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Mobile – Harrogate Theatre

Devised by: The Paper Birds Co-Directors: Jemma McDonnell, Kylie Walsh Projection, Video & Sound: The Media Workshop Reviewer: Ron Simpson An audience of up to eight people sits in a conventionally comfortable caravan while the rain beats on the roof (at least it did on the first night in Harrogate) and a pleasantly chatty young woman hands round biscuits and ...

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LATITUDE 2016: The Paper Birds – Mobile

The Paper Birds - Mobile

Director: Jemma McDonnell Venue:Pandora’s Playground Reviewer: Nicole Evans What defines you? Yes, you. Class? Education? Career? Income? Upbringing? If your answer was yes to any of the above, should it have been? Should we really categorise ourselves based on our decisions – some of which heavily rely on a huge dollop of luck, good or bad, to reach their conclusions ...

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Broke – Drum Theatre, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Devised by: Jemma McDonnell, Kylie Walsh and Shane Durrant Director : Jemma McDonnell Reviewer : Joan Phillips Devised and performed by The Paper Birds, Broke is a one hour examination of the relationship between money and debt on a personal, national and political level. As with Thirsty, a previous Paper Birds’ collaboration, the show is based on real stories drawn ...

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Broke – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Artistic Director: Jemma McDonnell Producer: Bonnie Mitchell Composer: Shane Durrant Reviewer: David Gann This is a theatre that is engaging and changes you. It is concerned with the ‘little people’ on this earth, yet challenges the ‘big’ principles on which so much of our lives are fabricated. These are all facets that have inspired generations of play-makers, and Paper Birds ...

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Broke – The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury

Devised by: Jemma McDonnell, Kylie Walsh and Shane Durrant Director: Jemma McDonnell Reviewer: Dan English   Poverty in the UK is one of the more modern taboos in recent times, and it is this taboo that The Paper Birds tackle in their recent verbatim theatre piece, Broke, at Canterbury’s Marlowe Studio. The Leeds based touring company use quotes from real ...

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On the One Hand – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Ben Francombe &The Paper Birds Director: Jemma McDonnell Reviewer: May Mellstrom [Rating:4.5] It seems appropriate that for their 10th anniversary production The Paper Birds Theatre Company have chosen to present a show that directly reflects on the passage of time. Formed through extensive interviews with a number of women aged between 12 and 92, On the One Hand considers ...

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Thirsty – Drum Theatre, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Directors: Jemma McDonnell &Kirsty Housley Music: Shane Durrant Reviewer: Marina Spark [rating:3] Thirsty is a look at the motivations, public perceptions and excesses of binge drinking from The Paper Birds. Combining music, movement, verbatim accounts and an adaptive set the one act show embraces both the joy and sorrow that can arise from social drinking. Thirsty does not take the ...

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