“Life has drawn lines on all of their faces
Life has brought them here from very different places.”
Inspired by the reality of a multicultural neighbourhood in Glasgow, Closed Doors weaves together the stories of several senior women with little in common except their post code. Thrown together when their block of flats is evacuated by police, their prejudices and preconceptions about one another quickly surface and while they are initially blinded by their differences, they soon discover where their similarities lie.
With a spoken word and sung narrative set against the backdrop of an exhilarating live score and projected animations, Closed Doors refuses to recognise genre boundaries as it tackles questions of identity, heritage, community and isolation with rigour and heart.
Closed Doors is an exploration of how disparate communities can and do live literally on top of one another in multicultural Britain. It examines what is similar between us and what is different; how someone can feel like a stranger in the society they were born into and how one can find a home in a country far from the land where they grew up. It asks questions about the conflicts which arise around heritage and inheritance, land and property and the right to remain.
The three artists involved are pianist/songwriter Lauren Gilmour, drummer/producer Audrey Tait and writer and performer Belle Jones.
The first incarnation of the project was performed at Flint and Pitch at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in May 2017. It was then developed throught the Summerhall Lab in Early 2018 and debuted at Camden People’s Theatre as part of Sprint Festival 2018.