Peaky Blinders: The Rise ★★★★ The Camden Garrison | Jun 24, 2022 - Feb 12, 2023


If you are already a fan of Peaky Blinders, you will thoroughly enjoy this experience. If you aren't familiar with the television series, watching seasons one and two might give you a better sense of the characters you'll be meeting and the world you'll be entering. On the other hand, if you just enjoy a costume party with a narrative component and lots of action, you'll be just fine. We have to admit that we lost track of the story at various points, but the energy of the cast and other participants is so contagious that it hardly seems to matter. It really is great fun to be transported back to the 1920s into the milieu of the mobster Shelby family as they move their business down to London. Participants will meet all their favourites. There's socially conscious Ada, crazy Arthur, steely Polly, mastermind Tommy, plus archenemy Sabini and questionable ally, Alfie Solomons. And, there's also an opportunity to participate in all the family activities – betting, drinking, bare knuckle fighting, and of course, plotting and underworld power plays. Before attending the event, participants are prompted to join one of the families associated with the Shelbys, and depending on your decision and how much you wish to participate in the story, everyone will have a slightly different experience. The cast members go out of their way to include people, but there is no pressure to participate beyond your personal comfort zone. If you attend this Shelby family meeting, be prepared for Peaky Blinders: The Rise to whisk you into a wickedly delightful world of intrigue and adventure.

Rated: ★★★★

Reviewed by J.C.
Photo by Mark Senior.

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