TIFT’s Immersive Theatrical Experience, The Curious Voyage, to open in Toronto

Top talent, mystery locations, unexpected scenes and a secret musical

November 8, 2018

Cast of Secret Musical in London, UK – Photo by Claudia Brookes 2018

On the heels of a triumphant premiere in London, UK, Talk Is Free Theatre’s The Curious Voyage, the innovative audience-specific immersive theatrical experience, will transfer to Toronto in spring 2020. The upcoming version of The Curious Voyage will offer two-day and one-day experience options created especially and uniquely for each individual patron, whereby who they are or what they each bring to the journey will influence the artistic outcome.

“It happened! We nurtured a seed of an idea for The Curious Voyage, into the remarkable success and extraordinary reviews we’ve achieved in London. I’m thrilled we will be transferring the experience and redeveloping it specifically for Toronto,” says Arkady Spivak, TIFT’s Artistic Producer. “Building on my concept, the successful site-specific practice of director Mitchell Cushman and the audience-specific work of creator and director Daniele Bartolini, along with some of the best and most reputed Canadian and British artists, we’ve created an immersive theatrical experience on a scale truly not seen before.”

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.

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.” – The 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

The Curious Voyage was made possible with the generous support of: The Ontario Trillium Foundation, The Sarjeant Company, Brock Medical Malpractice Law, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Bruce Grey Simcoe, Downtown Barrie, The City of Barrie, RT07, Tourism Simcoe County, Aerarium Group, County of Simcoe, Ontario Arts Council, Bayfield Mall, Joan & Robert Gilroy, and Terrence V. Coughlin.


Media contact:

Michele Newton

Director of Communications


Feature photo by Claudia Brookes of Michael Torontow and Glynis Ranney