Acclaimed all-female theatre company The Paper Birds come to the Liverpool Playhouse Studio with their latest Edinburgh festival success next month. On the One Hand is an original verbatim piece telling intertwined stories of six women at different stages of their lives, exploring what it means to age.
The company’s 10 year anniversary show, it interrogates the inevitable journey our minds and bodies undertake from birth to death. Tales of biological clocks on snooze, lives packed in boxes and cities in bags; six women of different ages and at different stages of their lives.
Built on extensive research and developed with communities across the north of England, The Paper Birds began work for On the One Hand in 2012 when 10 women over the age of 60 took centre stage. As they shared where they had been and where they were going, the collective stories evolved into what it means to grow old, and how age defines us at different points in our life.
Having premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2013 at St Stephens, The Paper Birds’ artistic director Jemma McDonnell will direct the cast of four women; Tracey Briggs, Hannah Lambsdown, Illona Linthwaite and Kylie Walsh, at the Studio from October 15 to 19. An interactive arts installation inspired by the play will also be on display in the dress circle bar. If the name is familiar, the company bought their last show, Thirsty, to the Unity in 2011.
See the Playhouse website for tickets and more information.