Current Season

The House of the Stone that Spoke

DEC 2023 Information

Images by Rod Morris

" say how much we enjoyed last night’s presentation and I wish I’d come at the start so I could have come again except no doubt you were all sold out. It never ceases to amaze me how much imagination and technical skill must go into producing these very original theatrical experiences."

"Thanks for a terrific evening. My party had never been before and loved the whole event. Every time I come to ExploreTheArch events at Archer Lodge, it appears completely different and I can't make out where the other events took place. I loved the atmosphere of being in the attic rooms, which in themselves held a lot of possible stories."

Fossil Finder In Us All

OCT 2023 Information

Images by Rod Morris

"This is absolutely a creative entry point: My family and I have caught the bug! Can't wait to get finding every weekend."

"This is a really beautiful portrayal of the act of finding a stone that has personal value. I'm so glad I am part of this project."

Four Courts Connect

AUG 2023 Information

The House of Kaleidoscopes

AUG 2023 Information

Images by Ian O'Leary

"Hannah's show has made me think about things in a different way."

"It brought back a memory of a significant mirror in my childhood. A strange mirror. A mirror in the door that we looked at as we came and left the house."

"That was so profound and moving. Incredibly intimate."

Sharp Edge of our Grief

APR 2023 Information

Images by Company

“Provoking essential conversations that need to be kept alive.”

“A moving and thought provoking event. So glad I came.”

High Rise Connecting Conversations

DEC 2022 Information

Images by Company

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AUGUST 2022 Information

Images by Rod Morris

“The Panelka performance was superb and will have a special place in my memory where unique experiences belong.”

“Just stunning. The shape, the feeling of sharing amongst us all, we are in an equal situation although we all have different viewpoints and the timing is absolutely incredible.”

“Panelka is a testimony to where people call home, whatever and wherever that is. Ukrainian artist, Dasha Podoltseva, recalls the panelkas of her childhood, growing up in the brutalist high rises of Kyiv where the spaces were small and the utilities a shared miracle of engineering.
But despite the Soviet dream of everything the same for everyone, the flat-dwellers of the Panelkas were individuals and their stories, seen through the eyes of a child, created communities and connections.
Gail Borrow’s visionary presentation cleverly reflects its themes - the audience sat on individuap spaces created by “panels” but in the same room, connected by the strings, pulleys and home-crafted sculptures lowered from the ceiling. The music from the talented Sam Brown spoke as it’s own character… In a moment of togetherness we all pulled our strings… to create the central heating orchestra. Musical alchemy!”

The Season of the Exquisite


APR 2022 Information

Images by John Cole

“Incredible interactive work exploring childhood hideouts, identity and belonging.”

“This is so creative and amazing.”

“Both Hannah and Yaz were so warm and engaging.”

Quickening of the Heart

DEC 2021 Information

Images by Alexander Brattell

”Another magical winter show from the endlessly inventive @explorethearch.”

“Quickening Of The Heart” is a loving homage to the almost-lost art of letter writing and the folk that worked on the night mail train.”

”Wooden train sets, fairy lights, suitcases, instruments made out of mugs and spoons, a live telephone exchange (made from paper cups and string), an email train suspended from house to tree - it’s all here and more.”

”Presented by two exceptionally talented young people, this is a perfect late afternoon show for all the family.”


JULY 2021 Information

Images by Ian O'Leary

"Moved me to tears and made my hairs stand on end ~ etherial, haunting, mystical, interesting and beautiful!"

The House of the Internal Combustion Engine

DEC 2019 Information

Images by Ian O'Leary

"Never had so much fun at the theatre!"

The House of Marcelle

AUGUST 2019 Information

Images by Ian O'Leary

"Unlike anything I've ever seen - it was amazing."

The Season of the Identity of Things

The House of Crusoe

APRIL 2019 Information

"Riveting, fascinating, frightening. Coming again."

The House of Circus

DEC 2018 Information

Images by Otti Albietz

"Completely up-ends the romantic notion of circus family life."

The House at Armistice

NOV 2018 Information

Images by Peter Mould

"So profound, so moving. This play will stay with me forever."

The House after Windrush

AUG 2018 Information

"The intimate setting, the creative simplicity of the props, the clarity of the story tellers, the beautiful music and fun interactions of the audience (if you can call us that because we felt more like privileged guests) made the experience of our Windrush friends so very powerful. Thank you so much."

The House of Mrs Joe

APR 2018 Information

Images by Peter Mould

"Atmosphere like I have never experienced in a theatre before."

The Season of Hidden Books

The House of Thought

DEC 2017 Information

Images by ExploreTheArch

"A life changing experience."

The House of the Man who Painted the Sea

AUG 2017 Information

Images by Peter Mould

"Brilliant and extraordinary. What an evening. Unforgettable."

The House of the Heroine

MAR 2017 Information

Images by Peter Mould

"The space between the lines comes alive in these rooms - a dreamspace."

The House of the Dark and Stormy Night

DEC 2016 Information

Images by Peter Mould

"Magical, shivery-making, tingly."

The House of the Siberian Seasons

AUG 2016 Information

Images by Peter Mould

"Magical. What a creative bomb of storytelling."

The Days Less Ordinary Season

The House of St George & the 400 Shakespeares

APR 2016 Contributor info.

"We don't go to see plays and this was the BEST! Just what we needed. Really inspired us!"

"Wonderful, seriously good gothic - the absolute darkness, the smell - total absorption."

"I simply loved the performances taking place in each of the rooms (or should I say mini theatres!). They were all so completely different, appealing to different senses. I have never been to anything like that evening and really relaxed into it."

The House of St Patrick

MAR 2016 Contributor info.

"I could have stayed so much longer in every room. Story, art, installation, writing, creating, watching, listening, thinking, singing. Food for the Brain. Thank you."

The House of St David

FEB/MAR 2016 Contributor info.

"A great experience: wonderful storytelling, great artwork and soundscape in the front room, cheeky Dylan Thomas and an exquisite seagull experience."

"So one minute I was with my friends and the next I was on my own in a room of pages. The words were slate mines and salmon, lead and ashes. There was a soundscape of a trickling stream and a violin player in the corner. I was in a different world."

The House of Burns

JAN 2016 Contributor info.

Images by djbrass

"Really lovely, interesting, relaxed, warm hearted event. Thanks to all involved for all your hard creative work."

"It was a great experience. Thanks to everyone for making it a great evening."

"It was a fantastic night!"

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