Created and presented by The Paper Birds

Estate

Estate will be The Paper Birds’ third and final show in our trilogy about social class, premiering in 2021. Estate explores the housing crisis, displaced families lost in a system and luxury apartments left empty. A physical, theatrical and literary whirlwind through properties and real lives, Estate will be about the homes we live in and the country we call home

Estate will be a verbatim production based on interviews and workshops with communities throughout the UK, as part of our most extensive research and development phase to date. In 2019 we are hosting 9 Estate residencies, with the support of venues in Hull, Manchester, London, Lincoln, Peterborough, Canterbury, Birmingham, Colchester and Derby. 

Since 2008 all our productions have utilised this method of researching within communities. The words of the people we meet form the backbone of our shows, painting powerful and very human alternative social commentaries.

We are working closely with venue and community partners to identify, get to know and interview communities in each location. We want the show to be about and relevant to the people living and working near each venue we eventually tour to, giving people a sense of ownership of the final show. We want this show to matter and give voice to the voiceless, people who would be likely to feel that theatre isn’t for them. 

The Paper Birds is working with playwright Luke Barnes for the production, who is working alongside the company to shape ideas and parts of the transcripts from the research into a script, exploring ideas around ownership, belonging, worth and value. 

We are currently looking for co-commissioners and supporting partners for Estate.

Please get in touch with Senior Producer Charlotte to find out more charlotte@thepaperbirds.com

Director Jemma McDonnell

Creative Collaborators  Luke Barnes, Georgie Coles, Andrea Ling, Kylie Perry

R&D Venue Collaborators  Artsdepot (London), Birmingham Hippodrome, Derby Theatre, Gulbenkian (Canterbury), HOME (Manchester), Hull Truck, Lincoln Drill Hall, Mercury Theatre (Colchester) and Platform 8 (Peterborough)

Producers Charlotte Kalantari - Gregory & Melanie Rashbrooke

Please get in touch with Senior Producer Charlotte to find out more charlotte@thepaperbirds.com

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