A night to remember blurring the lines between fantasy and reality
Celebrating a landmark birthday requires some special planning, especially when you’re a history buff determined to bring an extraordinary historic house to life.
Creating an immersive experience that combined traditional storytelling, puppetry and music whilst guests explored the secrets of a historic property not ordinarily available for events required an extra level of party planning.
Our birthday boy wanted to make sure his party was like nothing that had gone before. He needed us to break down the veil that divides fantasy and reality and create something that left his guests knowing themselves and the other party-goers a great deal better than before. Cue some rather remarkable actors and an exciting sprinkling of Hollywood effects.
4 Princelet Street, an 18th-century Georgian time capsule, was transformed into a theatre of delights. Actors, dressed in Victorian finery with a flamboyant twist by burlesque costumier Bettie Bon Bon, greeted guests, encouraging them to share their hopes, dreams and desires.
Served drinks and historic-themed canapés including (veggie) Blackbird Pie, Pease Soup and a truffle-infused ‘Gruel’, guests explored the 15 conserved rooms, enjoying songs and stories inspired by biographical details from Andrew’s life. Fortune tellers, mind readers, roaming Ports, silhouette artists, and film projections added to the folk-lore atmosphere.
Each story gave guests clues to solve a riddle granting them access to The Duchess, a life-sized puppet built by Igor Studios in LA. And, once they’d solved all the house’s mysteries, we revealed a secret bar serving cocktails and treasures from around the globe, including homemade Nougat, spiced marshmallows and silver leaf truffles.