Tickets just £1 for ‘immersive’ St George’s Hall experience

Tickets for a new immersive experience at Liverpool’s St George’s Hall are on sale now and will cost just £1 for a limited period. Tony McDonough reports

St George's Hall
The Grade I-listed St George’s Hall in Liverpool. Picture by Liverpool City Council

 

Tickets are now available for a new immersive visitor experience at St George’s Hall in Liverpool, which opens its doors next month.

The History Whisperer is the focal point of the new St George’s Hall Experience and opens to visitors from Friday, October 8, using the latest technology to plunge audiences into a world where the past meets the present and history comes alive.

It brings to life Liverpool in the 1850s and illustrates how the building represented two very different sides to the city – from the opulence of the Great Hall and Concert Room so loved by Queen Victoria and Charles Dickens to the destitution of people in the building’s prison cells awaiting sentencing in its court room.

The attraction tells the story through the eyes of a child called Livie, who finds herself all alone after her father is transported to the other side of the world after completing work on the construction of St George’s Hall Her brother is in one of the building’s prison cells awaiting his fate.

For a limited period, tickets for the new attraction will cost just £1 per person – as the city’s way of giving something back to the people of Liverpool following the pandemic. Behind the new addition is a team of the country’s leading tech organisations:

  • Gazooky Studios – a BAFTA and Prix Europa award-winning storytelling and world class XR technology company.
  • Immersive Interactive – specialists in mesmerising touch-wall interactivity.
  • Music in Mind – an industry-leader when it comes to creating rousing, witty and deeply moving music and sound effects.

The creators behind the experience have drawn on their international experience and accolades. They boast many international awards, from BAFTAs to Prix Europas and the Venice Biennale.

Gazooky Studios has worked with the BBC, BFI, Columbia Sony, Microsoft, Netflix, and many other world-class partners, and have been part of several world-first experiences including Kansas Sealife AR experience, Covent Garden AR shopping experience and London Bridge Station Hub.

The music has been specially composed and performed by globally respected musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

The consortium has spent the last few months devising and installing the attraction, after Liverpool City Council secured £250,000 from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport as part of the government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

Liverpool’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Visitor Economy, Councillor Harry Doyle, said: “St George’s Hall is a already a must-visit destination for tourists and residents alike.

“By bringing on board some of the country’s leading digital and immersive technology companies, we are now offering a whole new way of showcasing its amazing history.”

Click here to book tickets. The venue will be open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am until 4pm. Tickets are limited to 15 people per time slot. The attraction is not suitable for children under the age of six.

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