1884

Promotional art for 1884. A vibrant orange, pink and cream design featuring an outline of the African continent and ‘1884’ in large letters. There is also a silhouetted house, radio tower and group of people.

An anti-colonial game-theatre show

Enter the fictionalised world of Wilhelm Street in this immersive game-theatre show inspired by the legacy of the 1884 Berlin Conference and overlooked anti-colonial resistance movements. Playing at Shoreditch Town Hall from Wednesday 17 – Saturday 27 April 2024.

Welcome to Wilhelm Street!

Make yourself at home. As you settle in with your new family, you won’t only pick out furniture – you’ll forge new traditions and memories that you hope will last a lifetime.

Somewhere nearby, though, there’s a meeting going on. A very important meeting. Run by very important people. Making very important decisions about your lives. But you and your family are not allowed inside…it’s nothing you need to worry about.

1884 is a thrilling immersive game-theatre show inspired by the legacy of the 1884 Berlin Conference, an often-overlooked historical turning point for the African continent and the world. Created by Rhianna Ilube in collaboration with Coney and a group of artists, historians, activists and game-makers.

The experience invites you on a fun, fast-paced, thought-provoking journey through the corridors of history you might not know. Over the course of two and a half hours, you’ll join with friends and strangers to form small family groups, collaborating on playful activities and making choices  to build your community and make your house a home. But when rules begin to be imposed, it’s up to you how to respond…

How is history recorded, and who is left outside of the room where history is written?

1884 is showing at Shoreditch Town Hall from Wednesday 17 – Saturday 27 April 2024.

Hit the button below to book tickets, or dive into our comprehensive Playing Audience’s Guide for detailed information about the experience, including access information and content warnings.

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1884 is also playing at Brighton Festival on 13 & 14 May 2024. If you’re local, click here to book. 

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‘Probably one of the smartest pieces of immersive theatre I have ever experienced. Anti-colonial in its true, radical essence.’

Playtest audience

‘I am super impressed by how sensitively this topic has been dealt with … Incredibly smart. Incredibly clever.’

Playtest audience

‘Black Mirror meets theatre meets a history lesson’.

Playtest audience

‘Fun. Fast. Begins to make you question how societies form around violence.’

Playtest audience

Image gallery

Images from work-in-progress performances of 1884 at Talawa Firsts in July 2023. Credit: Alex Brenner.

Credits

Writer & project director Rhianna Ilube
Makers, writers and game designers Tsitsi Mareika Chirikure, Chloe Mashiter, malakaï sargeant
Performance director Tatenda Shamiso
Sound designer Mwen
Set designer Jacob Wu
Lighting designer Cheng Keng
Producer Marie Klimis
Cast To be announced in March 2024

These performances of 1884 – along with other events in our Playful Heritage programme – have been kindly funded by Arts Council England.