Travelling and storytelling centre on the same thing: moments of connection. To each other, ourselves and the world, uniting us like roots of a tree that when connected, flourish. But when disconnected, the tree deteriorates and the wood slowly decays. But all it takes is a spark to set that wood ablaze. The resulting fire then conspires to bring us together. The embers crackling like laughter.
– TravelTheatrics by Keara Barnes
One Woman. Eighteen characters. Seven countries. What do you get? A solo show featuring six true tales from across the globe, exploring everywhere from the mountains of Malaysia to the medinas in Morocco. TravelTheatrics is about moments of connection and how these can drastically affect our lives and outlook. It is a play about the pursuit of passion, confidence and ultimately how everyone has a story to tell. TravelTheatrics had their premiere run at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival in July 2018 followed by a successful run at the Havana Theatre in September 2018 as part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival.
TravelTheatrics is currently available for touring at various secondary schools around the lower mainland. The one hour solo show is ideal for ages twelve and up. Solo performer Keara Barnes, alongside sound designer and touring stage manager CJ McGillivray, is excited to continue sharing her story with young people in the community. If you are an educator who is interested in bringing TravelTheatrics to your school, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Written and performed by Keara Barnes, directed by Melissa Oei with sound design by CJ McGillivray, lighting consultation by Jono Kim, graphic design by Christina Lehn and photography by Amy Ruttan and Jonathan Ishikawa.
A splendid storytelling and theatrical adventure, cleverly bookended and the cheapest world tour you are ever gonna get.
– The Visitorium
A passionate and playful epic poem… [it] will transport you on a rollicking ride across continents without ever leaving the theatre.
– Lillian Jasper, Two Cents & Two Pence