To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the City of Victoria, Intrepid Theatre has commissioned four short, site specific audio plays for “solo audience member” and mp3 player, that will guide the listener through the city’s historic streets, alleys, parks and buildings. Its free, and you decide when to begin.
How it Works
Download Press>Play MP3s to your personal audio player using the links below, or look for a sign near the starting point with the headphone symbol, and scan the QR Code on the sign with your smart phone. Headphones are recommended, as are daylight hours.
To download any of the links below, right-click the link with your mouse, save it to your desktop, and load it on to your player via your preferred platform (ie. iTunes) as you would with a music file. Don’t start listening until you arrive at the starting point for the play.
MP3 Players and headphones are available for loan from Intrepid Theatre (#2, 1609 Blanshard at Fisgard). For more information and hours, please call 250-383-2663. The loan is free, but you will be asked to leave a piece of picture ID, which will be returned when you return the player.
If you’d like to experience all four plays at once, the recommended order is A>D (see site map below). The full walk will take about 2 hours. Individual plays are 15-25 minutes each.
The Audio Plays
A> The Meeting Place
by Launch Pad Productions (15 minutes)
An adventure where you are the main character, from the creators of “Tara Firm & the Lunar War Chronicles.” The place: Beacon Hill Park. Your assignment: retrieve a stolen package, code named Chang-O.
>Begins in Beacon Hill Park at the old bandstand near the big stone bridge. Please note: this play is available with either a male or female narrator. It is recommended that you select your own gender to experience the play.
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B> Sounds and Visions
by Jackie Cade – 12 min
A young man begins to hear voices in Pioneer Square Park, which lead him on a journey filled with darkness and light. (Requires access to a public building – see website for hours of access).
>Begins at Pioneer Square Park entrance on corner of Meares and Quadra Street. (Note: Requires access to a public building. Hours Tues-Sat, 8:30-5:30)
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by Karen Lee Pickett – 25 min
An endless river of time eddies over a woman who waits for her beloved to join her in the heart of Victoria, while the city grows and changes around her.
>Begins outside 1002 Broad Street (Macchiato Caffe) at Broughton Avenue.
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D> Blink and You’ll Miss It
by Theatre SKAM – 20 min
A visitor seeks the home of his sister in the streets and alleys of Chinatown, and among the visible and invisible landmarks, sounds, and throngs of tourists, finds his way to a place of benevolence.
>Begins outside 506 Pandora near the Corner of Store Street, by Swans Pub/Hotel. Please note, there is no sign currently at this location.
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A> The Meeting Place (Beacon Hill Park.)
B> Sounds and Visions (Pioneer Square Park)
C> Static (Downtown Core)
D> Blink and You’ll Miss It (Chinatown)
Press>Play is produced by Intrepid Theatre as part of the Victoria 150 Celebrations in 2012. It is made possible by a 150 People and Places grant with the support of the Greater Victoria Spirit Committee in partnership with the City of Victoria, The Province of British Columbia, and the Department of Canadian Heritage.