Presented by Sarah Peters & Tiffany Lyndall-Knight
"You're following little yellow arrows across a country, which is kind of crazy".
In 2016, playwright Sarah Peters walked the Camino de Santiago, an 800-kilometre hike across Northern Spain that has been travelled by pilgrims for centuries.
She went to discover the stories of other adventurers - but she also had to confront her own. Drawn from encounters with real people walking ‘The Way’, Blister explores what happens when daily life is reduced to a 10 kilo pack, a pair of boots, and a series of yellow arrows pointing you in the right direction…most of the time.
Q & A with Sarah Peters
Why did you decide to walk the Camino de Santiago?
I had heard about the Camino many years ago, and at that time it seemed completely beyond something that I would ever be capable of doing. Then I heard about it again, and saw the film ‘The Way’, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The idea of going stuck in my mind, both as an amazing adventure and personal challenge, but also as a place where there would be people from all over the world with amazing stories that might make an interesting play. I was walking with my sister one day when I said ‘I’ve got this idea about doing this big long walk in Spain, and writing a play about it’…and while I remember she was a little nervous for me, she also encouraged me and I thought ‘ok, maybe I can do this’. I wasn’t really a big walker at that time, so I set myself a training program that started with walking 5kms a day, six days a week. The next month it was 6kms, then 8kms, then 10kms…until the month before I left for Spain I was walking 18-21kms a day six days a week. I was finishing my PhD at the same time, so it was a great balance between physical activity and the more sedentary aspects of writing.
What was the biggest challenge of your journey?
There were so many challenges, how can I pick one! They’re mostly included in the play, but I’d say the first day was an incredible physical challenge walking through the French Pyrenees, and the days of non-stop rain were pretty intense too.
Why did you decided to share your story on the stage?
I had always intended to write a play about this experience, but I didn’t really know what form that play might take, or how much my own story would be included. The central protagonist in Blister, Rosie, is based primarily on my experience with a bit of creative licence taken here and there. The play is not so much about her as it is about the people she meets, the stories that were shared, and the humanity she experienced. For me personally, walking the Camino was an incredible experience that has made me see the world and myself a little differently, and that’s part of what I hope to achieve in telling this story through theatre.
What was your favourite part (from the journey or bringing to the theatre)?
I loved everything about the rhythm of the Camino, and it is that rhythm that I hope to share in the play as well. Instead of taking a week off at the end of the trip I instead chose to go to Portugal and walk an extra 100kms on the Camino Portuguese – so I guess that’s a testament to the fact that my favourite part of the Camino was everything about the Camino.
My favourite part so far of bringing the experience and stories of the Camino to the theatre has been hearing other people read the words of the play out loud. I get the thrill of remembering the story in my memory, the joy of hearing someone express the emotion I have written, and the opportunity to hear the story anew through the unique interpretation that each actor brings. I can’t wait to dive into rehearsals and see the team bring this story to life!
About Sarah Peters
Sarah Peters is a playwright, theatre practitioner and Lecturer in Drama at Flinders University. Her plays engage with communities to tell the shared stories of experience, such as women living with Alopecia in bald heads & blue stars (2014), young people navigating mental health and wellbeing in twelve2twentyfive (2013, 2015) and growing up in small rural towns in Eternity (2017). Sarah’s practice includes facilitating collaboratively devised performance projects, most recently with D’faces of Youth Arts in Whyalla. As a practice-led researcher Sarah explores the process, method and impact of theatre practice, and her research has been published in Australasian Drama Studies, International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing and Drama Australia.
About Tiffany Lyndall Knight
Tiffany recently appeared in Hydra with Queensland Theatre and the State Theatre Company of South Australia. She has performed Emily Steel’s award-winning play 19 weeks at the 2018 Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth Fringe Festivals. The production won Adelaide Theatre Guild Curtain Call Awards for Best Professional Drama and Best Professional Female Performer. It also won the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Overall Best Theatre Award, a weekly John Chataway Innovation Award, and was a finalist for two South Australian Ruby Awards. Tiffany has performed with theatre companies across Canada, including Vancouver’s Stanley Theatre (Amadeus, Communicating Doors), Manitoba Theatre Centre (Three Tall Women) and eight seasons with Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival (King Lear, Love’s Labours Lost, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Henry IV, I, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Henry V). On screen, she has appeared in many lead and recurring roles, including Battlestar Galactica, Stargate SG-1, Wanted, ANZAC Girls and Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures. Her directing credits include Gone Viral (Freerange Theatrix/DreamBIG Festival), Man in a Bag (Polygraph Collective), Charming and Rose: True Love (Vancouver Fringe) and The Crucible (Flinders University Drama Centre). Tiffany was awarded a PhD in Theatre from Flinders University in 2018, and was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. She is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.
Camino de Santiago
The Camino de Santiago is also known in English as the 'Way of Saint James'. It is a series of pilgrims' ways leading to the shrine of Saint James the Great in north western Spain. The most popular route is the 'French Way' starting in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in southern France. It follows a 800 km route to its final stop in Santiago de Compostela and takes on average 35 days to complete.
Many pilgrims follow the route as a form of spiritual path or retreat. The way is marked by yellow arrows and scallop shells to point travelers in the right direction. Over 300,000 people completed the journey in 2018 with travelers being given pilgrim passport that they can get stamped along the way to gain access to 'albergues', a form of public hostel where they can stay for the night.
Duration: 70 Mins
Dates: 31 July - 3 August 2019
31 July; 1-3 August - 7:00pm
2 August - 1:00pm
3 August - 2:00pm
High School Student: $18.00
Companion Card holders welcome.
Venue: The Studio
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