Get ready for an emotive experience created by the Location Based Experiences team at the award-winning Wētā Workshop. When New Zealanders walk into the New Zealand Liberation Museum – Te Arawhata, they will feel an immediate sense of their homeland.
The experience involves a mix of cinematic, sensory, and emotive environments where visitors can immerse themselves in the dramatic storytelling, sculptural artworks, soundscapes, and projections to connect on an emotional level about the liberation of Le Quesnoy.
Using its world-famous special effects, Wētā Workshop has created a giant soldier similar to the figures in its exhibition Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War at Te Papa in Wellington, New Zealand.
Te Arawhata – the ladder, which is so integral to this story, as well as a pathway to higher levels of understanding, is central to the experience. The ground floor rooms tell the stories, then visitors climb the staircase, symbolically the pathway to higher things, where they reach the rooms which provoke reflection and greater understanding.
Upstairs there is a room where visitors can leave messages on the autumn flowers of Le Quesnoy, as they reflect and create their own ever-changing artwork of remembrance. There is also the opportunity to celebrate the remarkable, ongoing friendship between Le Quesnoy and New Zealand. The highly immersive exhibition spaces, where visitors can learn more about the people involved in the liberation and New Zealand’s wider involvement in World War I, are complemented by interactive and contemplative areas where they can also reflect on the price of freedom, the value of friendship and how these can create a better future.
Immerse yourself in the stories of the Liberation. First hand accounts are performed in the Room of Voices, allowing you to hear the experiences of the people who were there.
THE STORY OF LE QUESNOY
Come to Le Quesnoy to visit the museum and also to take in the beauty of this small French town that has been witness to so much history. Walk around the rampart fortifications dating from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries with beautiful parks, including many oak trees, which are the symbol of the town.
Site designed and developed by Great North
Head of Screen and Location Based Experiences: Grant Bensley
Creative Director: Richard Taylor
Senior Creative Director: Andrew Thomas
Executive Producer: Catherine Ormandy
Executive Creative Producer: Rik Athorne
Lead Designer: Georgia McNeill
Writer: Dave Armstrong
Composer: Rhian Sheehan
Creative Producer: Jason Aldous
Translation: Hervé Michaud
Creative Development Writer: Darren Ormandy
Casting, Sound Design, Recording, Edit, Mix and Master by Ricky Simmonds &
Matt Eller at Evoke Audio
French and German Casting by Kate McGill Casting
French Language Consultancy by Viviane Lopes
German Language Consultancy by Jakob Jäger
English Voice Cast
Monty Ingram – Dave Van Horn
Alick Trafford – Tim Carlsen
Lieutenant Lawrence Blyth – Matt Chamberlain
Sergeant Reginal Hird – Adam Gardiner
Lance Corporal Stephen McDonnell – Calum Gittins
Major Lindsay Inglis – Calum Gittins
Rifleman Captain James Nimmo – Bruce Hopkins
Billy Popgun – TJ Snow
Brigadier-General Hart – Daryl Habraken
War Correspondent – Edwin Wright
Chaplin Mortimer Jones – Charlie McDermott
Barrowclough – John Leigh
Frederick Avery – Jarred Blakiston
Leslie Averill – Jordan Mooney
French Voice Cast
Brewer / Alphonse Courouble – Stephane Sauvat
Mayor / Achille Carlier – Alex Gangloff
Princesse Marie De Cröy – Jen Raoult
Jules Lempereur – Gaétan Widmer
Nelly Fontaine – Elodie Boullé
German Voice Cast
German Kommandant – Markus Henning Giess
On-site Mix: Robin Newman
Motion Graphics Artist: Chris Williamson
Technology Integration: Jouannot Electrical & Technik Adress
Special thanks to Celia Caughey, Nathalie Philippe, and Glyn Harper