This site-specific online thriller IKSLANDER comes from multi-award-winning entertainment company, Swamp Motel, boldly reimagines the at-home-adventure experience for those who have grown tired of Netflix and badly-run Tuesday night trivia.
Arriving at a moment when both nations are in the throes of lockdowns, the three-part series – which features Plymouth Point, The Mermaid’s Tongue and The Kindling Hour – intuitively blends
theatre, film, and gaming to create shared live experience.
Interactive and episodic, Isklander seamlessly blurs fiction and reality, harnessing the internet as a platform for site specific sleuthing, whilst combining the artistry of live immersive theatre with the thrill of an escape room. It’s a new form and frontier for gaming interactivity.
Taking participation to the next level, audiences are turned into live protagonists, who must hackinto emails, scrutinize social media posts, make phone calls, and inspect websites on a quest to
unravel conspiracies lurking just under our noses. Part puzzle game, part interactive movie, and part scavenger hunt, teams of up to six are tasked with solving a cryptic mystery – navigating a mix of
live-action performances, newsreel footage, and fourth-wall breaking research – to investigate missing persons, murders, and clandestine conspiracies. Directed live by an in-character aid, each
episode is an organic, real-time event with a ticking clock.
Renowned for their boundary-bending storytelling experiences, Swamp Motel is led by co-founders and creative directors, Ollie Jones and Clem Garritty, who have been collaborating for over a decade.
The gritty first instalment of the trilogy was created in only six weeks as a response to the closures of entertainment and theatre spaces across the world in 2020. Since then, the series has evolved,
with blockbuster production values and high-profile actors such as Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings, Lost), leading to the film and TV rights being optioned by Gaumont UK – the studio behind cult shows Lupin and Narcos.
Swamp Motel co-founder Ollie Jones said: “Swamp Motel’s background came from immersive theatre, and what we really love is putting audiences at the centre of the story, plus we’re all gamers
at heart, so we wanted to make something that combined these two passions.
IKSLANDER will launch in Australia and New Zealand on September 23., 2021.
Bookings and further information on the website