Three years in the making with over 100 people across the Bay; The Tale is an epic journey of art, performance and sound installations from Torquay to Paignton and ending in Brixham. The Shorely were invited to the dress rehearsal, as one of the first groups of locals to experience this immersive trail. We spoke to Director, Claire Doherty about what audiences can expect and here we exclusively provide the first glimpses of the journey.
The Tale began when writer Philip Hoare revisited the bay remembering his boyhood and teenage holidays with a soundtrack from Bowie to Bryan Ferry. Philip began to delve deeper into the stories, people and places of the bay. The characters that came to bathe in the waters at the turn of the century, the mysterious objects and discoveries of the ancient caves, the quarries and hidden coves, one of the first purpose built picture houses in Europe, and remarkable creatures in the deep waters. Philip then wrote a text - rather like a love letter to Torbay - which then became the inspiration for the 12 artists and performers who have made works especially for The Tale.
Visitors to The Tale start at Torquay Museum and are invited to take a guided journey across Torquay, Paignton and Brixham to Berry Head, accompanied by Philip’s words in a small guidebook and encountering artworks and performances as they go. Many of the works and performances have been devised with young people from Torbay and their voices and sound recordings act as a soundtrack to the experience.
One very special installation is a new immersive sound experience in the quarry at Berry Head. World renowned sound recordist to David Attenborough, Chris Watson, has worked with young people through local arts project Sound Communities to create a mesmerising sound experience which gives you the chance to hear sounds as if standing on the ocean floor.
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!