Playing with Books: The Yellow Door by Kathleen Jamie
Kathleen Jamie thinks not only of ‘the voice’ in her poetry and essays, but also of ‘listening and the art of listening… bringing the quality of attention to the world.’ Throughout 2021 she has been writing short, diary-like observations of what’s around her. As we have all gone online, she went offline into close observation of nature, of the experience of daily life, of family, of loss, anxiety, and hope.
The result is a series of pieces which will stop you in your tracks; force you to switch off your device and look around. Jamie describes them as ‘prose-poems, letters, field-notes, poems and poem-notes.’ Could they be turned into theatre? David Greig, the Artistic Director of Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre, as well as a composer, choreographer, and a team of actors and musicians translate these extraordinary fragments for the stage, and present them to an audience for the first time.