Adelaide Fringe Review 2021: 1000 Doors – Door Within A Door

Who: Created by Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney, presented by Buxton Walker

What: Interactive installation 1000 Doors

When: 19th Feb- 18th March, from 5pm-10pm weekdays, from 11am-10pm weekends

Where: Garden of Unearthly Delights. Buy tickets and view details.

1000 Doors- Door Within A Door has been created by Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney, the team behind the 2018 Garden of Unearthly Delights’ House of Mirrors. The setting of 1000 Doors is cleverly constructed to transport you away from the Adelaide Fringe and to somewhere entirely new. Once I entered through the first door I was immediately confronted by the combination of the setting and sound. The mixture of ambient noise, and faded music is essential to the success of 1000 Doors. Similarly, the layout and design is highly effective.

I walked through the entrance of 1000 Doors with no expectations as to what may lie on the other side. This feeling of walking into the unknown is essential to fully experience 1000 Doors. For this reason, I won’t give away too many details of this interactive experience. From the outside, 1000 Doors appears to consist of a giant wooden box, though once inside the first door you are immersed within an unknown place, the location of which is entirely up to your imagination.

I attended this event individually, although I feel I would have had a vastly different experience if I was in a group setting. Despite its G rating, 1000 Doors certainly has the potential to evoke unsettling and apprehensive emotions. At the same time, the element of the unknown is what compels and entices you to explore. 

4 out of 5 stars.

– Siân Cliffe

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