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“Now from Canada comes Talk is Free Theatre’s The Curious Voyage, and on a grand scale that threatens to knock Punchdrunk off the top spot.” – Londonist

“Londoners may have seen a resurgence in immersive theatrical experiences recently, but Talk Is Free Theatre brings the concept to a whole new level with The Curious Voyage. * * * * ” – Broadway World UK

“There was no way I could say no to this project- a great role in a well-known (if secret) musical, an amazing team including site-specific genius Mitchell Cushman at the helm, and all of this in London, England. We were rehearsing the Toronto version of this when COVID-19 hit; I really hope we get to recreate the creepy, intense, glorious magic one day.” — Derek

A clandestine, intercontinental theatrical experience!
In The Curious Voyage, each patron is integrated as a protagonist in the story they are watching, rather than fulfilling the traditional functions of passive observers. Each patron ventures on the journey through many selected sites, beginning in Barrie, ON, starting on their own, only gradually becoming part of a group. They interact with strangers without knowing who is who – their fellow patron, an actor or a regular civilian totally unaware they are even part of this experiment. Eventually, patrons are led to a mystery site-specific location to watch a secret musical, complete with a stellar Canadian cast.

Talk Is Free Theatre presents:

The Curious Voyage (Mystery Musical)

October-November 2018
London, England

Jahlen Barnes, Tess Benger, A.J. Bridel, Izad Etemadi, Derek Kwan, Craig Lauzon, Mike Nadajewski, Glynis Ranney, Travis Seetoo, Michael Torontow

Director: Mitchell Cushman
Stage Manager: Melissa Cameron
Musical Director: Tara Litvack
Choreographer: Cameron Carver
Costume Designer: Alice Cousins
Set Designer: Joe Pagnan
Lighting Designer: Lucy Adams

This production was slated for a remount in Barrie/Toronto as part of TIFT’s Wow Collection in early 2020, however it was cancelled because of the emergence of COVID-19. Stay tuned for further incarnations of this fascinating project!

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