Explore Cornwall with Kneehigh’s New ‘Walk With Me’ Story App
Renowned world-wide for exceptional story-telling, Cornish based Kneehigh has launched, Walk With Me, an immersive story walking app, constructed around GPS triggered audio narratives, which takes listeners to the very heart of Cornwall. The official launch will take place on Sunday 16 July from 2 to 5pm at Newquay Rowing Club with writer Anna Maria Murphy and Kneehigh company members sharing the stories gathered from local people.
Enter the mysterious and wonderful world of Wild Cornwall with this free to download app and delight in lively, funny and intriguing tales that have been collected across the county and can be enjoyed in the comfort of your home or out and about while exploring villages and towns in Cornwall.
Inspired by the company’s Rambles programme, Kneehigh Associate Artist, poet and writer Anne Marie Murphy began walking roads less travelled collecting stories and memories of people she met along the way. From the rather particular pasty seller to the disgruntled surfer, these real-life stories have been shaped and embellished into amusing and informative dramatic dialogues and performed by Kneehigh company members, allowing the listener to enjoy a living landscape through rich and vivid story telling.
Anna Maria Murphy, Kneehigh Associate Artist said, ‘The stories on the “Walk with Me” app, aren’t ones you will find in the guide or history books. You may find the beginnings of them in an old photograph in a local museum, an over heard conversation in a café, a personal anecdote from one our tale gathering tea-parties. They are the untold, the personal, the sometimes wildly exaggerated, but sometimes not.’
Charlotte Bond, General Manager of Kneehigh and Director of Rambles said ‘You can use the app when you are out on a walk to hear stories collected in the particular place you are visiting. Local legends, gossip, it’s like walking with local story tellers. It uses GPS so when you reach a particular place you’ll hear a particular story. It’s a great new way to explore familiar and unfamiliar towns and villages across Cornwall or to revisit ones you think you know.’
Walk With Me features story walks for Perranporth, Mevagissey and Newquay and new walks will be released for Helston, Redruth and Bodmin. It is available for iOS and Android technology through the App Store and Google Play.
For further information, go to www.kneehigh.co.uk, and watch one of the featured stories below!
AnnaMaria Murphy is a long term member of Kneehigh Theatre latterly as a writer, (Tristan and Ysuelt, The Bacchae with Carl Grose and Red Shoes, to name a few). Amongst others, Theatre Alibi, cscape dance, BBC Radio 4, Rogue Theatre, Salt Road and Red Letter Days with musicians, Bagas Degol. She is currently lead artist on Kneehighs Ramble programme and continues to walk the road less travelled gathering stories .She co runs The Story Republic , part of KEAP.
Walk With Me has been created in collaboration with Cornwall One Parent Support, Treviglas School, Bodmin College, Sithney Green Senior Girl Guides, Why Don’t You, Mevagissey Museum, Newquay Heritage Archive, Bodmin Town Museum, Helston Museum and King Edward Mine.
The project has been partly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cornwall Council and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
For 35 years Kneehigh have created vigorous, popular and challenging theatre, with a joyful anarchy. They have performed everywhere from village halls to castles, disused quarries to conventional stages all over the world.
From breath-taking barns in Cornwall they create theatre of humanity on an epic and tiny scale. Led by Mike Shepherd, they work with an ever-changing bunch of talented and like-minded performers, artists, makers and musicians and are passionate about the creative process.
The Asylum, a beautiful nomadic structure, is home to theatre, fun and good old-fashioned Kneehigh knees-ups. The annual pop-up is taking a rest this year but will be back in 2018. Alongside major productions and tours the company also run the Kneehigh Rambles – fun adventures and magical events with communities in Cornwall and beyond.