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The Strange Secret of Mr. Adrian Rook

virtual special event; opened Aug 2020, closed April 2021

Strange Secret was created in response to the closure of our in-person experiences during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020. It opened in previews Sat. 15 August 2020, and ran from 22 August 2020 to 30 April 2021, during which time it was our main or only source of revenue. Nearly every week sold out.

Billed as a "virtual immersive theatre mystery", the show took the format of an online open house at Strange Bird Immersive. Six of the tenants of the various strange businesses in residence met with groups of up to 10 guests in a series of 15-minute Zoom meetings to tell (and show) what they do.

But the organizer of the event, Adrian Rook, Secretary to the Raven Queen, had recently and suddenly gone missing. Guests were asked to keep an eye out for any strange occurrences, as they might be helpful in locating Adrian.

We are pleased to announce Adrian was at last located, and has returned to his duties.

While Strange Bird's focus is in-person experiences, we learned quite a few things about the practice of online immersive theatre during this enforced absence. And we will miss hosting Strange Secret.

As a record of this production, below is the original section of the front page; below that some behind the scenes documentation.

Our most sincere thanks to everyone who came out for a fun evening online. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Special Online Event

The Strange Secret of Mr. Adrian Rook

a virtual immersive theatre mystery

Something isn’t right at Strange Bird Immersive. Our doors are closed, no strangers to greet. And Adrian Rook, secretary to the Raven Queen, has gone missing.

We need you to change the narrative.

You are cordially invited to Strange Bird's virtual Open House. Meet unusual tenants, witness strange events, and help us locate our beloved Mr. Rook.

 
A 90-minute immersive theatre mystery over Zoom.
Designed for small groups of up to 8.
Book with friends for the best experience.
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28 week sold out run — must close April 30!
 

"Entertaining, exciting, and fresh"

Houston Press

Recommended Theater to Stream

New York Times

"The most fun I’ve had since March 2020"

The Theatre Times

"A character-focused take on the Zoom-streamed experience"

Room Escape Artist

"We're still reminiscing the moments we shared"

Escape The ROOMers

"One of the more memorable experience I've done since the world's turned upside down."

Escape Mattster
 
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Runtime: 90 minutes
Optional light interaction, with a puzzle to solve as a group at the end