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a clown stands in a pink room at Phobiarama

You have to catch Phobiarama in King’s Cross

It's an immersive ghost train ride taking you face to face with fear. Yikes!


o this is exciting. Dutch theatre maker and visual artist Dries Verhoeven’s much-praised installation Phobiarama comes to King’s Cross this week – and it sounds brilliant (if perhaps a bit terrifying).

Step on board what can only be described as a “political ghost train” for a genuinely immersive excursion into our contemporary culture of fear, bringing you face to face with the ever-increasing threats and paranoia engulfing a “society obsessed with safety and perfection”.

You’ll be whisked through a tour of today’s angst-fuelling media landscape so “flawlessly exploited” by politicians, terrorists, marketers and fake news. In short, it’s a 21st century theatrical haunted house. And it lands in the capital after sell-out performances in Europe.

Oh, and you or may not encounter this clown along the way. Hold tight.


Phobiarama is part of LIFT Festival and runs 8th-18th June, West Handyside Canopy, N1C. Tickets here.

Main image: Willem Popelier

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