Adam Gordon on Kith: 'I hope it's a stab in the gut, visceral and beautiful'


Gordon's latest production takes on themes of migration and identity

Kith, the latest production from Adam Gordon, is, he explains 'about a young man called Dani, the son of a woman who fled conflict in the Balkans and ended up in Scotland. But she has kept her story from him, told him nothing of her past. Dani doesn't feel he belongs anywhere, and when his mother dies, his sense of self goes into free-fall, and he has to embark on an odyssey to find out who he is and where he belongs.'

These heady themes of migration and identity are certainly contemporary, but Gordon doesn't necessarily see Kith as an attempt to explore a set of ideas. 'I'm not sure it's about "discussion": stories are experiential, not intellectual, and story takes over where intellect fails. To tell the story of a person in ways that reach us emotionally, viscerally – that's how you open up someone's point of view.'

Gordon's attitude is expressed most clearly in how he hopes the audience will experience his latest work: ' I hope that Kith is poignant, and the root of that word is poignarder, the French for 'to stab'. So, I hope it's a stab in the gut, visceral and beautiful. Ideas come later.'

Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh, Wed 3–Sat 6 April.


Adam Gordon's modern-day folktale of war, migration and homecoming.

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