This week, Years 5 and 6 (followed by Years 1 and 2 the next day) travelled by public transport from School to the National Maritime Museum to experience 'Against Captain's Orders" by Punchdrunk Entertainment
We were divided into groups - Salvage, Ship's Watch, Navigation and Midshipmen and taken to board our boats. "We are loyal, we are true and we are brave!" exclaimed all, loud and proud.
Our first mission was to look at information about HMS Royal George (1782) which sank with the loss of nine hundred lives.
60 years later a message in a bottle was found.
We had entered into a drama, all playing a role as a ship's mate. Various atmospheric settings - with music, audio, props, artefacts and specialist lighting - greeted us as we entered each new scene.
We encountered netting, bottles, crates, shafts of light through slatted wood, a corridor of flags and sails, a room with old map chests, globes, nautical instruments and rolled up maps strewn all around.
The excitement on the children’s faces mixed with shock, fear and cries of brave suggestions ensured all the shipmates were fully involved in the unfolding drama. Thunderous music, sirens, red flashing lights and announcements over a loud speaker and darkened rooms increased tension.
"It's like Scooby Doo! One of us will disappear soon." Cameron
"The children were fully involved and at the end they were so delighted to have been on a real adventure. It is the best trip I have ever been on" One of the adults in the party