Revealing The Society of Lost Souls
REVIEW: THE SHORELY EXPERIENCED THE FIRST WEEKEND OF THE TALE. IN THIS INSTALLMENT, ARTS BLOGGER, ELLIE WOOLMAN, DISCOVERS THE SOCIETY OF LOST SOULS.
Each piece of The Tale, whether it be a live performance or installation, is completely innovative and offers a unique perspective on the local landscape. The works are rooted in Torbay’s history and are uncovered by participants as the journey unfolds. It is extraordinary to experience something so phenomenally unique on our doorstep. It’s a day of discovery and exploration and provides curiosity and interest for people of all ages, local or not.
One of the most interesting installations for me, was The Society of Lost Souls, based at Torquay Museum at the very start of The Tale. This piece prepares the audience for the diversity of work they will encounter throughout the rest of their journey.
Plunged into darkness, and met by an eccentric tour guide in a long duster coat, The Society of Lost Souls takes the audience through Philip Hoare’s extraordinary imagination - a writer who is curious about the world, but has an especially deeply rooted love for Torquay from his childhood holidays exploring the area.
This installation at Torquay Museum consists of a new sculpture by Jonathan Anderson, the Dark Star - a glittering wonder, as if it has landed from another planet - displays from David Bowie’s ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’, classic oil on canvas, like Pieter Bruegel the Elder ‘The Fall of Icarus’ and works from Oscar Wilde and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
It’s an explosion of bizarre artefacts displayed in a hectic yet masterful manner, with a backdrop of atmospheric lighting and alien-like sounds. Is this a rare doorway into Hoare's creative mind? A fantastic beginning to The Tale.
The Tale is an adventurous immersive arts trail. It will be live for just three weekends in September (8-10, 15-17, 22-24), never to be seen again. Book tickets Under 16s go free!