Hidden Door Arts Festival
In collaboration with
Civic Soup Members, Festival Goers
Leith Theatre, Leith
What would a street purely designed by it’s residents look like?
We thought we’d find out with City Factory, a performance-workshop first produced for Hidden Door Festival and delivered in the former backstage ‘female choir room’ of Leith Theatre.
Participants-cum-workers were employed at the door by the floor manager and moved along a conveyor belt of production.
From tenants and shopkeepers, to community organisations, builders and developers, workers adopted roles and stakeholders within city development, setting out visions in cut-and-paste drawn elements and drawn building outlines.
With each role came a corresponding bay to work within, differing cutouts to use, and an opposing voice; local authority, architects, planners and government.
Through discussion, questioning and negotiation with one another, layers gradually accumulated at each station, building a collaborative, fantastical streetscape that brought to life the powers at play in the shaping of our cities, but also the individual will of citizens who use it.