“Kynren”, a production by Eleven Arches, is set to become Britain’s newest tourist attraction of 2016. An open air night spectacular at Auckland Castle, County Durham, staging 2,000 years of British History. Bringing to life 2,000 years of Britain’s History through the eyes of the North East, from the Roman times to post World War II, Eleven Arches will entertain up to 8,000 visitors per show across a 7 ½ acre stage with a cast and crew made up of 1,000 professionally trained volunteers.
Building on the success of London 2012 and the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, County Durham will welcome the next chapter of volunteer-led power entertainment and boasts the participation of Steve Boyd as Creative Director – Volunteer Activation (he who masterminded inter alia the public involvement of every Olympics since 1992, and the aforementioned UK based ceremonies).
Taking inspiration from its artistic partner, Puy du Fou, Kynren is modelled on Puy du Fou’s own night show in France, which has been seen by an international audience of more than 10million people in the last 37 years; Eleven Arches–a registered charity- is also hoping for similar success as its French counterpart to radically change the fortune of the area with the investment that visitors from around the UK and abroad will bring during their visit to County Durham to watch the 90-minute evening show.
Plans also include the creation of the Eleven Arches Academy, which will train 300 young volunteers annually in the key skills needed to put on the Night Show and ensure its longevity and professional quality as well as building a reputation for producing some of the most talented young people in Britain in the performing arts sector.