A Thousand Doorways (3 stars)

This article is from 2017

A Thousand Doorways

The true account of a storyteller's quest to save the folkloric tales of the Kurds of Turkey.

Named after the Kurdish saying 'There is one world, a thousand doorways', this solo piece details American storyteller Diane Edgecombe's quest to rescue the traditions of a dying culture by gathering tales from the mountains. It is a very sincere performance, in which Edgecombe shows the depth of her research and travel. However, it lacks natural rhythm, which results in the 90-minute runtime feeling excessive rather than well earned.

Performing with minimal props, in front of a traditional Kurdish carpet, Edgecomb is an engaging presence and ensures the audience is informed of the dangerous situation facing Kurds living in Turkey. The narrative jumps from country-to-country, and subtle but imaginative sound design ensures that the audience is kept well abreast of the journey.

Throughout the piece, Edgecomb drops in and out of characters, attempting to bring the audience not only the Kurdish stories but also the people she met. Yet, the majority of the Kurdish characters she performs come across as similar, which blunts the progression of her story arc and makes her discoveries feel unfortunately repetitive.

Despite these problems, the importance of the subject matter combined with Edgecomb's passion makes certain that the piece sticks with you.

C primo, until 19 Aug, 1.30pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£7.50–£8.50).

A Thousand Doorways

  • 3 stars

A fascinating tale from Diane Edgecomb about the disappearing storytellers of Kurdistan.