CROOKS 1926 comes to Elephant and Castle

Plunge deep into the gritty, criminal underworld of 1920s London at COLAB’s new immersive 

experience, CROOKS 1926. This innovative company will be staging their most ambitious project 

to date; game mechanics collide with a pulsing, hair-raising narrative giving audiences the 

chance to throw themselves into one family’s brutal battle for supremacy in the heart of 

Elephant and Castle. 

In a world where nothing is certain, violence is rampant, and bargains are made to be broken, 

the audience will have complete autonomy to shape their own thrilling experience. While some 

might to choose to orchestrate a grand territorial takeover of London or broker an alliance with 

The West End Boys, others might ‘go it alone’ by scheming with a devious traitor. The choice lies 

solely with the audience meaning that no two shows are the same. 

Boasting over ten years of experience, the veteran immersive theatre company will be debuting 

CROOKS 1926 at their brand new, permanently dedicated space in South London. Lead by 

COLAB’s artistic director Bertie Watkins, their venues have hosted some of the biggest names in 

the industry such as Coney, Parabolic and most recently, The Great Gatsby Immersive 

Experience. With this newest venture and production COLAB continues to innovate and 

influence the genre with unique, exciting and truly interactive experiences – the hallmark of 

their work. 

Bertie Watkins comments, Because we have just opened our new, purpose-built space, we have 

been able to construct an immersive world the reflects the narrative perfectly. COLAB Theatre 

continues to pioneer its own brand of immersive experience, Action Theatre. By combining 

complex game mechanics with a multi-linear story, the audience can engage in a way that 

genuinely affects the outcome of the show at the same time as feeling the emotional weight of 

those decisions. 

A carefully crafted microcosm of thuggery and drug smuggling. The small scale allows the 

audience to get to know the characters and, chatting and improvising, they get to know us too 

(Tim Bano, The Stage).

About Author /

Kath is an actor, singer and writer with a passion for theatre. She has been reviewing for At The Theatre since 2014. Kath has a Masters in Performance at Liverpool Hope University and is Creative Engagement Worker for B arts, a participatory arts organisation.

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