Created with support from Camden People’s Theatre, Sheffield Theatres, Theatre Royal Bath, The Junction, University of Chichester and stage@Leeds


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.'

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