A Creative Citizens Production

Oor Carol & the Seagulls

by Martin Travers

Directed by Kate Black

Set & Costume Design by Rachel Mimiec

Following the success of the organisation’s 2019 production Pigeon by Martin Travers & Lee Hollinshead, In Cahootz’s Creative Citizens return with Oor Carol & the Seagulls.

On a busy summer’s night on Sauchiehall Street we meet Carol on her regular busking patch, signposting herself as ‘homeless’ but ‘human and talented’. The seagulls that provide her backing track are the figment of her imagination, keeping her sane on the streets, but making her look slightly insane to passersby. Carol tells her tale through flashbacks to better days and songs from her soul as we meet characters from her past, present and a possible bright future.

With homelessness being the forefront theme of Oor Carol, In Cahootz conducted consultation workshops with various Glasgow based organisations. Scottish playwright, Martin Travers, took these findings to create this new piece of theatre that reflects an authentic voice of those experiencing homelessness and to highlight its many challenges using humour, songs and a strong storyline.

The show is performed by Creative Citizens who are made up of a variety of people from recovery and community projects across Glasgow. Some have performed with In Cahootz before and, for others, it is their first time on stage.

Oor Carol & the Seagulls is directed by Kate Black and supported by a Creative Team of Glasgow’s highly experienced theatre-makers.  

Oor Carol was due to be performed as a theatre piece in Tramway Glasgow in March 2020. As a result of the global pandemic live performance was not possible. It was not until June 2021 that the theatrical presentation was filmed in house by Lon Wright. The production was released in September 2021.