CROOKS 1926 from COLAB

London theatre news: Tuesday 4 February 2020

Immersive - Shows - Site specific

Veteran immersive theatre company COLAB will stage their most ambitious project to date with their new show CROOKS 1926, a crime thriller and live-action boardgame.
CROOKS 1926 at the King William IV

Image courtesy Ysbrand Cosijn

Here's your chance to plunge into the gritty, criminal underworld of 1920s London with COLAB's new immersive experience, CROOKS 1926.

COLAB's most ambitious project to date sees game mechanics collide with a pulsing, hair-raising narrative giving audiences the chance to throw themselves into one family's brutal battle for supremacy in the heart of Elephant and Castle.

In a world where nothing is certain, violence is rampant, and bargains are made to be broken, the audience will have complete autonomy to shape their own thrilling experience.

While some might choose to orchestrate a grand territorial takeover of London or broker an alliance with The West End Boys, others might 'go it alone' by scheming with a devious traitor.

The choice lies solely with the audience which means that no two shows are the same.

With over ten years' experience, the veteran immersive theatre company will be debuting CROOKS 1926 at their brand new, permanently dedicated space in South London.

Lead by COLAB's artistic director Bertie Watkins, their venues have hosted some of the biggest names in the industry such as Coney, Parabolic and most recently, The Great Gatsby Immersive Experience.

With this newest venture and production COLAB continues to innovate and influence the genre with unique, exciting and truly interactive experiences - the hallmark of their work.

Bertie Watkins commented ...

"Because we have just opened our new, purpose-built space, we have been able to construct an immersive world that reflects the narrative perfectly.

COLAB Theatre continues to pioneer its own brand of immersive experience, Action Theatre.

By combining complex game mechanics with a multi-linear story, the audience can engage in a way that genuinely affects the outcome of the show at the same time as feeling the emotional weight of those decisions."

Show listing information



Plunge deep into the cockney criminal underworld of Elephant and Castle as you are immersed in one family's brutal battle for supremacy.

Nothing is certain, violence is rampant and bargains are made to be broken.

You can shape it all …

With COLAB Theatre's most ambitious immersive production yet, you have complete autonomy to shape the experience.

Bet on the boxing, your fortune foretold, or scheme privately with a devious traitor.

Can you orchestrate the grand territorial takeover of London?

Will you broker an alliance with The West End Boys and side with Italian Godfather Sabini?

Perhaps you alone will wield the power of life and death, the choice is yours.

Curate your unique experience as you are the master of fate.

Become the Blinder as you rub shoulders with the likes of Alfie White and The Cortesi Brothers.

The gritty world of the 1920's has never been closer.  


Alice Diamond - Holli Dixon

Charles 'Wag' McDonald - Angus Woodward

William 'Wal' McDonald - Simon Pothecary

Game Master - Tom Black


Director: Bertie Watkins
Production: Ben Chamberlain; Colab Theatre Productions


King William IV
16 Harper Road
Elephant and Castle


From: Wednesday 12 February 2020

Closes: Sunday 31 May 2020


Standard: £28

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