Be our guest in the land of shadows
There are ghosts in these walls if you listen hard enough
And if you’re here after dark
You might even catch a glimpse….
We’re delighted to announce a new project, We Are Shadows: Brick Lane. Join Tamasha artist Afsana Begum, a Brick Lane local, as she guides us on an adventure around the place she calls home. Beyond the curry house strip and trendy bar culture, this place has history. Come and discover the real Brick Lane – from Bengali laskars to Satanic wedding guests, local wrestlers to an unlikely alliance of squatters – these people have cast their shadows onto these pavements and invite you to see Brick Lane as you’ve never seen it before.
We Are Shadows: Brick Lane is an immersive smartphone adventure on foot by Coney & Tamasha, inspired by where we live: E1 in Tower Hamlets. The game is designed by Coney and written by Tamasha’s Artistic Director Fin Kennedy (How To Disappear Completely And Never Be Found) and playwright Rabiah Hussain (Spun). Developed in collaboration with local Bengali women and students from Mulberry Schools Trust, this is a project co-created by those who know the area best.
Your adventure will begin with a phone call on your own mobile and lasts around an hour, navigating around Brick Lane on a magical-realist journey where shadows are revealed around every corner. Your adventure will last around an hour before ending at Rich Mix Here, on 19 October, you can interact with We Are Shadows installations and listen to mini podcasts produced by students from the Mulberry Schools Trust, to learn more from the people of this place, as well as how we co-created the game.
Game launch: Saturday 19 October, playing at 11am, 1pm, 3.30pm and 5pm
The adventure will be available to play until 1 December 2019. Booking for later dates will open soon so keep an eye out for more details.
Out and about on Brick Lane, E1
How to book
Find out more and book here.
The game is designed for playing in pairs, so book in twos if you can – but it can be played individually too if you prefer.
We Are Shadows is open and available to everyone. If you have access requirements please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss alternative models of the game.