Come one, come all to the newly opened theme park based on Shakespeare's plays! Are you daring enough to live through the infamous lives of the Shakespeare's characters? Experience the heart-breaking tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, the anxiety-filling betrayals of Richard III, the anguish of Hamlet, the trickery in Macbeth, or the back-and-forth moral fight of Othello. At Shakespeare's Tragic Playground, anyone can experience the tragedies that Shakespeare envisioned, only with a thrill of a theme park.
"Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I never saw true beauty till this night." Everyone loves a good ride based on the honeymoon, new love stage in their lives. It's a time of joy; a time where all things seem right, and that nothing could possibly go wrong. That's exactly what we try to capture on our ride, "Strayed Love". The ride looks like a nice carriage ride, and the beginning is just that: couples are slowly started with a few small bumps so they can focus on the scenery around them, which is filled with things associated with love, such as hearts, chocolate, silhouettes of couples, etc. The ride slowly picks up speed, and the imagery around it begins to darken slightly. Hearts turn darker shades until they are black, and the chocolates look like they are melting. The bumps on the course begin to be hills, and the coaster begins to take sharp turns until eventually, it reaches a long tunnel. In this tunnel, the riders cannot see anything, but can only feel their bodies being slammed against each other, and they may feel themselves going into loops until they stop at the beginning of a large hill, still in the dark tunnel. Lights on the ceiling slowly begin to turn on, showing the long descent down. Pictures on the walls of the tunnel start to flash, showing carnage. A man's voice comes on in a speaker, saying, "Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow." Then the ride plunges down faster than it had before, until stopping abruptly back at the beginning. The ride shows how, in the beginning, Romeo and Juliet's love was happy, everything that it could be, but through time, obstacles were thrown into their relationship, making it dark. The tunnel signifies the tomb that Juliet laid in when she was under the spell of the potion that the fryer gave her, and the stop at the top was the height of anticipation, when Romeo sees his not only his "dead" love, but all the people that died until then. The plunge down is the fall of Romeo and Juliet, the final death of true love.
"We cannot all be masters, nor all masters cannot be truly follow'd." In Shakespeare's play, Othello, there is a bit of a "battle" between Othello and Iago, figuratively. Othello is constantly trying to keep to his morals, but Iago is constantly trying to subliminally convince him to do foul acts, such as killing Cassio, and later, Desdemona. In our ride, "Mooral Fight", we try to depict this "battle" of Othello's moral compass. This roller coaster has two trains, one named "The Moor" and one named "I-ago", that are both dispatched on two separate tracks. The two trains run parallel to each other, though the Moor goes on a track with more hills, showing Othello's positive and negative emotions throughout the play; the I-ago has more horizontal curves that sharply jerk its passengers around the other track. Whenever the Moor seems like it has distanced the I-ago, the I-ago's track jerks back to it. This shows how whenever Othello would start to believe in Desdemona's innocence, Iago would do or say something else to make him believe his story once again. At the end, there is a white hankercheif with strawberries etched into it, just like Desdemona's. The attractiveness of this ride lays in the fact that there is a different outcome to the race everytime. Sometimes the I-ago train finishes first, sometimes the Moor does.
"If the water come to him and drown him, he drowns not himself." What is a theme park without a water ride? Here at Shakespeare's Tragic Playground, we make sure to include the thrill of the water ride with the desperation of a broken heart, such as one that Ophelia had. This water ride, named "Into the Chasm", looks very simple: there are boats that hold up to four people that immediately climb a lift hill that is relatively tall. Once reaching the top, the boats plunge down fast and quickly enter into a U-turn where water spurts out of the pond below onto the passengers. They are then taken on another hill, but this one is slightly different: once at the top, they can see that there is a hole at the bottom of the pond. What it is, is an underwater tunnel where they experience what it is like to drown, while still being alive. From the outside, it looks as if the pond swallowed up the ride, and for a few seconds, the boats are nowhere to be found. At the end of the tunnel, the emerge back near the beginning, where they can unload. This ride isn't just about Ophelia, but Hamlet as well. It shows both of their rise and falls....into insanity (or pseudo-insanity). The tunnel at the end is symbolic of Ophelia's death, which is quick and ends abruptly.
"Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn, and cauldron bubble." Anti-gravity rides are always a thriller. That is why we incorporated one called "Swat Wack", properly named for one of the witch's quotes. "Swat Wack" is an easier way to pronounce "SWTWC", which is an acronym for "something wicked this way comes", because this ride is definitely wicked. Passengers will enter this circular cauldron and stand with their backs to its walls, holding on to bars in front of them. They will not be strapped in. The cauldron will then spin violently, twisting in air. But that's not all! The cauldron is also see-through, and as the riders are spinning so fast that they can't fall out of their positions, outside, there is fire spurting out around the cauldron. In the middle of the cauldron is a bubble-maker machine, spurting out bubbles to mix with the flames in the air to make the fully wicked, being-cooked-alive experience. In order to ride this ride, one must be brave, manly. Just like Lady Macbeth was constantly telling Macbeth to be in the beginning of the play. The anti-gravity aspect of the ride is needed because the riders can't be strapped in if they want to experience what it is like to be Macbeth. They witness the surreal aspects of the witches like Macbeth did, and they feel how it is to be in a world full of chaos without having the straps of sanity to hold them down. Macbeth loses his sanity after killing Banquo, and then he goes on a killing spree in order to preserve his life, and his kingdom. While the passengers ride the Swat Wack, they hear the screams of everyone that Macbeth ordered to be killed, so they can feel the guilt that ached the Macbeth couple. There will also be "blood" splattered on them periodically throughout the ride, to symbolize the blood that Lady Macbeth cannot wash off her hands.
"Now is the winter of our discontent." Every theme park has to have a fun house...or in this case, a murder house. In "The Road of Despair", people will walk through a maze-like trail where they will see piles of bodies in the settings that the victims died in. As they walk through, they will climb up to a tower where two boys will be murdered; they will see a dining table with Hasting's head resting as the main course. They will walk through a hall where the floor is a path of wine barrels, and where water periodically spurts on them, to show Clarence's death. At the end, they will walk through a pitch-black, rotating room where flashes of the ghosts appear on the walls, saying "despair and die" in creepy voices, just as Richard had dreamt before dying.
So come as soon as you can to this theme park based on the tragedies of Shakespeare's plays. Through our rides, you can truly experience what Shakespeare's characters experienced in their lives, but the catch is, you can go home in the end, (they are dead).