13 October 2017

On Thursday 12th October, Year 11 Drama students were taken to see a play, 'Mobile', at HOME Theatre, Manchester.

This was not the normal theatre experience one would expect, on a stage, with room for a big audience...this was a powerful and intimate piece of theatre, performed by one actor, in a caravan!

The Paper Birds are a multi award-winning theatre company who create work that is culturally, socially and politically observational and conversationally urgent. The Paper Birds work is inspired by creatively engaging with local communities, drawing heavily on verbatim material, giving a voice to the voiceless.  What this means is that a lot of their work is taken from words that the general public have said and literally put into a performance.

In this case, the performance was based on the class system and recordings of various people looking back at their life and what they have achieved.  Not only was this an intimate show (audiences of no more than 8), it was full of technical wizardry supplied by The Media Workshop Ltd.  From a talking kettle to a simulated trip to the moon, this was a euphoric and spine-tingling experience.  Getting lost among the stories, the voices and the objects was a source of great joy!

The Year 11s also took part in a workshop with the director of the play and got to experience performing on the main stage at HOME Theatre.  The experience of working with a professional director is fantastic for them as they embark on their final performance piece.

The Paper Birds neatly turned the caravan into a magic box where every cupboard and drawer sprung a surprise and what a fantastic trip it was for the year 11s too!

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