolved.
by on February 24th, 2018
5

This immersive show truly involves the audience whose contributions directly affect and steer the proceedings to its final conclusion. The interaction between actors and audience is vitally important and at times becomes so real as to blur the boundaries between a show and reality. The attention to the period detail is excellent in the staging and both the costumes and the actors’ period mannerisms were perfect. A knowledge of World War history and a political mind are a great asset in the role play and an aptitude for public speaking is a must as you literally have no mask to hide behind. Unfortunately none of these traits are my forte but I still enjoyed the experience and observing which audience members were born leaders and relished being in the spotlight. Do go as it isn't like anything else! Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-01-07
by on January 12th, 2018
5

A wonderful evening of immersive theatre, with great acting, and a wonderful sense of anticipation and tension as the evening went on - great theme, in a lovely location. Check it out whilst you can! Visited COLAB Factory on 2018-01-04
by on January 5th, 2018
5

Brilliantly done, lots of depth, great acting, clever 'game' role-play elements that mean audience members can really make a difference to how events unfold by being 'characters' but all set within frame of proper storytelling and coherent, well thought through world-building for those who want to be immersed, not live vicariously as Churchill. It's top hole stuff from actors, writers, directors and producers alike
by on December 17th, 2017
5

Brilliant fun. A highly interactive night that evolves with the group's decision making and team work. Fantastic attention to detail in the writing, costume and set - and I particularly liked how everything worked as part of the story. A great recommendation if you are looking to get lost in fantasy and explore a narrative that continues to build and deliver as the night goes on. Bravo! Visited COLAB Factory on 2017-12-12
by on December 12th, 2017
5

An incredible night of immersive theater where you can actually partake in the decision making process throughout the evening and change the course of the storyline! Absolutely loved it. Hoping to go again and try out a different role and try to see a different ending! Visited COLAB Factory on 2017-12-07
by on December 10th, 2017
5

Accompanied by an eminent military historian and his (also my) two sons, one studying history at A level and the other set on doing so, I went to see Parabolic Theatre's latest production on Friday 8th December.. Parabolic specialises in immersive drama, and Keep Calm And Carry On is the company's take on alternate history. It's set in 1941, during a Nazi invasion of Britain. The audience learns that it is in fact a gathering of designated survivors, some of us also members of Parliament, protected in a bunker during this time of extreme national peril, and charged with deciding how to respond. This sort of thing isn't just up my street – it's a exuberant party in said street with cake, lashings of lemonade and yards of Union Jack bunting. I absolutely loved the show. We were briefed about a world interestingly different from the one we've learned about at school – in which, for example "God save the king!" refers to Edward VIII – then taken down to our underground bunker, a space divided into a meeting room for MPs, another for the staff of the Ministry of Propaganda, the communications area and maps-and-strategy-corner. Messages from the outside world immediately began to come in and in minutes, as far as I was concerned, the Panzer divisions were rolling towards Leatherhead. But I'm the family's amateur enthusiast. What did the experts make of it? If anything, they were even more delighted. One son immediately stood for Prime Minister and made a confident speech to the House, revealing himself to be a hawkish hardliner willing to take some pretty brutal decisions. As the invasion scenario unfolded in a series of urgent updates from military chaps, crackly radio announcements and messages via links whose security was then called into question, we were required to make a series of ever-more-difficult calls. Stop the invaders by using mustard gas? Evacuate the capital? Tell the population the truth about the worsening national situation, or protect morale by being economical with the truth? Blow London's bridges to cut off the advance? The Prime Minister took a tense call from Washington, and urgently updated the House. The commanders on the ground demanded their orders. Delay costs lives. Misjudgements could cost far more. To take suspension of disbelief up to this level is ever so exciting. But the happiest man in the room was our military historian, MP for Sittingbourne in the Conservative interest, elected Minster of War after a highly persuasive – and far more accurate that most present could have realised – speech setting out his knowledge of battle strategy. (This is a man who has lectured at Sandhurst) Even loud shouts from MPs requesting that he attend an emergency sitting of the House to address the latest developments could scarcely roust him from the corner where, along with his senior military advisers and surrounded by pins in maps, he ecstatically directed a series of manoeuvres across south England. There was more going on during the invasion than I've said – but careless talk costs lives and may also cost future viewers of this superb production. It's also high risk stuff: the actors must have rehearsed many different scenarios depending on the decisions each audience makes, and are called upon to respond creatively to an ever-changing and unpredictable situation. .Parabolic hopes to put on more performances in the New Year – catch it if you can. LSJ. Visited COLAB Factory on 1970-01-01
by on January 1st, 1970
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