Playing with Books: The Yellow Door by Kathleen Jamie

In the fourth year of our celebrated co-productions with the Edinburgh International Book Festival, we present theatrical and musical explorations of scenes from much-loved books, followed by a discussion with the author and creative teams.

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.

This is a live event, with an author Q&A. If buying a ticket to watch the event in-person, the author will be on stage, in the venue.

NB In-person tickets for this event are currently sold out. Please check for returns nearer the time

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Pay what you can to watch online. Available live, then on-demand after the event.

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Dates, Times & Prices


Mon 30 Aug, 17:30 - 19:00

The New York Times Theatre (in Sculpture Court)
In-person tickets for this event are currently sold out. Please check for returns nearer the time

Price: £16.00 [£13.00]


LIVE - Mon  30 Aug, 8:30pm - 10pm
Then On Demand after the event 

Price - Pay What You Can