Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE - Sara Fitz­patrick

HIS­TORIC Christ Church in Clare­mont will soon un­dergo a transformation to usher in a very different con­gre­ga­tion.

The venue will host im­mer­sive theatre event Wizards Fan­tas­tic Feast next month, con­vert­ing into a Hog­warts-style Great Hall and wel­com­ing fans of wiz­ardry, magic and fan­tasy.

The di­rec­tor of spe­cial ef­fects team Edgyx, Stephen Do­ran – who also brought us Santa’s En­chanted Wardrobe last year – said the Angli­can church lent it­self al­most per­fectly to the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It’s amazing how much like Hog­warts the church looks – even the lectern that the pri­est uses is a big ea­gle,” he said.

“We’re able to cre­ate a full float­ing can­dle ceil­ing in there, right across the church. We’re not just putting a few can­dles up here and there to tick the box.

“It re­ally is pretty close to what you would see in the movie.”

Do­ran said the world-class set in­cluded spe­cial ef­fects such as holo­graph­ics, py­rotech­nics and an­i­ma­tron­ics.

“We have cre­ated our own wiz­ard­ing world, very much inspired by Harry Pot­ter, with our own sto­ry­line and char­ac­ters (four ac­tors) who are pro­fes­sors,” he said.

“If you’re a fan of the fan­tasy realm come along – you don’t have to know ev­ery­thing about Harry Pot­ter to re­ally love this.

The event also in­cludes a three-course ban­quet as well as classes for guests to take part in, such as mak­ing mag­i­cal elixirs.

All shows are adults only, ex­cept the June 30 fam­ily mati­nee (chil­dren aged seven and over).

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­

Vivi­enne Do­ran (theatre di­rec­tor and pro­duc­tion de­signer) and Stephen Do­ran (cre­ative pro­ducer).

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