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New immersive Belfast Blitz theatre experience to open in city

Dan Gordon launches `It’ll Never Happen Here', A Belfast Blitz Experience, which is due to take place at Amaze in W5 on selected evenings in April. Picture by Kelvin Boyes
Marie Louise McConville

A NEW immersive theatre experience bringing the Belfast Blitz to life is to open in the city next month.

Written and directed by award-winning Belfast actor, writer and producer Dan Gordon, `It'll never happen here' will take place at Amaze at W5.

The production will paint a picture of life leading up to the night of the first raid in the city by the German Luftwaffe on April 7, 1941.

The production, which will immerse audiences within the performance, is supported by a cast of characters, based on real life witnesses to the Blitz.

Adrian Lutton, Head of Creative for W5, said: "The world-class audio-visual technology we have in Amazr at W5 allows us to create out of the ordinary experiences, that push boundaries and traditional notions of what theatre should or can be.

"Our immersive Belfast Blitz experience is the first of many new and exciting experiences that will put the visitor at the heart of the action," he said.

Dan Gordon said: "Many people think of war as something that happens elsewhere.

"And whilst Belfast has had its fair share of troubles since, at the time of the Belfast Blitz there certainly was a feeling that `It will never happen here'.

"I think this will be a powerful production that will be emotive but also entertaining, in that very particular Belfast way," he said.

Further information is available at w5online.co.uk.

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