LARPBook Show Episode 68: The Musical

LARPBook Show Episode 68: The Musical

In this show Stuart and Luke (who mercilessly left Stuart to fend for himself with Ryan Hart initially…..) and then like in most stories involving the Americans, came in at the last minute and took all of the glory…..(guess who’s writing this up…)

Topics of Discussion

  • We talk to Ryan Hart about his immersive theatre show combining LARP and site-specific dance.
  • We talk to Issy and Luke regarding Curious Pastimes

Start of the Show

Ryan and Stuart starting by welcoming all the listeners and Stuart then persuaded Thomas with en -suite migraine to help out for a while. Eventually we all got on line!!

Stuart the asked Ryan about what’s going on with Sinking Ships (an immersive theatre show involving LARP and dance). Ryan then started by stating that they are using LARP as a medium and introducing dance too.
Ryan then went on to say that the immersive theatre show in New York is where the players go into a basement to investigate a scenario (murder mystery), from there the experience then takes a supernatural theme using dance as a medium. Ryan hope that this will appeal to both LARPers and Non larpers a like.

Although Stuart got the concept he didn’t quite get how dance fitted into the scenario. Ryan attempted to explain what he thinks a LARP is, taking into account an interactive experience and also some story line with a cross over into traditional show with the result being an unusual musical hybrid show utilising LARP scenario ideology.

Stuart summed this up by stating that this was basically a really good episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and also said that he was really interested in the concept and also admitted he would really love to do a musical type affair……Luke disagreed!!…..using the medium of song.

Ryan then said that he really wanted to try something different and was tired of the same stereotype LARP event.

All presenters and Ryan then went into Monty python……..and we lost the plot!!.

Ryan then stated he was starting a Kickstarter which will hopefully get interest from many different area and this will be available on the 19th September 2018 on :

Facebook – The Mortality Machine


The Mortality Machine Website

Stuart then went on to say that he really liked the concept that LARP is being used for many different events and that he loves the ideas that he is hearing about.
Stuart then asked Ryan about what he is up to on other projects, these include:

  • An event that is based on the Warriors……. this went down well with Luke!!
  • Ryan sated about Pandemonium a Halloween LARP set in the 80s.

Stuart again summed this up by saying the events are kin to Ready Player One…

Ryan then stated that all the information can be found on the sinking ships creations webpage and sign up for their updates.

Sinking Ship Creations – Events

Curious Pastimes:

In the next part of the show Stuart, Luke and Issy start a conversation on the Curious Past times event to talk about their experience. Stuart then asked what their thoughts were on the event. Luke stated that the event is a big LARP and compared to the other events they have attended, the change was awe inspiring, Stuart then asked Issy what she felt?, Issy the said that having a lot of children of all ages was a bit scary and that it was overwhelming. Issy then went to say that the costumes were amazing and very realistic and commented her favourite was “Cat” (from Red Dwarf) and both agreed that you could just people watch for the whole weekend and not get bored as there was so much to see.

Stuart stated that at the children’s event it was hard to say if the organisers were the good guys or not and Issy said she just fought everyone to keep in with both sides!!

Luke said he loved doing the monstering but as a family there are still slight draw backs to Issys and Charlies ages and although there is plenty to do, Issy felt that some of the fights were geared too much for the children. Stuart commented that when filming he felt that some of the younger kids were hammering the crap out of the monsters which was very amusing when they fought.

Luke did say that he felt CP are inclusive and there are lots of things that can be done and as it was their first year it was always going to be fairly limiting but that if they continue to attend things will get better and all the family can do more as they all get known to the other players.

Luke then stated they had a great time and that although he would change a few things about what they did at the event, he felt they had a great time. Credit was given to the Wolves Faction as they felt they were very welcoming, refs and administration as all parties felt they were exceptional.

Issy and Luke stated that CP they are very focused and that the event is a very successful as a result.

More can be found on the LARPbook FaceBook page and website on the event with photographs and videos:

End Show

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This shows image shows Luke during his time Monstering at Curious Pastimes

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