Wapping:audio has been created by a group of international theatre makers, with an interest in walking through cities and the stories areas invite by their history, location and environment. The artists alternated between uncovering the existing history of this part of the docklands and creating their own through writing stories, staging a wake, talking to the people who live in the area and guiding tourists from the records of their walks.
Co-Creators: Matt Ball, Katie Day and Elyssa Livergant
Sound Designer: Catherine Seymour
Graphic Designer: Nick Wood
Voice Artists: Dani Machancoses, Claire Houlton, Diana Barber, Vi Newman
Original music: Mark Day
Cultural Industries Development Agency, Tower Hamlets Council, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Central School of Speech and Drama, and Workspace Group.
Many thanks to:
The Wapping Trust, Wapping Bangladeshi Association, Wapping Pensioners Group, Ric Watts, Lowri James, Tzina Sotiropoulou, Toby Clarke, and all those who tested the various versions.
Wapping:audio is funded by Arts Council England.
Wapping:audio is the first in a series of walks in regenerated urban industrial centres in other cities in the UK and around the world. Similar tours are being developed in Birmingham, Athens and Toronto. Contact Wapping:audio to discuss commissioning an audio tour of your area.
An academic paper about the making of the Wapping:audio project has been co-authored by the creators and Dr Jacky Tivers of Nottingham Trent University. The paper was presented at the Centre for Tourism & Cultural Change's Tourism and Performance Conference, 14-18 July 2005, Sheffield, UK. Click here to read the paper.
Wapping:audio have also presented papers at the Sensi/able Spaces: Space Art and the Environment conference at the University of Iceland in May 2006 and at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference in London in August 2006.