Yesterday, I rocked up at the Good Omens Pop Up on Greek Street, Soho, London, recreating Aziraphale’s bookshop from Good Omens – the book and the TV show – and giving folk an immersive experience. This includes an escape room, a gallery of artwork created for the show and props from the show. I rocked up with Liz and Paul from Orbital Comics round the corner, expect a podcast from them later this week. So what did we get?
An angelic welcome
We are met at the door by angels who usher us in, to a bookseller behind a most untidy desk in a thin room with books threatening to fall on us. We are encouraged not to much to fall down the stairs but to saunter vaguely downwards. Which we did, to find ourselves in hell’s waiting room, an envelope full of prophecies of Agnes Nutter, with helpful quotes and references from her descendants, and eventually we realise we have to pick a guide from Hell to take us to a heavenly bookshop waiting room. it took a while.
Once inside the bookshop, the game was on. Fifteen minutes to get out again. After a few false starts, suddenly it all came together, as books were assembled on the floor, inspiration found and new instructions given. One hand plunge into somewhere impossible later and we found ourselves having tea with Neil Gaiman – or rather a video recording of him, encouraging us to see the new television show and were handed the recent tie-in reprint of the original novel by Neil Gaiman and the late Sir Terry Pratchett which remains one of my favourites.
From then it was a chance to saunter round Lorna May Wadsworth‘s Good Icons show – and we scored a video chat below as well. She asked me to mention that prints of her work are available, including the Big Neil picture, fifty of which have been signed by Neil himself, ahead of a show running at Philip Mould’s Gallery on Pall Mall from the 4th to the 11th. Happy to.
The pop-up show is open to the public on until Sunday. The escape room needs to be booked for, for the rest, just saunter vaguely upwards.
Okay, now to watch the show. And re-read the book. While you can enjoy a walk around the pop up that cuts out before the good bit in the escape room…
And a chat with Lorna May…
She also pointed out, but not recorded, is that these two pieces showing David Tennant as Crawley and Michael Sheen as Aziraphale, are placed on newspaper pages from the days that Neil Gaiman and Sir Terry Pratchett were born. Oh, and you can check the script of a new scene added to the TV series by Neil Gaiman, in Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, right here.