Post by Nicole Milne, Associate Producer for Tale of a Town.
By now most of you have heard about The Tale of a Town, the unique (and uniquely Canadian) multi-media performance piece generated from real life stories told by local residents in cities all across the country. The Ottawa contingent is in full creation mode, and the producers, directors and artists are working around the clock to create the live theatre piece that will be presented at mystery locations all across the city, in 3 different neighbourhoods, from Dec 4 to 6.
We caught up with one of the actors in the play, Ottawa’s Emily Pearlman, who works across disciplines as a writer, performer, director and dramaturg. Earlier this month she parked The Tale of a Town storymobile on various main streets in Wellington West and went about gathering stories for the project. Here’s a good one:
We were curious to know what kind of an experience the storytelling was for Emily, and the discoveries she made.
Q: Emily, who would you consider was the most interesting person you spoke with during the story gathering, and why?
Emily: I particularly enjoyed chatting with Annie Hillis who used to be involved with the Wellington BIA – this is what she said: ”When things are provided too much for you, then the neighbourhood has no vacuum to fill, and the reason this area is so successful is because they had to fill those vacuums, and that made a much stronger neighbourhood … we had to work harder together.” To me, that speaks also to the spirit of the project. We are making this show quickly, using available light, so everyone is jumping in feet first.
Name one surprising fact you learned about your neighbourhood that most people might not know about.
That when the bagel shop moved in to Wellington West, real estate prices jumped something like 10% overnight. I don’t know if it is urban lore or what, but more than a few people mentioned it!
The performances are taking place in a mystery location to be revealed the night of the show. Using only 3 words as clues, can you give us a few hints?
Plentiful, Canadian, Chairs!
Ottawa, how well do you know Wellington West?
While creating the performance piece, The Tale of a Town cast and creative team have learned a lot about the nation’s capital and its rich and vibrant history. How do you measure up?
We are giving away 2 tickets to The Tale of a Town Ottawa! To enter, send your answer to the trivia question below to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Tale of a Town” by 3 pm Wednesday, December 3. The winners will be picked by random draw.
Which famous pub in Ottawa’s Wellington West neighbourhood hosts a free Christmas dinner with live music, rides to and from, and even meal delivery to the community?
Hintonburg Public House
The Carleton Tavern
The Elmdale House Tavern
The Royal Oak
The Tale of a Town runs two shows daily from December 4 – 6 in mystery locations in three Ottawa neighbourhoods: Wellington West (Dec 4), Orleans (Dec 5) and Downtown (Dec 6). Tickets are $20 and available online.