A DIGITAL AUDIO THEATRE EXPERIENCE
(EXP)LORE YOUR WORLD. Experience lore.
(exp)lore is a fiction anthology podcast to be enjoyed in the community while social distancing. These site-specific stories take an imaginative dive into the past and future of Calgary’s inner city. Each episode immerses the audience in a rich audio play while they explore the world through a new lens.
Episode 1: The Folly
by Madeline Hunter Smith
The Folly is a dark and thrilling tale of finding, and losing, oneself. A brilliant mix of suburban gothic and cosmic horror, the story follows Winslow, who's recently moved to a chic inner-city neighbourhood in the big city from her farm town. After exploring a seemingly-abandoned ruin site while walking her neighbour's dog, Winslow discovers that her world is not all it seems to be...
The Folly, Rideau Park, Calgary SW
You should be listening to this episode at Deadman’s Castle, a ruin site in the Rideau Park neighbourhood of Calgary’s Southwest. The closest address is: 3625 4 Street SW, Calgary, AB (near the Southern Alberta Pioneers Memorial Building) . If you’re facing the gate of the pioneer building, there’s a bike path to your right just past the row of pine trees. Stay on this path until it bends to the left. There’s a fork in the path, keep left and after a few more steps you’ll find a park bench. This is the location! It’s about a 2-minute walk west 4th street SW.
HINT: Read the writing on the wall and find the foundation slab if you can...
Andrew G. Cooper is a Canadian director, playwright, and now podcast creator and producer. As a director and theatre artist, Andrew’s focus is on the creation of new works with a particular emphasis on interdisciplinary art and storytelling through non-verbal mediums such as movement, puppetry, mask, and stage combat. Andrew is the Artistic Producer of Jupiter Theatre in Calgary, Alberta and a lover of speculative fiction. They’re so excited to jump into the world of podcasts and explore this new medium.
Kyle is overjoyed to be part of this fantastic opportunity to combine his traditional community theatre experience over the last six years (principally with Morpheus Theatre in Calgary – Princess Ida, HMS Pinafore, Iolanthe, Pirates of Penzance) with his podcasting and voice acting experiences (Tavern Tales, Tavern Tales Junior, The Glass Appeal, Flight Risk, Fan Girls). Kyle is relatively new to the whole acting thing, but is always up for every challenge. Kyle especially loves the opportunity to play the supernatural.
Madeline Hunter Smith is a performer, deviser, and award-winning playwright based in Mohkínstsis/Calgary, Alberta. Madeline is also a two-time recipient of the Play Right Prize for her plays Carnaticum (2018) and Silica (2019), and has worked with Alberta Playwright’s Network and RBC as part of the Emerging Playwright Mentorship Program. Madeline currently uses her personal artistic practice to explore the fundamental experiences of female-identifying people through writing and devising high-fantasy horror for the stage and other media.
Andrew G. Cooper
Madeline Hunter Smith
KiKi Young was born with the artist spirit and loved performing from a very young age. She wants to emerge into the theatre community while focusing on the influencing power of authentic storytelling. Select credits include: VOICE OVER You & the Law in a Cantonese Radio Station TV JANN, A Fortunate Son, Heartland; FILM Winter in Vail, If We Spoke, The Katabasis THEATRE The Watch, Miracle Man, Two from Galilee. KiKi Young is excited to build her new family in the arts community through her work with (exp)lore.
Kiana is a Chinese-Canadian actor, mover and creator with a special love for clown, physical theatre, and classical works. She’s delighted to be a part of the (exp)lore podcast series as an actor. In her off time, she enjoys playing the ukulele, thrifting and searching for exciting snacks. She sends endless thanks to her friends and family who constantly shower her with love and support in this wild career.
Andrew G. Cooper
Production and Technical Director