Paper Birds Theatre Company
We were fortunate to welcome The Paper Birds Theatre Company into School to host their performance of ‘In a thousand pieces’ on Monday 13 November. The play explores the epidemic of human trafficking into the UK through moving accounts, physical theatre and verbatim interviews. We held two performances along with a post-show discussion for GCSE Drama students and workshop for A-level Theatre studies students. We were pleased that some parents also attended.
Here are a few comments from those involved.
'In a thousand pieces' had a massive impact on me, it really made me stop and think about important issues that often go ignored. Both the performance and the workshop were invaluable and I left inspired to create new work myself. Caitlin
The performance was completely captivating and highly stylised. It tackled an important issue artistically, making it suitable for students to watch. I realised that women, who I had previously thought of as criminals, were victims. It really made me think. Jasmine
I've seen lots of performances but I've never thought so deeply about a show afterwards. I learnt a huge amount not just as a drama student but personally. Thank you. Anastasia
I really enjoyed the performance, it engaged me fully for the entire show (which is rare!). I know that I will use the techniques that I saw in my own devised piece in the next few months. Charlotte
I understand that some people might be hesitant to watch a show about human trafficking. I admit some scenes where very tough to watch because it's the story of one girl and it's true for so many girls who are hidden in Britain. I think that's what really came across to me. Abi
Thank you to the Paper Birds for bringing their performance of 'In a thousand pieces' to our school. It was really creative and thought provoking. Our students are fortunate to see a wide range of theatre, however it is rare for them to be so inspired by a performance that they've seen. The show provoked rich discussions on the issues it raised and it's also proven to be very valuable for our drama students who have seen a wealth of new ideas and techniques which they intend to 'borrow' in the future (I've got a shopping list of suitcases, chalk and a whole host of little props which they're desperate for, to recreate their favourite scenes!). Having a professional theatre company perform in our school Drama Studio is always a great way to show students how our own space can be used, but the Paper Birds made this even more accessible through their creative staging ideas.
Mrs L Taylor, Drama Department