You With Me is a personal, unique and totally different experience, taking participants on a journey through Exeter and guiding them on a playful adventure in which unexpected incidents cause familiar routes to be seen with fresh eyes.
What will develop through your 45 minute phone call is a very personal story, which you will position yourself at the centre of. The performance uses the backdrop of a highly populated built up city environment and is played out through the use of technology.
You With Me is the inaugural project from Kaleider, a producing engine for live performance in Exeter, funded by Arts Council’s 3 Year Strategic Investment for Theatre in Exeter. Written and directed by Kaleider’s Artistic Director, Seth Honnor, You With Me is a co-production with Reverb, a new theatre group made up of University of Exeter graduates interested in the exploration of space and location in theatre.
There’s an emergence of performance work that crosses the boundaries between real life participatory games, theatre and art. It sometimes gets described as “immersive” or “one to one”. It sometimes utilises digital technologies delivering content across multiple platforms. We find ourselves describing You With Me as a show – to be honest it’s because we haven’t yet found a better word to describe it and somehow the looseness of the word show seems helpful.
It’s playful but we wouldn’t call it a game. It’s performative but we wouldn’t call it theatre (probably). It’s filmic, a bit like a computer-game and it borrows from the structure of magic. But we wouldn’t call it a film, a computer game or a trick.
In our boldest moments we’d call it art.
Overall You With Me is about you, your place in the world and the world’s place in you. But it will be different for every audience member.
We’d love you to come back and tell us your answer to this question when you’ve done the show.
You need to be in a specific place in Exeter City Centre at the start of the show you booked your ticket for. You will need to bring your mobile phone, with enough battery life and credit for a 45 minute conversation (or we can lend you one). You will be sent information regarding the exact location in an email after purchasing your ticket. The email will also give you a number to call at the start of the show; we suggest you save this number in your phonebook.
You will be in a public space for the duration of the show; this means that there will be members of the public around you who are not involved in the show. You should behave as you would normally in a public space. This means you should be aware of your surroundings, and be responsible for your own safety as well as the safety of others around you. When crossing the road look right, left and right again. A bus is still a bus, if it hits you then you get hurt.
You With Me is an outdoor show, in winter. This means cold and wet weather are likely, and if the weather is bad the show will not be cancelled. The show is designed to adapt to the weather, so you will need to do this too. If it rains, wear a coat and you might want to bring an umbrella too. If it’s cold, wear enough clothes so that you can stay warm outside for the duration of the show.
In an extreme case of snow, when transport becomes difficult then we may be forced to cancel a specific date. We will contact you if this is the case. If we do not contact you then please assume the show will go ahead.
You will need to bring your mobile phone, with enough battery life and credit for a 45 minute conversation (or you we can lend you one). If your battery dies, you run out of credit, or you have sustained problems with phone signal; then the show will end and you will not be refunded. If you lose signal briefly, then just call back and the show will continue. It would be an advantage to use a handsfreekit, as this would enable you to move around the city more freely; however this is not essential.
After purchasing your ticket, you will be sent an email with further instructions; this will include a phone number. We suggest you save this number into your phonebook as you will be required to call it for the show to begin.
As you will be required to move around the city, and at some points during the show you might decide to run, we suggest you wear comfortable footwear. We also suggest you leave your bag at home - it will be easier to move around the city if you are not carrying anything. You may like to bring some money with you in case you decide to buy something to eat or drink duing the show.
The show requires you to move around the city centre whilst engaging in a phone call, and at some points you may be inclined to move fast. If you have a disability, illness or injury which affects your ability to move around the city, or communicate via a phone call then please email us to discuss access arrangements:
The show starts and ends in Bedford Square, in Exeter City Centre. Once you have chosen your date and time slot and purchased your ticket, you will be sent an email with further instructions and this will include an exact start location.
The show starts and ends in Bedford Square, in Exeter City Centre. Once you have chosen your date and time slot and purchased your ticket, you will be sent an email with further instructons and this will include an exact start location.
Tickets are available to buy online from this website. If you have any problems buying your ticket then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds.
The show will last for 45 minutes.
The conversation you have with me is private; I am the only person who will hear anything you choose to say during the show.
If you have a question we have not answered then please contact us via email: