About the project
An interactive theatrical journey where the world is a stage and you are a player
RSC Poet in residence, Aoife Mannix, has been running creative writing workshops and story telling activities in Camden to inspire work to be included in the Adelaide Road project. These have been taking place in the Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre, Kentish Town Library, Swiss Cottage Library, Chalk Farm Library and the Charlie Ratchford Centre for Camden residents aged 60+. Using Shakespeare's As You Like It as inspiration, we are creating a journey along the road in seven stages. This echoes the seven ages of man described in As You Like It's most famous monologue 'All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players.'
The Live Show
On Saturday 14 May at 2pm audiences will collect their tickets from Hampstead Theatre before embarking on their journey down Adelaide Road. You will be guided by Touchstone, a very twenty first century fool, as well as stewards. Along the way you will meet various characters including Rosie who has come to Adelaide Road to search for the father she's never met. You will be asked to play games either on paper or on your iphone through a specially designed app. As a reward for playing a game, you are given a letter that helps you progress on your journey. You need to collect at least three of these letters in order to receive your invitation from Touchstone. This invitation admits you to the wedding party, which takes place at the end of the show in the Adelaide Nature Reserve.
The iPhone App
This allows you to play the games and collect virtual letters. It also lets you listen to recordings of stories/poems written by participants and Aoife that are thematically linked to each of the seven stages of your journey. In addition you can listen to the 'Red Letter' scenes that are also included in the live performance. This means that the iPhone app can be enjoyed both during and after the live performance whether you are physically on Adelaide Road or not.
The Website Map
This is a specially designed map of Adelaide Road where you can click on markers to hear both the 'Red Letter' scenes of the main story and other recordings of stories/poems inspired by the project.
This shows the development of the project as a work in progress. There are entries from Aoife with examples of her writing for the show as it develops. There are also entries after each workshop explaining how work was generated and giving examples of what participants have written. In addition, there are guest bloggers and spotlights on different aspects of the show. For example senior archivist Tudor Allen talking about the use of the Camden archives as inspiration for creative writing for the project. We encourage people to comment on the blog and post their own writing inspired by it.
To read the blog click here