Soul Pilots is an examination of identity. It’s about how we take our place in the world through language, by belonging to one group or another, by being public:
It’s about the hidden and radically singular world we each inhabit internally. And it’s about the sometimes happy, sometimes unhappy impossibility of reconciling these two worlds.
The show was created with and performed by six people with very different racial, religious, social, linguistic, performance and geographical stories or histories to tell. It was devised through a process of playing games, asking questions, and recording and relearning conversations.
The title comes from a wonderful book by neuroscientist Paul Broks titled Into the Silent Land. He describes an experiment in which he isolated, in turn, the halves of a patient’s brain discovering that each half manifested very distinct personalities.
Soul Pilots was a Tramway Dark/Lights Commission and was devised and staged at Tramway in February 2004.
The production was also funded by Scottish Arts Council Seed Funding, Cultural Diversity Funding and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
Devised and directed by Pamela Carter.
Devised and performed by Kamal Arafa, Kate Dickie, Lucy Gaizely, David Ireland, Carole Novak & Sven Till.
Design by Minty Donald.
Lighting design by Sergey Jakovsky.
Original music composed by Stephen Cracknell.