The Paper Birds have confirmed new dates for their touring production of Mobile, now booking until the 22nd October.
Staged in a caravan, this co-commissioned production by Live Theatre and The Marlowe Theatre will see The Paper Birds visiting the length of the country with this inventive and intimate piece of verbatim theatre about class, family and belonging.
Mobile is based on personal testimonies collected in the community workshops, from research by collaborator Professor Sam Friedman, and the company’s own lives, the play explores our sense of home, aspiration and the realities of social mobility.
We are taught from a young age to aim high, to reach for the stars, to want more, more than our parents, more than the generations before us, to climb the social ladder. But as we surge forward, what are we leaving behind? And from our ladder in the stars, if we look back, what do we see?
The Paper Birds will be taking the production to new locations such as HighTide Festival in London and Aldeburgh, HOME in Manchester, Festival of Thrift in Redcar, and Arts Depot in London. The company will also make its debut in Wales at The Ffwrnes in Llanelli and The Miner’s Theatre in Amanford.
Jemma McDonnell, Artistic Director of The Paper Birds and director of Mobile said: “Mobile explores class with both head and heart. Whilst social mobility is highly political, at the root of it Mobile is about family. Who we are is so deeply influenced by where we have come from; the homes we grew up in, the food we ate, the jobs of our parents, the holidays we did or didn’t go on, they all affect our seating in the world.”
The remaining dates for the tour are as follows:
Fri 23rd – Sat 24th June The Met, Bury Market Street Bury BL9 0BW
Tues 27th – Wed 28th June The Miners Theatre, Ammanford Wind Street, Ammanford SA18 3DN
Thurs 29th Jun – Sat 1 July The Ffwrnes, Llanelli Park Street, Llanelli, SA15 3YE
Fri 21st – Sat 22nd July Departure Lounge at Derby Theatre, Derby 15 Theatre Walk, St Peter’s Quarter, Derby DE1 2NF
Sat 29th – Sun 30th July Waterside Arts Centre, Sale 1 Waterside, Sale M33 7ZF
Sat 9th – Sun 10th Sept Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal 122A Highgate, Kendal LA9 4HE
Tues 12th – Sun 17th Sept HighTide Festival, Aldeburgh
Wed 20th – Thurs 21st Sept Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes Stantonbury, Milton Keynes MK14 6BN
Sat 23rd – Sun 24th 24 Sept Festival of Thrift, Redcar Kirkleatham, Redcar TS10 5NW
Wed 27th – Thurs 28th Sept Bedales School, Steep Church Road, Steep, Petersfield GU32 2DG
Fri 29th – Sat 30th Sept Arts Depot, London 5 Nether Street, North Finchley, London N12 0GA
Tues 3rd – Sun 8th October HighTide Festival, London
Wed 11th – Sun 15th Oct HOME, Manchester 2, Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN
Thurs 19th – Sun 22nd Oct Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate
Mobile is The Paper Birds’ second show in a trilogy about class in modern Britain. Made for audiences of up to eight people at a time, this intimate 40-minute show incorporates stunning digital visuals by The Media Workshop and original music composed by Shane Durrant.
For more information about the show visit: https://www.thepaperbirds.com/