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Tue 30 Jun - Fri 31 Jul

The Quest

The Quest is a story about adventure. After receiving a mysterious call during lockdown, a librarian and her housemates set out on a quest to discover the meaning of adventure. 

Join the screen-free fun: this imaginative audio play offers you a chance to join in with activities to become part of the story. 

The Quest is a participatory audio play. It’s best enjoyed as a family and children shouldn’t be left unattended. For a fully immersive experience, you need to gather a few simple props. Don’t worry, nothing fancy and we’ll tell you what to do with them. You will soon get the idea. 

Click on the episodes below to listen to the adventures!

Episode One: Katherine Johnson

For this episode you need to be sitting on chairs, in a round, or facing each other if you are a pair. If you’re alone, sit in the middle of a room. 

You will need:

  • A washing up bowl, or a large salad bowl or Tupperware. 
  • One glass each. One of them should be half-full with water. 
  • One small piece of cardboard, large enough to cover the glass, but not too large, you can just cut a box of cereals, or if you have a cardboard coaster, that’s great. 
  • A pair of headphones each. If you don’t have headphones, take a banana, a carrot or even a pen: just as long as you’ve got one item each.

Episode Two: Nikola Tesla 

For this episode you will need to be in a darkened room.

You will need:

  • A candle if it is safe to use or a torch
  • A hat each
  • An empty glass each
  • Access to a light switch 
  • Some cardboard, an empty pack of cereal would be ideal or alternatively a large tupperware lid.

Episode Three: Noor Inyat Khan

For this episode you will need to sit around an empty table, big or small, coffee table, dinning table, it doesn’t matter. And you will need a hat each.

What's Coming out of the Box

Based in East Kent, we are a female-led performance and art company. We serve food for thought dished up as immersive experiences, creating work that relate to audiences in unusual ways. Our innovative performances always have a strong audience participation element and explore participation possibilities, site specific and outdoor situations.​

Our long-term vision is to contribute to making the world a better place through the Arts: to create a more tolerant, supportive and happy society.​

Although we operated informally in the past, What’s Coming out of the Box was officially born in 2018, starting with Inside. We have developed a uniquely fluid immersive style and strong DIY aesthetic working with wonderful mentors such as Tim Webb (Oily Cart) and Colette Garrigan (Akselere). We tend to be as self-contained as possible, to tour outside conventional spaces and reach everyone.

We are associate artists at Looping the Loop and our work has been supported by Arts Council England, the Kent Community Foundation, Kent County Council, Canterbury City Council and the Gibbons Family Trust.

Head to the website here.

Booking Info


Ages 5 - 10 and their families

Listen to episodes using the links on this event page.