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DUPPY HUNTER: A LOCALS GUIDE TO ST PAULS

A listening adventure exploring St. Paul's experienced on your smartphone

'Some people call dem duppy.
Dem is the half of we spirit that stay on earth.
The other half gone to the ancestors.
Most is good, some is pure trouble.
Some well, they just like mischief.'

About:

A duppy has gone loose in St Pauls and leading duppy hunter, Josie needs your help tracking it down. You will be Josie’s eyes and ears, helping her to solve the riddles the duppy leaves on its trail.

Josie has been summoned back to Bristol to capture a walking duppy.

A walking duppy is one that has tricked their way into possessing the body of a living person with the intention to cause mischief and mayhem.  Walking Duppies leap from body to body possessing different souls and leaving a trail of chaos. Descended from a long line of obeah women, Josie has the power to see duppies as they walk among the living. Detecting the walking duppies is a more difficult proposition, they can pass as one of the living - for this she uses her duppy detector.   

In most cases detecting, capturing and returning duppies is straightforward but this Duppy teases Josie with clues to its whereabouts and its next potential victim. The clues given in the form of a riddle, leave a trail that leads from the Trinity Centre to St Paul’s via Stapleton Road and the M32 bridge.   

St Paul’s is particularly special to Josie. It is where she grew up and was the first District she was allocated as a Duppy Hunter. Since tragic events in her past, she has been reassigned to districts abroad.  

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What's a Duppy?

A ghost or restless spirit is known as a ‘Duppy’ in Jamaica, or a Jumbie in many smaller Caribbean islands.

Traditionally, a good duppy is usually a deceased family member or friend who ‘dreams you’ – meaning they appear in your dreams and give you advice or information.

Join the adventure!

The story starts at the Trinity Centre where Josie first learns about her mission. You could walk over to the Trinity centre to start your journey or pick up the story from Newfoundland Road.  INSERT GOOGLE MAP PIN

To get to Newfoundland Road from the Learning Centre walk across St Paul’s Green then turn right down St Nicolas Street to the corner of Newfoundland Road. Once you are at Newfoundland Road facing the bridge, forward the audio trail to 18mins.

 

Josie is just about to encounter the Duppy.  

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Credits

Bubbling with magical realism, Duppy Hunter: A Local’s Guide to St Pauls, Bristol, is the third instalment from ENDS & TALES by Tamasha and Coney – a series of immersive smart phone adventures on foot, inspired by the untold stories and histories around us.

 

Written by Dr Edson Burton (Armour of Immanuel, The Chosen One, Deacon)

Directed by Hanna Adu-Boateng

Inspired by interviews with the local people of Bristol and their memories

Composer: Courtney Beckford

Sound Design: Jake Gaule

Produced by Tamasha’s Digital Lead, Tuyet Van Huynh (Barbershop Chronicles 360° National Theatre 2017) with support from Community Producer for Trinity Community Arts, Stefan Boakye (Outlier (2022), Around the World in BS5, (2023)). 

Photos: Sophia Stefelle

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