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Popular escape room experience comes to Paignton Library

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Book now for The Lost Librarian and test your puzzle-solving abilities! Following a sold out run at Exeter Library last year, the escape room experience will be visiting Paignton Library from Monday 4th – Saturday 23rd April.

The Lost Librarian is a ground-breaking escape room for inquisitive explorers of all ages. Using interactive mechanical books, groups of up to six people experience a 60-minute journey, uncovering a fantastical tale of the last known witches in the UK and the legacy that they have left behind. Groups will work as a team to solve the mystery of the Lost Librarian.

Devised by Lizzie Johnson (Designer / Fabricator / Producer), Kyle Hirani (Technologist / Roboticist), and Matt Gibbs (Writer / Narrative Designer), the project brings together their passion for art, design, technology, and storytelling, as well as their deep love of games and puzzles, to create an interactive experience that is both playful and engaging. 

The Lost Librarian herself is Molly Allison, a librarian who has been researching the Devon Witch Trials and the local legends of their ‘Secret Treasure’. To throw off a mysterious rival, Molly has had to hide her research and the treasure within the library, creating a web of puzzles and clues to protect it – the ‘books’ she has made. The technology that powers the puzzles themselves, enables us to present touch sensitive mazes, logic puzzles, and word searches, as well as puzzles that require very different input, such as having to make certain gestures to unlock a clue.

Daniel Clark, Creative Director at Evolve said “We are really pleased to be bringing The Lost Librarian to Paignton this spring. The escape room has proven to be very popular, not only in terms of ticket sales but also in the amazing feedback we have received from customers. Come along to find out why people loved it!”

After debuting at Exeter Library in July last year, The Lost Librarian went on tour across Devon libraries. Now after a short break, the experience is coming to Torbay.

The Lost Librarian is part of the Exeter, UNESCO City of Literature Programme. More on UNESCO can be found at   

Charlotte Vowles, Community Reporter at Devon Live said, “At £12 per session, the escape room is a pretty purse-friendly way to keep six people’s brains engaged for 60 minutes.”

Tickets are available to book via Eventbrite, for £12 per session. Recommended for ages 12+ unless accompanied by an adult. Find out more and how to book at

Further to the escape room itself, the creative team behind the experience have opened the doors to share some of the techniques behind this innovative production in two free masterclasses available on the Evolve website:

Matt Gibbs is a WGGB Award nominated writer, narrative designer, and editor. He has worked on games such as DICE’s Battlefield 1, Creative Assembly’s Total War: ROME II, and Ubisoft Reflections’ Driver San Francisco, and is a Partner at Talespinners, a cooperative providing writing, narrative design, and consultancy for games. In Matt’s pre-recorded class you can learn all about writing stories for gaming experiences, from computer games through to interactive artworks.

Elizabeth Johnson is a designer and fabricator for animation, theatre and public engagement works and a resident artist at Puppet Place in Bristol. She has designed physical playable experiences big and small, and in her pre-recorded class she will take you through the journey of designing your own interactive artworks, as well as looking into the creative process behind the Lost Librarian.

The Lost Librarian experience has been designed in order for people to be able to engage with confidence with Covid19 safety measures. Groups of 6 maximum to take part at any one time and all surfaces will be cleaned regularly.   

Libraries Unlimited is the charity responsible for running Devon and Torbay Libraries. The Lost Librarian Project is just one of the activities in the wide Libraries Unlimited cultural offering. Evolve is delivered in partnership with artists and communities and funded by Arts Council England and Exeter City Council. 

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