The Lost Book of Alexandria

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1. THE PREMISE

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A curious old book has been found during recent renovations at Temple Works Leeds. The relic has an eerie aura about and being in its presence causes strange visions and hallucinations. Historians have confirmed the book’s origins in ancient Egypt and are waiting to substantiate whether it has survived the tragic demise of the Library of Alexandria. Moreover, clairvoyants speculate that the book’s effects on people may have something to do with the Curse of the Pharaohs…

2. PROJECT SUMMARY

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This project will be a fully immersive, large 360 projection mapped room inside the Counting House in which the room’s architectural features, interiors and furnishings come to life through projections and automations triggered by the turning of the pages of a book through the audience.

22. PROJECT SUMMARY

This project will be a fully immersive, large 360 projection mapped room inside the Counting House in which the room’s architectural features, interiors and furnishings come to life through projections and automations triggered by the turning of the pages of a book through the audience.

3. SYNOPSIS

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The audience enter a dimly lit Victorian study. Set on a large desk amongst other Egyptian paraphernalia and collector’s items lies The Book. A strange halo surrounds it and a hardly noticeable whisper beckons the audience to open it.

4. MOOD BOARD & VISUAL IDEAS

We are planning to build a shell inside the counting house' main room in order to avoid any invasive activity. The theatrical interior of the shell be carefully designed to look like an atmospheric Victorian study but also allow for a series of visual ‘tricks’ to take place. These 'tricks' will be used to literally bring the space to live.

5. NARRATIVE THEMES

We want the experience to be beautifully unsettling and entertaining but also meaningful, thought provoking and relevant to Holbeck and the history of Temple Works. We’d therefore like to create a completely fictional story which is inspired by and creatively comments on local historical, contemporary and future events.

6. TEAM MEMBERS

7. TIMELINE

In order to launch the experience around Halloween 2023 we are anticipating to begin production work in March 2023.

8. BUDGET

We are anticipating a production cost of approximately £250.000 to create, install and launch the experience. This budget is based on buying all the necessary equipment so that the experience could become a long term attraction that wont incur additional hire costs apart from staffing.