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The Revellers Society: An Immersive Theatre Experience

Updated: Sep 2, 2020

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A laugh rippling through a group of people feeds the human spirit more than reacting to a joke alone. We now find ourselves in a world that needs to laugh and escape reality more than ever, but the restrictions we face prohibit exactly what makes theatre so special – a shared and most importantly live experience.

Embracing the restrictions has created opportunities for creative solutions. Promenade theatre has the capacity to immerse the audience in a different world, giving them the connectedness they crave. It is also an inherently flexible form that can adapt to social distancing regulations.  Ian McFarlane and Big Adventure Productions are solving the covid-secure performance conundrum by building the necessary precautions into the world of the show itself. The cleaning of the spaces, providing sanitizer, social distancing... all is part of the performance, with the aim of making guests feel confident in escaping reality for a short while.

Finally, the wait is over. It’s time to chill the champagne, throw open our doors and welcome you back at last!

Shrouded in mystery for over a century, we are about to lift the curtain on the world’s most acclaimed and secretive entertainment establishment – The Revellers Society.

You are invited to tour each of our three rooms in exclusive groups of up to fifteen guests. In each of our spaces you will sit back, relax and be entertained by some of our wildest and most eccentric members. All of this will be socially distanced, with as much alcohol to rub on your hands as there is to quench your thirst!

Experience the paranormal peculiarities of explorer Gilbert Hayes and bombshell, Cissy Holliday. Marvel as song and dance duo Gleblii and Pavlonia evade the censor and skirt the edges of decency. And meet Aubrey Everett, a would-be star determined to make his big comeback whatever the cost to his dignity.

Modesty has no place at the Revellers Society, but style and sophistication do. Come make merry in this truly immersive theatrical comedy experience, but one thing: leave your expectations at the door...

Limited seats. Don’t miss the show everyone’s talking about!

Book with confidence. If your performance is cancelled or COVID-19 regulations prevent you from attending, we will offer you a full refund.



Ian is a director and writer whose work spans plays, musicals, comedy, and film. As well as staging existing writing Ian has a vast amount of experience in creating new work; he has developed shows with Dame Gillian Lynne, Olivier Award Winning West End, and Broadway producer Tristan Baker, SONY and the Blackpool Grand Theatre, to name a few.

In 2019, Ian was commissioned by the Blackpool Grand Theatre, to write and direct their first in-house production, as part of their 125th birthday celebrations. The show was Around the World in 80’s Days an adaptation Jules Verne’s novel, with a score of 1980’s chart hits. 

Ian's other work as both directing & writing includes  Betwixt! (Trafalgar Studios) The Three Musketeers: All For One & Every Man For Himself! (Kenton Theatre) Enchanted (Courtyard Theatre) Forever Oz (Assembly Theatre) Sleeping Beauty (Kenton Theatre) Jack & the Beanstalk, and Sleeping Beauty (Rhodes Arts Complex) Directing work includes Sherlock Holmes (Kenton Theatre) The Women (Hextable Theatre) Aladdin for QDOS Pantomimes (Hull New Theatre); Nine (The Albany) Peter Pan (Richmond Theatre) for First Family Entertainment; Peter Pan (Aylesbury Waterside Theatre) for First Family Entertainment and the UK Premier of Zombie Prom (Landor Theatre). Workshops include Romanoff & Juliet, The Night Before Christmas, Twist & Shout, The Hound of the Baskervilles (also writer) The Crucible  and Drat! The Cat!


…the show bursts with infectious zest…and you emerge with a stupid grin plastered over your face (Betwixt!)

The Independent

Don’t Miss! (Around the World in 80s Days)

The Guardian

Rollicking bawdy rollercoaster (The Three Musketeers)

Oxford Times

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