Shrektastic!

Abbe Bates meets Shrek in London!

Abbe Bates meets Shrek in London!

Managing Editor Abbe Bates had a great day out at the new Shrek’s Adventure attraction at County Hall in London recently. Billed as the world’s first immersive storytelling attraction, it has been created as part of a  partnership between Merlin Entertainments and DreamWorks Animation, with original scripts, sets and animation made especially for it. Groups of 14 people at a time are taken around the attraction at timed intervals, and you are led through a serious of rooms to try and find Shrek the ogre by way of some brilliant character actors and effects. A 4D bus ride is one of the highlights, transporting you into an immersive cartoon world. There is much for children to enjoy and engage with on the 75-minute tour but adults are catered for too, with funny one-liners and tongue-in-cheek jokes. There are plenty of photo opportunities at the end of the journey, as you can see above, and I would highly recommend it as a different and exceptionally well put together experience when in London – it took over 400 people more than two years to achieve and there are five similar DreamWorks collaborations planned across the world over the next nine years. Groups of 10 or more get a 20% discount on entry.

Adrian bows out in style

Adrian Gates and Simon Warwick.

Adrian Gates and Simon Warwick.

GTO’s outgoing Commercial Director, Adrian Gates, attended his final press launch on behalf of GTO magazine in July, prior to his retirement after 27 years. It was to promote an exhibition opening on 2nd October called Dressed by Angels, focused on the leading theatrical, film and tv costumier, Angels. The exhibition covers 175 years of its history, featuring a magnificent display of 100 bespoke costumes made for stars of the stage, film and TV. Adrian is pictured with Simon Warwick, former Managing Director of Group Line, sporting an interesting growth on his head!

A taste of the Tate in Liverpool

Val at the Jason Pollock Show at Tate Liverpool,

Val at the Jason Pollock Show at Tate Liverpool,

At the end of June, GTO’s Contributing Editor, Val Baynton, enjoyed a visit to Tate Liverpool to see the 2015 summer season. The three shows – Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots, Glenne Ligon: Encounters and Collisions, and a solo exhibition from the Romanian artist, Geta Brătescu – each reveal unique approaches to art but there are interconnecting themes such as the use of calligraphy. The Jackson Pollock show is the first in over 30 years to explore the artist’s infamous ‘black pourings’, made between 1951 and 1953, and which were a radical departure both for the artist and the artistic world. Twenty of the black pourings are on show at Tate Liverpool, the largest number ever gathered together in one place, and the exhibition includes several examples that have not been seen in Europe for several decades. The summer season continues Tate Liverpool’s aim to highlight international art and to create multi-themed but linked summer shows using all the gallery space.