THE SEVENTH TRAVELLER
... multi-disciplinary collaborative project
THE SEVENTH TRAVELLER was part ghost story – part mystery – part online game – part history walk. An event fusing literature, audio, film and art created by a multi-disciplinary group of local talents.
Readers at the Dickens Festival.
“Rochester is purgatory and for one night of the year you have a get out of hell free card – if you can get into the Six Poor Travellers House.” A multimedia event very vaguely inspired by Charles Dickens’ ‘The Seven Poor Travellers’.
Seven writers collaborated on the project, each telling the story of a different character, the stories were linked together through a series of online clues.
We performed extracts from the project at the Dickens Festival 2010. Our readers are pictured reading extracts from ‘The Legend of Swift Nick’ a short play by Sam Hall. Swift Nick Nevison was a gentleman and a highwayman. He rode 200 miles in one day from Gads Hill to York, a feat wrongly attributed to Dick Turpin. In this extract, Dick Turpin and Nick Nevison are arguing in a bar.
Comments from the audience included ‘inspirational’, ‘interesting’ and 'brilliant level of research', ‘like Radio 4 but better’!
Project member Roy Smith also created a downloadable audio walk for the project.
Online project repository:
This project is now finished, but you can see some more images from the project and download a pdf with extracts to read from the address below. You can also find a link to the audio walk.