Here’s a fabulous 8 minute clip on Gumshoe produced by WestCoast TV
Just Push Play’s AudioMotion debut was the 1990 production of GUMSHOE, written and directed by JPP’s Artistic Directors, George Bathgate and Craig Laven.
Elderly Art Deville, one time leading Vancouver architect, now pro-heritage lobbyist, has gone missing. Audience members, from Vancouver and from around the world, were delighted with the intrigue of playing Watson to JPP’s cassette Sherlocks. Equipped with a Walkman, a cassette tape and a file folder of information, listeners hit the streets and gumshoed their way through decaying Skid Row, restored Gastown and modern corporate downtown Vancouver.
Upon the cassette-detectives’ advice, listeners interviewed (and received clues from) shopkeepers in the area; remotely accessed Art Deville’s answering machine messages; searched through a post office box; and found and viewed a video cassette.
During this three hour AudioMotion exploration of downtown, listeners were presented with both sides of the local Heritage-Development struggle and were presented with the diverse array of Vancouver’s architectural styles (our true Art de ville). By the end of the play, participants had a heightened personal awareness of stylistic transition and an appreciation of Vancouver’s urban landscape. GUMSHOE ran April – October, 1990.