Emily Orley

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The School Gate Project


In the Spring of 2019, a group of mothers and female carers at my children’s primary school in West London met weekly with the intention of making a piece of theatre about our shared experience of the school gate. In the end we chose not to make a single work to commemorate our encounters, but instead honoured our lively discussions as they happened, with all the laughter and confessions, songs and tears, silences and acts of listening that they entailed. Hailing from fourteen different countries, with different cultural beliefs, world-views and family values, we found common ground while celebrating what made us distinct.