Lessons from the back streets of Torquay
REVIEW: THE SHORELY EXPERIENCED THE FIRST WEEKEND OF THE TALE. IN THIS INSTALLMENT, AWARD WINNING WRITER GINA CARO, AND HER KIDS, ARE GUIDED BY THE VOICES IN THEIR HEADS ACROSS THE BACK STREETS OF TORQUAY.
Every now and then you experience something that makes you stop and look at things a little differently. Something that makes you question everything you see around you. For me, it was The Tale and in particular, the guided back street tour from One Step At A Time Like This with a cast of young people from Torbay.
As you walk down the streets through the crowds of people... you smile. You are privy to a whole other world that they know nothing about. You are being guided by the voices in your headset. It takes you to another place. You're there but you're not. It makes you see things differently. It makes you stop and look at things that you would ordinarily walk right by. So busy with life that you become blind. Everyday things that have always been there but you've never noticed before. It's quite an emotive experience.
Some things you're not quite sure if it's been set up or it's just a coincidence. It makes you question everything around you. You'll find yourself starting to look for things. Has that sign on the wall always been there or has it been carefully placed there, all part of the experience? The guy in the wheelchair? The singer in the alley? The padlocks on the bridge? All coincidence or planned?
When the time came to give up the headset I was reluctant. I didn't want the magic to end. I wanted more. It's addictive. The world seemed different without it. Less interesting. It takes a while for you to process what you've just experienced.
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!