From Barrie, Ont. to London, U.K., this play stars you...and you won't know what's about to happen
'You're not there to receive the narrative but you're there to act'
We like our immersive theatre here at CBC Arts, and we've covered a few of these atmospheric stagings in the past, including DopoLavoroTeatrale's Off-Limits Zone that took place on the shores of Toronto. Now, Artistic Director Daniele Bartolini and Barrie's Talk is Free Theatre have upped the ante dramatically by creating an audience-specific experience called The Curious Voyage that begins in Barrie, Ontario and ends in London, U.K. So of course, we had to go along for the ride.
Watch the video:
In this video made by filmmaker (and willing audience participant) James Cooper, you get a glimpse at a few of the scenes that unfolded during the three-day drama. They include getting a little lost in London, committing murder and bearing witness to an urban performance of Sweeney Todd (directed by Mitchell Cushman). Jet lag aside, we're all a little upset we didn't go as a team.
Listen, not everybody can physically (or financially) handle a transcontinental flight for an audience-specific immersive piece of theatre. And that's part of why The Curious Voyage will be staged in Toronto in Spring 2020! Keep up with the news here.