In a secret location near Salisbury Playhouse, All The Journeys I Never Took is an immersive spoken word show for one or two audience members at a time. With the cityscape framed, the audience become a voyeur to the bustle around. Here we take the time to be, to listen, to let our senses roam. A personal story emerges. A story that explores what it is like to leave behind the middle man – lover, father, priest – & discover our place in the world. A space that echoes with unravelling journeys, break ups, first dates, family, confidences. Here we ask the audience to take an active role. Here we mutter poems of love, of loss, of the human. The city provides our actors & backdrop. Here the everyday is elevated. Told through interactive theatre, text and objects, this immersive journey explores the individual’s connection to the whole and art as provocation & event.
Writer and performer Rebecca Tantony tells us a little more about the production:
What inspired All the Journeys I Never Took?
It sprung from a seed; from conversations over coffee and the desire to co-create work with the brilliant women around me. It came from political frustration.
Why did it feel important to deliver the show to one person at a time?
I think the explosion of poetry in the mainstream and its increase in popularity means live performance is offered to bigger audiences. I am interested in how to capture the personal intensity of a performance where you feel like it is just ‘for you’. The team wanted to explore ways in which we could do that through a one on one delivery.
What has been the audience response?
People seemed extremely affected by it and we have had comments including ‘Theatre so rarely makes me feel moved or like it was made directly for me.’ And ‘Gracious, ecstatically loved up, in awe. I’ll remember that for the rest of my life.’
All The Journeys I Never Took is performed in a secret location near Salisbury Playhouse on Saturday 18 February 2017 as part of Theatre Fest West. This show is performed to 1 or 2 audience members at a time and there will be FREE 30 minute performance slots available between 12pm-2pm and 3pm-6pm. Bookings can be made via the Ticket Office on 01722 320333 from 1 February 2017.
Writer & Performer | Rebecca Tantony
Director | Raquel Meseguer
Designer | Synnøve Fredericks
Producer | Lucy English