Selby 950: Aliens head to Selby Abbey

Close up image of the Manic Chord alien

An 80s inspired extra-terrestrial outdoor adventure is touching down at Selby Abbey at half term, as part of Selby District Council’s programme to celebrate the 950th anniversary of the founding of the Abbey.

Acclaimed Leeds based company, Manic Chord Theatre, will bring their family adventure show, The Unknown, to be performed in the grounds of the Abbey three times a day, on three different days over half term.

Inspired by ET and Stranger Things, the interactive show is suitable for families and all performances are completely free but tickets must be booked in advance via Eventbrite.

For 2019, the District Council has invested £50,000 to deliver a programme of arts and heritage events to celebrate the 950th anniversary of the founding of Selby Abbey. The Council has been awarded just under £70,000 by Arts Council England and £45,000 by National Lottery Heritage Fund for the Selby 950 celebrations.

Cllr Chris Pearson, commented, “It sounds like there will be some highly unusual alien activity taking place around our beautiful Abbey and I urge local families to book their places as soon as possible so they don’t miss out on this extra-terrestrial extravaganza.”

The play is an outdoor performance especially aimed at 7 – 10 year olds but is suitable for the whole family. Performances will take place at 10-11am, 12-1pm, 2.45-3.45pm on Monday 28th October, Tuesday 29th October and Wednesday 30 October.

Tickets for all performances can be booked via Eventbrite. This event has now ended. 

Don’t forget to download the accompanying alien app ‘The Unknown – Manic Chord’ on the app store or google play to find and befriend aliens in the run-up to the show.

Arts Council England

Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us.  In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.