Do you have powers of a Jedi? Are you called to the Dark Side? Star Wars Identities is a ground-breaking exhibition exploring the complex notion of identity through the characters of Star Wars. Visitors are taken on an interactive identity quest and leave with their own personalised, unique Star Wars Character.
We took the journey through the galaxies to the O2 to discover whether we were Sith or Wookie…and it came as no surprise to learn that we were complete baddies! The very good news is that Star Wars Identities runs until 3rd September 2017 and it’s really easy to find. If you haven’t been to the O2 before, it’s easy to access by tube – exit at North Greenwich station on the Jubilee line and follow the signs – you can’t miss it! You can also take the frequent Thames Clippers from central London which is brilliant fun. There are a huge range of restaurants and bars both around and within the O2, so you’ll have an amazing time whatever the weather.
The exhibition was developed and produced by Montreal’s X3 Productions in collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd and uses an extensive archive collection from the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. If you’re not a huge Star Wars fan, fear not – the exhibition is hugely entertaining with narration throughout and even if you’ve never seen the films there’s plenty to keep you engaged and entertained.
As you enter, you’ll be given a head-set and armlet and then be guided through into a darkened lobby. It’s worth mentioning a couple of things:
- Make sure your headset is working – if you do have any problems, ask staff for a replacement as you’ll get far more out of the exhibition.
- Watch the optional video before you head inside – again it ensures you get the most out of your visit.
- When choosing names & options for your characters, choose wisely! We tried to change ours but our first choices seemed to stick!
Star Wars Identities divides the concept of who we are into three major themes:
As you travel around the exhibition, you’ll see blue “hearing” symbols on the floor – they’re the best places to stand for optimum listening on headsets. Really, do use them – they help a lot! You’ll get to choose ten components of your character’s identity:
As you’re making your choices, you’ll be guided through a complete multimedia experience and some of the most incredible costumes, props and models from the Star Wars films. Face down Darth Vader, meet Yoda and Chewbacca and get up close and personal with R2-D2 and C-3PO.
The exclusive Lucasfilm collection covers the entire Star Wars saga, the first and second trilogies, the animate Clone Wars and television series. The exhibition is open to all ages. After visiting, everyone will know what forces inhabit them and which hero or villain they identify with.
Expect your visit to last between 1 and 2 hours
10.00 – last ticket entry 18.00 (slots are every 15 minutes)
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