When does memory become history, and when does history become heritage?
A 70-minute guided tour with slide show and video, Guided Tour was a promenade performance sited in a historic building, in which the role of the tour guide was used as a conduit for counter histories, philosophical musings, personal revelations, and downright lies; a provocative undermining of the form.
The history of the building was presented as an unstable narrative, prone to a variety of mediating influences which were carefully unpicked during the course of the performance. This was a tourist experience for the disenchanted, a quiet interrogation of the notion of the authentic and our thirst for the original.
Guided Tour was premiered at McEwan Hall at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2005, in association with the Traverse Theatre. Supported by the British Council.
There’s so much history around,
so many books,
There’s no space left for the present.
Or was it the other way round,
It’s all present, without any past?
(Guided Tour, final chapter)
For more information on the show’s creator Peter Reder, visit https://www.peter-reder.co.uk/
"“It's a tourist outing for deconstructionists”"
""Pick of the week""
"""Takes us down a fascinating road of cultural discovery""