Star Wars Identities at the O2

My boyfriend is a bit of a Star Wars nerd. When I say a bit, I mean one lightsaber away from Luke Skywalker himself. Which is brilliant for buying him presents, as thanks to George Lucas you can literally never run out of Star Wars-themed gifts…This Christmas also happened to tie in with the arrival of the new Star Wars Identities exhibition at the O2, so it was a no-brainer! Therefore last week we found ourselves heading over to Greenwich on a chilly January morning and stepping into another world…

I knew literally nothing about this exhibition beforehand other than the fact that it houses a lot of props and costumes from the three original and three prequel films. Now I like the original Star Wars films but I don’t know a great deal about the series and haven’t seen the prequels, so my knowledge tends to come from other people (and The Big Bang Theory…) But even I found this exhibition fascinating, with iconic costumes which everyone will know and get a little bit starstruck over!

As well as being a prop and costume exhibition, Star Wars Identities is based around the concept of ‘What forces shape you?’, which I thought was quite an original twist. You’re given a headset on entering, and this allows you to tune in and out of audio clips dotted around the exhibition about what choices and forces shape the characters throughout the film series, and offers a view on the Nature vs Nurture debate too.

We were also given wristbands, and at ten different stations throughout the exhibition you could tap in and make choices about what type of character in the Star Wars universe you wanted to be. You could decide what species you wanted to be (human, wookie, ewok, etc), your upbringing, occupation, and at the end you could touch your wristband to the final station and have your character revealed! You can also then have a character profile emailed to you summarising everything from your journey around the exhibition. I loved this element, I thought it was so creative, and it really helped to immerse me in this world!

So this ^^ was my character. I had to Google the species I chose (which I picked purely on the basis of how cool they looked and the ‘head tails’ or lekku), which is Togruta. I chose to be a Jedi as well, and the other icons behind me relate to other choices I made throughout the exhibition. Apparently I identify most with Princess Leia (which is lovely but a little poignant with the recent sad news about Carrie Fisher), and my boyfriend identified most with Han Solo, which made me smile. Match made in heaven, right? Or at least in a galaxy far, far away…

So in short, you need to take any Star Wars fans in your life to this exhibition if you can. They can create their own Star Wars character, come within breathing distance of some truly iconic costumes from the films, and geek out surrounded by fellow nerds. We heard one man arguing with his son for about five minutes about one of the types of plane on display…that’s some dedication that you’d be willing to argue with your child in public about it…

Grab yourself a lightsaber and get yourself to Greenwich, young Padawan…

  • I love this!! I went to a similar exhibition in New York last year. They didn’t have anything about the identities, though, it was a tour of all of the props and costumes, which were amazing to see. I love the identities aspect of the one you went to see. I loved the storm trooper costumes! I just saw Rogue One for the second time over the weekend and I loved it.

  • very cool!

    • Sophie

      It was SO cool-and I say that as someone who isn’t even a mega Star Wars nerd…