Save the date for UNSCRIPTED: Szepty/Whispers

A collage juxtaposes fragments from a family archive with fragments from the history of psychiatry.

An audio and text geolocation experience in partnership with The Cultch Digital Storytelling Team


Dates: September 27 – October 3, 2021

PTC’s Unscripted series brings playwrights, audiences, and the imagination together


Up for testing immersive digital art?
Interested in joining a conversation about mental health, language, and lineage?
Have a phone?
We want you!

In anticipation of Unscripted: Szepty/Whispers, curated by Veronique West with contributions from various collaborators, we’re seeking test audience members for the app-based experience of Szepty/Whispers: Dialogue, as part of our Unscripted series. If you are generally savvy with phones and apps, willing to visit at least two of our locations during the aforementioned event week, and are interested in the use of new digital platforms in the discussion around mental health, you are our ideal audience member!

With your phone that has access to data (if you do not have a phone with data, we have a limited amount you can book out*)  we will send out a map of locations throughout Vancouver where you can listen to an audio contribution from a Szepty/Whispers collaborator, exploring the relationship between mental health, language and lineage. Depending how you move around the location point, through the geolocation app, you may trigger more contributions. You are also welcome to contribute your own recording to that location, and access transcriptions of the audio via a QR code reader.

During the launch week of the Szepty/Whispers: Dialogue (September 27 – October 3rd, 2021) you can help us by: (1) After travelling to location(s) on your own time during the launch week, we’ll later email you an Unscripted: Szepty/Whispers feedback form to complete; and/or (2) Join us for some in-person testing, at a feedback party with some of the Unscripted: Szepty/Whispers team members at one of the sites (TBA dates and times). Duration of the experience can range from 10-15 minutes at each location. Your feedback through the feedback forms, or at the feedback parties, is integral to making this new digital experience (aesthetics, user friendliness etc) better.  Support the Szepty/Whispers team in the creation of this new and meaningful iteration of the show!

Interested? Then sign up here, or email us your full name and email address to, to get your official Unscripted: Szepty/Whispers invitation this September as a tester for the show.

Unscripted: Szepty/Whispers was conceptualized and curated by Veronique West, and features contributions from mia susan amir, Kagan Goh, Maya Jones, Constantin Lozitsky, Jivesh Parasram, Kendra Place, and Manuel Axel Strain. It is developed in collaboration with The Cultch Digital Storytelling Team (Kris Boyd, David Mesiha and Milton Lim), Sound Designer David Mesiha, Inclusive Designer JD Derbyshire, and Dramaturg Kathleen Flaherty.

What is Szepty/Whispers: Dialogue? Learn more here

*Unscripted phones will be bookable only during the feedback parties