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What We Left Behind

Part of Open Lab Showcase Day Two

Summiting Everest is seen as one of the greatest of human achievements, a triumph of determination over adversity. But there are over 200 climbers still on the mountain who didn't make it down.

What We Left Behind is an immersive experience using soundscape, projection and physical theatre to create a dream like world, where some senses are magnified, others rendered useless. 

The work explores the atmosphere of the 'Death Zone', the mountain's highest point. Where the air is so thin that climbers suffer from oxygen deprivation, snow blindness and often complete delirium.

Part of Open Lab Showcase Day Two.

Limited to six audience members per performance. 


This is a physically challenging interactive experience, all participants are advised to wear trousers and flat shoes; flip flops/sandals/stilettos are unsuitable. Some scenes may be unsuitable for sufferers of claustrophobia. May contain strobe lighting. Participants will not be able to carry bags or large coats during the experience. A free cloakroom will be provided. If you have access requirements please contact us in advance so we can discuss the performance with you at [email protected]


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