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Prepare to explore. You are the crew of HMS Adventure. Together we will set sail into the uncharted.

With so much history secured in one museum and so many doorways to other times and other worlds, Against Captain’s Orders promised to be exciting, enlightening, and perhaps just a tiny bit dangerous.

Against Captain’s Orders was an exhibition like no other that took families on the adventure of a lifetime through the Museum’s incredible wealth of maritime history and artefacts. Aimed at 6-12 year olds, audiences donned lifejackets, joined the crew of the HMS Adventure and stepped into the heart of the action.

Brave young navigators…will be captivated.

– The Sunday Times
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Creative Team

  • Directors

    Peter Higgin & Katy Balfour

  • Designer

    Livi Vaughan

  • Assistant Designers

    Hebe George & Kate Rigby

  • Writer

    Simon Davies

  • Sound & Graphic Designer

    Stephen Dobbie

  • Graphic Designer

    Luke Baines

  • Lighting Designer

    Euan Maybank

  • Costume Designer

    Rachael A. Smith

  • Producers

    Alex Rowse & Jen Thomas


Ahoy! Punchdrunk strikes gold again.

– Time Out

Fun and eccentric…a Roald Dahl-like fantasy.

– Londonist


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