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Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Paper Birds present Broke at The Met

The Paper Birds explore what it means to be Broke in 2014, as a person and as a country in their new play at The Met on Wednesday 11 March 8pm. Based on personal testimonies from nationwide interviews The Paper Birds return to their celebrated verbatim form to consider pennilessness in an age of personal, and national, debt.

There are 13 million people in poverty in the UK and over half of these people are from working families. At Christmas 2013 the Red Cross started asking for food donations for the first time since World War II. What happens when you have to resort to sex work to pay the bills, or try to give up dealing drugs only to end up at a food bank when the money dries up, too? What happens when at 28 you can’t buy anything more than cheap white bread to eat in the supermarket?


From the team behind 2011’s celebrated Thirsty, this UK tour of Broke follows its sell-out success at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014. Sharing real life stories from the front line of poverty and debt in the UK, this new piece of verbatim theatre is a heartfelt and urgent look at the debt of a nation from displaced families and gambling addictions to beans on toast and blind leaps of faith onto the property ladder. Based on interviews taken across the UK in 2014, multi award winners The Paper Birds explore what it means to be broke, from ‘feeling the pinch’ to finding yourself penniless, in this visually stunning new production.


The Paper Birds strive to create devised work that is culturally, socially and politically observational and conversationally urgent. Their productions emerge from a female perspective, and aim to address and evoke discussion, thought, and emotion when and where it is most needed, whilst retaining the company’s signature visual and physical approach. Their past work includes In A Thousand Pieces (Fringe First and Fringe Review award winner, 2008), the highly celebrated sell-out Thirsty (2011) and 2013’s On the One Hand, with Northern Stage at St. Stephen’s. The company has also been shortlisted for Amnesty International Freedom of Expression award, The Stage’s Best Ensemble and Total Theatre’s Best Young Company.


Tickets are £10 / £7 Concs are available online at www.themet.biz or from the Box Office on 0161 761 2216.




Press contact: Alice Shinkfield             alice.shinkfield@themet.biz

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