A new Scottish pop-folk musical rooted in paisley is to launch next month.

Thread, an original Scottish musical created by Fraser Scott, Iona Ramsay & Bethany Tennick of Kick the Door explores community, grief and family with an ensemble of Scottish actor-musicians.

Thread opens on 24th May for a 5 day run at Renfrew Town Hall before forming part of OneRen’s Cultural Venues Reopening Programme in 2023.

The show features 12 brand new songs and explores how two sisters navigate their complex relationship with each other, as well as how they process the grief of recently losing their mother; a woman who was a matriarch and pillar in their community.

Ultimately, Thread is a story about finding your identity, and place in the world, when everything you know is turned on its head.

Thread is a collaboration between director & dramaturg Fraser Scott, writer Iona Ramsay & composer Bethany Tennick and continues Kick The Door’s legacy of creating work about Scotland, in a distinctly Scottish voice.

Development of the show started with a commission from Paisley Arts Centre as part of the New Space Festival in February 2020. The live in-person experience was cancelled due to lockdown, but the company presented a live stream to an audience of 5000.

Since then, the work has been taken to full production with support from Creative Scotland as part of Future Paisley.

Fraser Scott from Kick The Door said: ‘THREAD is a story of family and community, and our largest production after three years of working together. We made Thread out of a passion for homegrown stories, for shows written and performed in Scottish accents, and to push the expectations of modern musical theatre. We are a group of young, emerging artists based in Paisley putting on a big bold folk musical about our home’.

Thread is a co-production between Kick the Door and the Cultural and Arts Team of charitable trust OneRen. The show is made possible by Creative Scotlad and is part of the Future Paisley initiative. The show represents a significant moment of post Covid recovery for the cultural sector in the West of Scotland.

RenOne’s Performance Producer Louise Oliver said: ‘It’s a real joy to be producing Thread with a company like Kick the Door. Not least because of what it means for the recovery of Scottish arts and culture as we move into a post-pandemic phase of the COVID-19 crisis.

“But also because it’s a privilege to be coming out the other side of what has been an acute moment of trauma for our industry by producing something brand new, at this scale. It’s being made by exceptionally talented artists who are positioned at an exciting beginning point in their careers and we haven’t been afraid to go big.

“We’re employing an abundance of Scottish creative talent. We are offering a joyous and quality new musical that really represents what Scotland is capable of, now and in the future. The story itself celebrates the things that really matter – community, family, chosen or otherwise. And the act of making it at all and making it now celebrates and platforms Scotland’s resilience, talent and boldness.

“It’s going to be a gorgeous night at the theatre that will make you stamp your feet, laugh, cry and probably call your Mum afterwards. Exactly what we all sorely need.”

Thread runs 24-28 May 2022. Tickets are on sale now and can be bought from renfrewshireboxoffice.ticketsolve.com.

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