On Sunday the 6th October 2013, an intrepid troop of trainee investigators hit Rochester High Street, looking for clues to solve the puzzle of extra-terrestial life.
They met members of the peculiar Ogilvy family, snatched from across the last century by space pirates, who intent of harvesting their DNA had carelessly misplaced them in modern Rochester. Unfortunately, they were unable to locate the elusive Douglas Ogilvy, recently abducted from Jackson’s field, as he had disappeared in a flying saucer, but his relatives guided them to the final destination, helping them to discover the secrets of the Skywatcher and encountering several UFO’s along the way. Below is a photographic record of their journey.
Photos by Nikki Price Photography
‘It was just so much fun, and so different. The kids all talked about it all the way home and want me to find something similar to do (not sure there IS anything similar to be honest) They also told all their friends about it and showed off their passes and their badges.’
‘Good fun factor, liked that kidults and kids could enjoy it together. Lots of interaction with both the actors and others in my team, got to know more about Rochester’
‘Suitable for adults and children alike. Loved going to shops in Rochester that I wouldn’t ordinarily go to. How friendly and lovely the shops were – and welcoming!’
‘thank you all very very much for one of the most unique and entertaining afternoons down the high street . . . when’s the next one ?’
‘it was magical seeing the kids so swept up in it. They absolutely loved it and have been wearing the tags with pride ever since. Really caught their imagination and a day they’ll never forget.’
‘Skywatchers was an explosion of theatrical panache, intriguing writing and weird, weird things. Elsie and Iris now truly believe that aliens are hovering above our Medway heads, ready to abduct us.’
We would like to thank: the 161 coFWD coworking community, Baggin’s Book Bazaar, Dot Cafe, Rochester Games and Models, Rochester Nucleus, Johnstone’s Tool Shop, Rochester Guildhall Museum and Rochester Film Society for all their help and support.
The Skywatcher was part of the Rochester Literature Festival
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