The eclectic team at ExploreTheArch are fine-tuning their Christmas production for its début run on 21st December, and this year’s model looks set to be a cracker. In what may be a global first, the show explores the weird, wonderful and wacky world of the internal combustion engine. Packed with mischief and festive frivolity, The House of the Internal Combustion Engine runs from Solstice to Epiphany (January 5th) with – as with all ExploreTheArch productions – free tickets for under 19s, when booked alongside adult tickets (£15 + online booking fee).

Housed in the company’s unique and intimate domestic venue on Charles Road, St Leonards, this playful experiential show takes you deep inside the engineering treasure hidden under the bonnets of cars all across Hastings, Britain, and the globe! The performance is an ode to an extraordinary 19th-century invention which has shaped our world. This technological masterpiece has fascinated those clad in oily overalls for well over a century, while remaining a mystery to most of those who drive cars on a daily basis without looking under the bonnet.

Love it or loathe it, mankind has had a love affair with the internal combustion engine that has lasted for a century and a half. But as cities choke in car fumes and governments finally clamp down on the gas guzzlers, is that love affair finally coming to an end? Check out your love gauge. Chaotically combustive, this show is preceded by a foyer jam-packed with explosive car game fun. So if you failed to receive a toy car on your Christmas gift list aged 6, your disappointment might finally be assuaged. And the post-show playground promises a thought-provoking wait-and-see.

This vibrant new production is being developed by the multi-disciplinary team of engineer @PoorlyBeetle, theatre maker Gail Borrow, performer Katie Taylor and artist Peter Quinnell, with additional research by Sean Duggan and Leon Gomes.

It runs for 1hr with the foyer experience opening 30 mins before the advertised show time. For more details on The House of The Internal Combustion Engine, visit where tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite. Tickets without a booking fee are available from The Bookkeeper Bookshop, St Leonards, and Printed Matter Bookshop, Hastings, beloved local bookshops who also await your festive book purchases. #shoplocal

The company would be delighted to discuss any access requirements – contact them at [email protected]

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