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The Paper Birds strive to create and share devised work that is important; work that is culturally, socially and politically observational and conversationally urgent. Our productions will always emerge from a female perspective and often this female voice will prioritise stories of women. The company's work will often shift and reinvent itself to address and evoke discussion, thought and emotion when and where it is most needed whilst retaining the company's signature visual and physical approach.

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Added on 04/08/2016

Join us for a practical full day workshop designed for teachers of Secondary Drama and Performing Arts.

'A really useful set of approaches to devising and working with stimuli… A fascinating insight into how a company approaches devising material.'


Multi award-winning devising theatre company The Paper Birds are hosting Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses for teachers exploring devising methodologies. The course will be designed to assist all aspects of making performance in school; with particular emphasis on approaches to devising units for GCSE, AS and A Level, and BTEC syllabuses.

In this workshop you will explore:

Fresh games and warm-ups

Choosing stimulus/approaches to stimulus


Creating themes and motifs

Sequencing scenes

Staging movement for theatre

Integrating ensemble

Included in the course fee, you will receive:

- A teacher’s Education Pack, detailing all the exercises and ways to further them with your students.

- The Paper Birds’ 10 Year Anniversary Book including the play text for previous show ‘On the One Hand’ and an interview with the company.

- DVD copies of x3 original devised productions by The Paper Birds.

- CD of original instrumental music by The Paper Birds’ composer Shane Durrant.

The course will take place on:

Mon 21st November: Tobacco Factory Theatre, BRISTOL | 10.00 – 17.00

Tue 29th November: West Yorkshire Playhouse, LEEDS | 09.30 – 17.00

(Including a Backstage Tour of WYP. Find out more about working in a producing theatre and discover how productions make it from page to stage.)

Mon 9th January: NEWCASTLE (Venue TBC) | 10.00 – 17.00

Tue 10th January: Pleasance Theatre, LONDON | 10.00 – 17.00



'I have used bits of the course every single day in my teaching since- it's the best practical CPD I've been on!'


Seeking new Paper Birds! Female Performer/Facilitators wanted!

Added on 27/07/2016

The Paper Birds is expanding.

In order to meet demand for our work we are re-mounting our 2008 award-winning production ‘In a Thousand Pieces’ for an academic tour.

‘In a Thousand Pieces’ fuses movement, text, movement, imagery and live music; a political and verbatim exploration of the epidemic of sex trafficking in the UK today.

We are aiming to recruit 3x performer/facilitators to join the company on a freelance basis. The role is to learn, rehearse and tour ‘In a Thousand Pieces’ throughout Dec 2016 and tour throughout Jan-Feb 2017, whilst training to deliver our education programme in a range of schools, colleges and universities.

We require:

- Female performers aged 21-30

- Experience of working with movement and physicality

- Experience in delivering workshops/facilitating practical theatre sessions/ teaching drama

- A keen interest and knowledge of political, feminist and devised theatre

- Willingness to undergo DBS check

- A valid passport (must be eligible to work in the UK and Europe)

- A driving licence and experience of driving a van are preferable but not essential!

As a small scale company, opening up our pool of collaborators is an important step in order to meet growth and demand. The Paper Birds was founded and built by a group of friends, and that ethos still runs throughout all of our activity. We have acquired an excellent reputation for delivering engaging political theatre productions and a hugely successful education programme. We need new company members that can inspire and engage young people, that are passionate about continuing the work we deliver; have a willingness to travel; and that are happy to get up early and load set into a van at 6am - and to have a jolly good laugh doing it! Being a member of The Paper Birds takes commitment and passion; oh, and you need to be a mighty fine performer too.


22-23 Sep 2016: Auditions

5-16 Dec 2016: Rehearsals (location TBC)

9-13 Jan 2017: Education programme training (locations throughout England)

15 Jan–11 Feb 2017: Touring

All travel and accommodation costs for rehearsals and tour dates will be provided, (expenses will not be provided for audition dates).

There is some flexibility with audition dates; please still get in touch if you think you are the right candidate but unable to make one of the auditions.

To apply:

Please email kylie@thepaperbirds.com with your CV and a cover letter explaining your suitability and match for The Paper Birds! Please do include any links and examples of your work.

Closing date: Thursday 1st September 2016, 5pm

Who's who?

Artistic Director: Jemma Mc Donnell
Tel: +44 (0)7810 435782

Creative Producer: Bonnie Mitchell
Tel: 44 (0)7968 737684

Education Director: Kylie Walsh
Tel: +44 (0)7855 098063

Composer: Shane Durrant

The Paper Birds
3 St Peter's Buildings
York Street

Board Of Directors:
Caroline Routh
Leonie Lumb
Kate Craddock
Jemma McDonnell
Kylie Walsh

The Paper Birds are a company registered in England (5363584)