Trial of the Shadowcasters is an urban fantasy larp inspired by Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. In the story, people from different times meet in the cave town of Sassi di Matera. They are Pythagoreans from Classical Greece, soldiers, priests and nobles from the Byzantine Era, and a shadow theatre troupe and fascist city officials from the 1930s.
Each character is from one time period only. You do not need costumes for all the time periods, only the one you are from.
During the larp each character will try to escape their prison, personal, metaphorical, or physical. You will cast shadows, eat together, have intricate personal relationships, rebel against parents, priests, and other rulers, take part in rituals, seek enlightenment, travel in time, and explore the city.
We have three accomodation options. Two are hotel/hostel type, one is sleeping in a cave for those who find that exhilarating and not off-putting.
Food during the larp will be fully catered. Before and after the larp you will buy your own food.
The cave town and its houses, caves, churches, museums is where you play. This larp will involve a lot of walking, also up and down stairs, so there may be accessibility issues related to that. Please contact us to discuss accessibility in more detail.
You will bring your own costume for one time period. You can bring multiple costumes (such as common clothes and a party dress) for the same time period if you wish, but you will not be expected to bring costumes for all the time periods.