Dr Who takes part in 1066 project

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Former Dr Who Tom Baker has agreed to be part of a unique theatre and live game project created by local fantasy portrait photographer Oliver McNeil.

Oliver runs Bodiam based Legend Photography, which used to be based in Hastings. Tom Baker lives in the Rye area.

The Live Dungeon game launched last Friday on crowdfunding site Kickstarter.

Oliver said: “Ian Livingstone creator of Games Workshop, Tomb Raider and the Fighting Fantasy books, will be acting a project advisor.

“Tom Baker will be lending his voice as a mystery character only known as the “Voice of the Dungeon”. We also have an impressive collection of Illusion designers, puppet and monster makers, who have worked on Doctor Who, fantasy authors including Jamie Thomson, from the Dark Lord the Teenage Years books that won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize award.

“Jonathan Green, who wrote for the original Fighting Fantasy books, is submitting his work. We are also using Hastings based professional actors to bring the creatures and characters to life.”

The game is a unique team theatre experience, where as the curtains open on the show, any number of dungeon environments will have been created by the crew.

Members of the audience will be invited to enter the stage area and take part in encounter scenes, interacting with actors. As the adventure unfolds, new scenes will be created for audience members to enter and enjoy.

Oliver said: “The audience are therefore the players in a thrilling, interactive two hour adventure.

“Based in Bodiam the experience is also designed to travel to schools, festivals and business to allow a new form of team building and storytelling. There are games designed for a small participating audience of 30, where everyone gets to have a go and see the journey to the end, or the extreme immersion game with just ten players , where costumes are provided.”

“The project can only happen if enough people go to the Kickstarter site to back it. As some of the rewards two of the original Fighting fantasy illustrators, Russ Nicolson and Malcolm Barter are designing magical items that will be handcrafted by a local Hastings craftsman. Visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/legendphotography/legend-quests-live-fantasy-dungeon-adventure-game.

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