Excuse my Fringe: Traces London

It’s a fantastic project that we’re starting today, for Shoreditch Fringe Festival. The people who make the festival possible, aka designers, artists, organisers, are interviewed in our French kitchen and living-room. Excuse my Fringe!

Traces London are the very first interviewed and shot. And let’s face it: we’re in love with their project: An immersive and theatrical, multi-disciplinary, art and design event will happen in a secret place in London 17th-19th August. Every day, traces and clues are revealed in London streets and online…we can’t wait!

Donna & Talulah: who the hell are you?

Talulah– I’m a set designer who works on immersive and site specific theatrical projects
Donna – I’m a furniture and spatial designer who likes working with history and memory
We got together to form TRACES in October last year.

“Traces” seem to be a real-life game: are you sure it’s safe to play?

We suppose it is…the gaming element is just one aspect of our project, and is intended to get people involved in the story from the start, before even entering the space. We want people to develop their own narrative based on the clues and tasks we set.. Sure it’s safe, we set parameters but you decide how to play. Please note TRACES takes no responsibility for accident or injury incurred whilst taking part!

Fine: so how can we play?

You can follow our clues via our twitter campaign, our website or you can join up to our mailing list. If you want to get the clues ahead of everyone else, you can donate a little money via our sponsume funding page! (little plug there)


The current clue is a treasure hunt in the form of an 1881 London street map. If you’re lucky enough you can find one of these on a lampost near you!

Good good. Did you enjoy the Italian-Tesco wine?

As regular ‘connoisseurs’ of the 2 bottles for £4.00 from the local shop – it was quite a treat! Thanks very much!

Which events are you going to attend during Fringe Festival?

We’re going to fit in as much as we can but highlights are to spend some time down at he Regents Canal to check out the Barbican events going on there, and the ROH Owl and the Pussy Cat. We’re also downloading the Tom sawyer effects app as we love games!

Finally if we’re not too exhausted we’re going to the closing event at The Book Club. So much to do and see!

OK. We’re total quiches in design: what shall we start doing?

London is full of design, but not always so easy to find, as most people gear up towards the London Design Festival in September. End of year shows are great – but we fear you’ve missed most if not all of those. A great place to start is at our show 😉
Seriously though – check out London Design Festival in September, and clerkenwell design week next may.

Thanks! What can we wish you?

Of course success. And that we get paid for all our efforts next time!

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