Last year, we had the pleasure of seeing PostSecret: The Show at the Firehall Arts Centre which is making a return to Vancouver on February 17th. This production brings to life one of the most popular blogs in the world PostSecret.com. If you are unfamiliar with this blog, in November 2004, US artist, Frank Warren, created a viral movement when he printed 3,000 self-addressed postcards and handed them out to people on the streets and asked them to mail their secrets to his home in Washington, DC. The secrets were anonymous and the secret they shared could be regret, fear, betrayal, desire, a confession or childhood humiliation. Postsecret.com is now one of the most visited advertisement-free blogs in the world with over 700 million visitors from all over the world.
On February 17th Vancouver’s TJ Dawe along with other Vancouver collaborators Kahlil Ashanti and Justin Sudds bring the show back to Vancouver. This is truly an innovative project that pushes the boundaries of crowd-sourced storytelling, combining intimate live performance with secrets from around the globe. Part of the aim of the production is to show you that you are not alone. When you hear some of the secrets revealed, guaranteed you will find one that resonates with you. Some of the secrets in this show do take on a serious tone, such as suicide, but what we came away with is howPostSecrets.com has connected people by mere words reinforcing to us words are powerful.
PostSecret: The Show is full of raw human emotion in all its honesty, for better or for worse. We are sure you will see some of yourself in the secrets revealed. Some will make you laugh out loud, some with pull at your heart strings, some will make you think, but by the end, the show does in its own unique way make you see ‘we are all in this together’. Each and every one of us has the ability to reach out and make a connection to someone and make a difference in someone’s life. Everyone will take away a little something different from this show which was criticized by a few for being too much like a TED Talk. This is a fair comment, but we felt that’s what made for a unique and engaging show. We encourage you to see the human in humanity. PostSecret The Show runs from February 11th to March 5th at the Firehall Arts Centre. Tickets range from $17 to $30 and are available online at Firehall Arts Centre.
PS Looking to go somewhere for a bite before the show that’s close by? Might we suggest Chuchillo. It is a one block walk away and has Latin American inspired dishes which are pretty tasty.