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Goosebumps ALIVE


Walking down the graffiti street, I couldn’t help but wonder what I had let myself in for when I decided to attend 

Goosebumps ALIVE after my previous article advertising the event. The Vaults themselves are an immersive, tunnel of nightmares, once inside I couldn’t help but notice the sheer darkness of my surroundings. Being me, my first step was towards the bar. The staff were all really friendly and able to direct me wherever I needed to go. The bar was relatively low price and the food was divine, I highly recommend the chips.

On to the nitty gritty stuff, as I was ushered into the first part of the show, I was buzzing from the spooky atmosphere and the dim, mood setting lighting and strange smells. I won’t tell you every detail of the stories and monsters I encountered, but every actor and actress did their story proud. They were intriguing at the very least, keeping my attention from my entrance to my exit. The settings were so well detailed, every thought had been made to ensure the authenticity of the experience. From your seating to the smells, from the decoration to the costumes. Everything had been thought through. Many may recognise characters from the original Goosebumps series like Slappy and the interactive theatre engaged the audience superbly, there were more than one screams to be heard in my group.

I was in the ‘crow’ group and boy did I hear people ‘crowing’ about how amazing the experience was. I couldn’t help but wonder how long it must have taken for the sets and costumes to be created. The best thing about each story was the characters, the actors were so authentic, you could imagine bumping into them on your street. They engaged the audience fantastically, giving you just the right amount of spook, before you wet yourself.  The entire experience is something you will remember and cherish for a long time to come, being immersed in your childhood nightmares is not something you’re likely to forget in a hurry. One last thing to note, if you’re really claustrophobic, I don’t recommend the experience, also make sure you wear deodorant before going, it can get pretty stuffy in there.

Written by Lauren Noding

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