To go travelling often takes a rather large leap of faith, especially to go on your own. It took me two trips away before I worked up the courage to board a plane with only myself for company, and time and time again I see so many people letting this dream slip away from them because their travel partner isn’t ready, or work is getting busy, or some other convenient excuse.
People often ask me what my biggest piece of advice is to those thinking about travel, and that is ‘Book your flights and buy your visa, as soon as possible. That way there’s no backing out.’
Cartography is a play by Flickbook Theatre about a girl named Sarah. Her heart has a set number of beats left and she works in a map shop previously belonging to her late father. She dreams of exploring the world, but is afraid to risk putting pressure on her already weak heart. She meets a boy named John and slowly becomes filled with resolve to travel the world with him – starting with Scafell Pike.
Sarah’s story takes us through all the emotions a traveller will feel at some point – excitement at leaving; wonder at what you’ll see; disappointment at plan changes; resignation that it’s just all a silly dream; determination that it will happen; inner peace that you did it; and finally guilt, when you realise that you should be treating your life at home as though it’s a wonderful adventure too, rather than running away.
I went to see Cartography at my favourite theatre space in Sheffield – Moor Deli of course. Using light, sound, string, blankets, a toy phone, a projector, two step ladders and some wonderful songs, Flickbook Theatre delicately tell Sarah’s story in one of the best immersive theatre experiences I’ve ever had.
It’s perfect for beginners – I think immersive theatre can sound scary, but Cartography involves the audience without being intimidating whatsoever.
Cartography is ultimately about being the hero in your own life and taking the lead. It had me doubled over in hysterics and at other times I had tears making their merry way down my face.