The village of Fallow Cross is in trouble. Hercules, the Mayor, is dead, and a powerful sorceress has taken over, casting the village and the surrounding Kingdom into rain and darkness.

Without Hercules’ protection, all of the villagers have fled – and only the Oracles remain. Hercules gave them the clue to saving the village, and they know it’s a race against time to recover the pieces of the puzzle and reveal the secrets hidden in the foundations of the village itself. But they can’t do it alone…

 

The Oracles is a cross-platform experience, developed for local primary school children in Haringey that unfolds over several weeks. Playing a tablet game in the classroom introduces pupils to the world of Fallow Cross and reveals a call to adventure from the Oracles. Alternating between gameplay and visits to Fallow Cross, the pupils must recover the missing objects to restore protection to the village. Inspired by the myth of Hercules and his 12 Labours, the project is designed to engage Key Stage 2 pupils in Greek mythology and mathematics and improve digital literacy.

Cutting edge technology has been developed in collaboration with Google’s Creative Lab and Grumpy Sailor to create magical moments of audience interaction, that blend digital and physical environments. The development of digital technology is generously supported by Google’s Creative Lab.

The Oracles won a Digital Dozen: Breakthroughs in Storytelling award from Columbia University School of the Arts in 2018.

 

The Oracles is generously supported by

Ellis Campbell Charitable Foundation

Google’s Creative Lab

Worshipful Company of Information Technologists

 

Creative Team

  • Director

    Matthew Blake

  • Designer

    Kate Rigby

  • Sound Designer

    Salvador Garza

  • Lighting Designer

    Elliot Griggs

  • Lead Game Developer

    Jim Bending

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  • Group of children looking a puzzle on a locked case
    The Oracles. Punchdrunk’s The Oracles. Photograph by Paul Cochrane
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    The Oracles. Punchdrunk’s The Oracles. Photograph by Paul Cochrane
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    The Oracles. Punchdrunk’s The Oracles. Photograph by Paul Cochrane
  • Group of children following adult performers through a building
    The Oracles. Punchdrunk’s The Oracles. Photograph by Paul Cochrane
  • Group of children looking at a lamp on top of a desk, some also looking at a board on a wall
    The Oracles Punchdrunk’s The Oracles. Photograph by Paul Cochrane
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    The Oracles by Paul Cochrane Punchdrunk’s The Oracles. Photograph by Paul Cochrane
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