Immersive installation opens at Leeds Town Hall

This winter, an experience like no other is coming to Leeds as The Wood Beneath The World opens to the public on 17 November.

The Wood Beneath The World

The Wood Beneath The World is a large-scale, magical forest installation hidden in the depths of Leeds Town Hall Crypt, which has been growing silently for decades. Its roots and trees have now burst through the floors and walls, and the wood has taken over. The exhibition opens on 17 November, allowing audiences an immersive hour-long adventure with an element of site-specific performance by mysterious characters that live there.

The Wood Beneath The World

The installation will include evening experiences for adults, daytime workshop sessions for school groups and a unique Father Christmas experience on weekends, where visitors are treated to a journey through the woods and storytelling sessions led by the man himself.

While the exhibition is open, the Town Hall's old Victorian cells will also play host to The Wood Beneath the World's pop-up bar, where visitors can mull over the experience. There will be a selection of mulled wine, cider, craft beers and soft drinks on offer in the cosy bar, which will be open 5-11pm on weekdays and 11am-11pm on weekends.

The Leeds City Council project has been created by design studio, Lord Whitney. The design-duo and their production team have built the set in the Town Hall Crypt, and an ambitious and an all-encompassing use of lighting, sound and performance combine to create a truly mesmerising experience for visitors of all ages.

The Wood Beneath The World

We're hugely inspired by our surroundings and a previous project we worked on led us to some fascinating stories and people, which ignited our interest in the world of folklore and has directly fed into the content of The Wood Beneath the World. The project allows audiences to be transported into another world and encourages imagination, curiosity and playfulness. This is one of our most ambitious and unusual projects to date – mixing art, theatre, lighting and sound to plunge visitors into an alternate and fully immersive world.

– Rebekah Whitney, from Lord Whitney

The Wood Beneath The World closes on 10 January 2015.