Stories don’t come from nowhere. They are products of local people, local environment, and local culture. They grow and change just as people and places do. A story can capture the culture of a place like no other medium.
For Cornish theatre company Kneehigh, stories are lifeblood. And in 2018 they released a brilliant (and totally free!) app that means everyone can experience their Cornish stories like never before. Whether you’re on holiday in Cornwall, remembering a past trip to the Cornish coast, or simply want a free thing to do on a rainy day, this new app may be the answer.
Walk with Me features delightful, funny and often moving stories that have been collected across Cornwall, then reimagined – and in some cases wildly exaggerated – by Kneehigh.
The free app is the first of its kind in the UK, and lets people listen to the stories whilst walking and exploring villages and towns in Cornwall. There’s also an ‘armchair mode’ that means you can listen from the comfort of your own home.
The app has six separate walks each with its own collection of stories. The locations include Newquay, Perranporth, Mevagissey, Bodmin, Helston, and the historic mining district of The Great Flat Lode. It uses GPS so when you reach a particular place you’ll hear a particular story. Walking boots are advised but most have routes that are accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
It’s a terrific thing to do if you’re in Cornwall on holiday. You can to hear stories collected in the particular place you are visiting. Stuffed with urban legends and gossip, it’s like walking with local story tellers. It’s a great new way to discover familiar and unfamiliar towns and villages across Cornwall or to revisit ones you think you know.
The stories, which have been brought to life by Kneehigh artists, young people and Dawn French, feature all sorts of characters and tales from a rather particular pasty seller to a disgruntled surfer.