After a critically acclaimed season at the Flight Path Theater and a huge comeback season at the Sydney Fringe, Ponydog Productions (Hotel Luna/”>Bella Luna) brings TattleTales, the immersive tarot tale show, to Melbourne for the very first time at Bard’s Apothecary from October 7-15.
In this all-new iteration of the popular experience, up to 25 spectators per show will venture underground into a candle-lit cavern to meet the enigmatic storyteller, who will guide them through a 60-minute interactive adventure. No two performances – and no two stories – will be identical.
Part campfire-style storytelling and part choose-your-own-adventure, participants draw tarot cards that influence their story in unforeseen ways — but they can also use these cards to determine how the story unfolds. Chance and agency collide as the audience collaborates to construct a tale together.
“There’s magic in storytelling, and I wanted to do something that let you experience that magic in its most basic form,” said Davey Seagle, Founder of Ponydog Productions, “There’s a moment in every show where you can feel the audience realizing how much power they have over the story, that there are no wrong answers, and that it’s all a game. It’s exhilarating.
The show premiered at Sydney’s Flight Path Theater in late 2021, where it was met with rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. The experience is a perfect evening of fun, but also one that young adults will love. And no need to worry if you’re new to this sort of thing – it’s introvert friendly.
Creators Davey Seagle and Lachlan Ruffy will both reprise their role as storyteller, rotating the role each night.
Producer Aaron Cornelius, Production Designers Phoenix Mae, Alloquois Callaway-Hoilman and Amy Jackson, and Technical Designer Sophie Parker round out the team that brings this magical production to life.
TattleTales – Immersive Candlelight Tarot Card Storytelling
October 7-15, 8 p.m., 9:45 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Where: Bard’s Apothecary, Shop 7, 24 Crossley St, Melbourne
Suitable for: 12 years and up
Tickets: $28 – $35
Running time: about 60 minutes, without interval
Reservations: TattleTales | Melbourne Fringe