Ferment Fortnight: THE FORBIDDEN DOOR – The Devil’s Violin Company

The Door

Go and open the door.
Maybe outside there’s
A tree, or a wood,
A garden,
Or a magic city.
Go and open the door.
Maybe a dog’s rummaging,
Maybe you’ll see a face,
or an eye,
or the picture
of a picture.
Go and open the door,
If there’s a fog
It will clear.
Go and open the door.
Even if there’s only
The darkness ticking,
Even if there’s only
The hollow wind,
even if
nothing
is there,
go and open the door.
at least
there’ll be
a draught.

MIROSLAV HOLUB

The Forbidden Door

Describe the show in three words:
Four- CINEMA OF THE MIND

How did the show come about?
It was a slow process, across a long tour. We were preparing and performing A LOVE LIKE SALT for about two years. ALLS was about grown ups in love and lust. It was about adult relationships (though the word ‘adult’ now has unfortunate connotations). We played to a wide range of audiences- Theatres, literature festivals and village halls where the audience had no idea what they were attending. It amazed us how many different types of people were moved by the stories. Which led us to the stories in The Forbidden Door. These are stories that celebrate the graft necessary to make a long term relationship work. Though the plots involve magic and danger, the stories celebrate the day-in-day-out of sharing a life with another human being.

How have you approached the rehearsal process?
The stories come first. Storyteller Daniel Morden has sent ideas/texts/suggestions in advance to the three musicians. They each compose themes/ melodies. At rehearsals we discuss the musicians responses to Daniel’s suggestions. Out of this discussion comes an agreed approach to the story.

The biggest challenge is yet to come. The difficult part is to create an evening of stories that have a cumulative effect, rather than a collection of free standing stories that entertain but blank each other out.

Why should people come and see the show?
Everyone loves stories. They are how we make sense of experience. TDVC has developed a unique way of telling them. The subtle blend of music, sound and word means the audience enter the stories in a profound way. The pictures are in the mind’s eye. Everyone hears a subtly different story, according to their background and life experience.

The Forbidden Door
The Devil’s Violin Company
Bristol Old Vic Studio
Wed 9 Jul, 6.30pm
£5

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