Immersive horror experience coming to secret Manchester location for alternative festive event


If the Christmas Markets aren’t really your thing, then there’s a truly alternative festive experience about to take place in the city that is set to give you a bit of a fright.

For an immersive horror attraction is to pop up in a secret Manchester location throughout November, December and January.

Theatre team Arden & Moore are behind the brand new experience, Survive The Nightmare, which they say is set to blur the lines between theatre and sound design, creating a profoundly immersive sonic performance which will take audiences to the depths of their imagination.

They say the scare attraction will be “a truly alternative festive experience for those who like their cheer in the form of screams”.

Housed inside a shipping container, audiences will face their fears as they experience extreme scares in total darkness, following the sinister journey of a young couple moving into a dilapidated old Victorian house.

Whilst trying to make their new home habitable for the festivities, mysterious things begin to happen, and they start to uncover that sometimes the gifts passed down from loved ones come bearing dark secrets.

In this spine-tingling, unsettling thriller the horror often lies in what cannot be seen, as it is slowly revealed what lingers in the dark.

Writer and director Thomas Moore said: “I’ve always wanted to make a truly terrifying show that appeals to thrill-seekers who want to go beyond watching a horror film and experience one. I can’t wait to share our nightmare with Manchester audiences and terrify the wits out of them.”

Audiences will be able to test their nerve at one of ten twenty-minute experiences a day, taking place from 3pm – 9pm from 29th November 2019 until 12th January 2020 at a secret central Manchester location to be revealed.

Given the nature of the attraction the experience is strictly for those aged sixteen and above.

Producer Sarah Arden said: “We are delighted to be bringing the first in the Survive the Nightmare series to Manchester. We’re looking forward to giving audiences a chance to immerse themselves in another world, and to experience a truly alternative festive experience.

“This is definitely one for those who are more inclined to thrillers than festive cheer.”

Following the Manchester run, Survive the Nightmare is set to head to London in 2020.

Tickets, priced £7.50 are available to book from today.



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