Childhood, eh? A glorious time when you could burst into hysterical tears on a regular basis, without incurring an awkward meeting with your line manager and a kind-faced lady from HR. More importantly, there was all that playing and mucking about.
After all, as George Bernard Shaw said, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” And he co-founded the London School of Economics, that famously playful, madcap institution that may have inspired Fun House.
Fortunately, you can turn back the clock a few years at the Southbank Centre this weekend at the Hide & Seek Festival (Fri 14 – Mon 17 Sep.) There’ll be three days of interactive playful experiences of all-types: lo-fi remixes of hopscotch, cross-London SMS-powered adventures for wannabe Jason Bournes, technologically-enhanced games like ‘voice recognition archery’ and even pieces like ‘Leave to Remain’ that function as political critique.
And if you need something stronger than Ribena to fully unleash your inner child, head to the Old Vic Tunnels on Saturday night for the festival party, featuring interactive indie games to get you moving and talking all night long.
For more info, see timeout.com. (N.B: some Festival events require advance booking; some are free, others not)