Created with support from Camden People’s Theatre, Sheffield Theatres, Theatre Royal Bath, The Junction, University of Chichester and stage@Leeds
Paper, pens and envelopes offer peepholes into stranger’s worlds, where secrets, self-portraits and confessions are shared through a series of armchair interrogations.
Based on a six-month exchange of letters and emails with a prisoner, a celebrity and an Iranian artist, The Paper Birds offer a visual and political exploration of ‘Other’ women, deconstructing the stories and voices of women from the East and West, from different sides of the television screen and different sides of the law. Through live music, movement and verbatim text, The Paper Birds attempt to represent three absent women and question if it is possible to better understand ‘other’ women or indeed ourselves. Premiered at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Pleasance Courtyard, 2010.
Devised & Performed by: Shani Erez, Maryam Hamidi, Jemma McDonnell, Kylie Walsh
Director: Jemma McDonnell
Music & Sound Design: Shane Durrant
Producer: Elle Moreton
Set Design: Ellen Dowell
Lighting Design: Marec Joyce, Vince Field
Dramaturgy: Ben Francombe
'Just when you thought that verbatim theatre was a thing of the last decade, here comes a piece that takes the form a bit further. Making a piece about the process of making the piece has become part of The Paper Birds’ methodology. Others is an intriguing, insightful and instinctively well shaped show that will send you away both entertained and provoked.'