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Everything You Need To Know About Perth’s New Adult Playground

By Sophie Oddo - 14 Jan 2019

Yes, you read that correctly. An adults only playground is coming to Perth—and it’s hidden inside an abandoned castle.

Intrigued? We’ve got everything you need to know about the fully immersive event, A Midnight Visit, below.

It’s A Part Of The 2019 Fringe World Festival

Fringe World Festival is a summer celebration that takes over Perth in January and February every year and the 2019 edition features more than 700 events at over 130 venues all over the city and the wider burbs.

Get Ready For An Interactive Adventure

Think 34 rooms stretched over three stories. Produced by Broad Encounters, A Midnight Visit is part choose-your-own-adventure, part film-set, part performance, part sound-world and part bloody playground. Once inside, you’re let loose to encounter gothic characters, surreal dreamscapes and scenes guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping. There is even a church with a millennial pink ball pit (yes, you can play in it). A neon forest, a hot air balloon, a mysterious king and a whole lot of scary veiled ladies.

It’s Set In An Epic Location

The old Perth Girls School (the same place that turned into a boutique cinema last winter) will play host to A Midnight Visit and bring the unique immersive theatre to life. Get ready to unleash your playful spirit as the space transforms thanks to the talent of multiple artists, sound designers, set designers and even video game makers.

There’s A Spooky Story Behind It All

This real-life fantasy is set inside a legendary man’s dreams (he went by the name of Edgar Allan Poe and if you paid attention at all in high school, you’d know he wrote some of history’s most chilling tales) which means themes will revolve around madness, guilt, death and memory. And while it is a little spooky at times, it’s plenty pepped up with sass, humour and burlesque pizzazz with contemporary influences drawn from Stranger Things and New York’s iconic theatre experience, Sleep No More.

There Will Be Drinks

It's probably worth noting that there’s a safe space to quench your thirst, called ‘The Ravens Rest’ (an ode to one of Edgar’s poems), which is a bespoke pop-up bar where you can have a well earned drink at the end of the immersive event.

It’s Going To Sell Out

We’re no super sleuths, but it's coming directly from Sydney where shows sold out within days, so we’re taking a stab in saying this one will too. So make sure to grab your tickets for the Perth show here.


What: A Midnight Visit at Fringe World Festival 2019
When: 22 January to 3 March 2019
Where: Perth Girls School, 2 Wellington Street, East Perth
Cost: $46 - $82 per person
Duration: 60 - 75 minutes

Image credit: Anna Kucera

Editor's Note: This article was produced in partnership with Fringe World Festival. To find out more about who we work with (and why!), read our editorial policy here.

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