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 by Katherine Chandler, directed by Rachel O’Riordan     

 by Katherine Chandler, directed by Rachel O’Riordan
Winner of a Judges award in the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, this is the World Premiere of BIRD a stunningly poetic new play by Welsh playwright Katherine Chandler. Directed by Sherman Cymru’s Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan this story of unstoppable friendship will premier in Cardiff next Spring.
You know what Ava means? 
That’s what you are. You’re a little bird.

Ava and Tash are up on a cliff. Looking out at the flocking birds. And at their future. On the cusp of adulthood and leaving the care home they’ve always known, the friends test their freedoms and practise living in the world. Ava confronts the mother she left behind. Tash looks for a home. And both girls live dangerously with the men who surround them.

Raw, delicate and bold. This is a story about growing up outside a family but inside the fiercest of friendships.

‘I’m fascinated by how people cope with the challenges and changes in life without the basic foundations of love and family. Bird explores the absence of those two things and the impact they might have on us. But it’s essentially a story about friendship and love, found against the odds.’ Katherine Chandler, Playwright

Katherine Chandler is a Welsh playwright and screenwriter. Her play BEFORE IT RAINS won the Writers Guild Playwright award at the Theatre Critics of Wales Awards. Katherine also won the BBC and National Theatre Wales inaugural Wales Drama Award. Katherine is Playwright in Residence at Sherman Cymru and has written their current Christmas show for Under 7s, The Princess and The Pea.

Rachel is the Artistic Director of the Sherman Theatre, for whom she has directed Iphigenia in Splott (winner of Best New Play at the UK Theatre Awards 2015), A Doll’s House, Romeo & Juliet, Arabian Nights and Sherman Cymru’s co-production with Òran Mór A Play, A Pie and A Pint: Leviathan. Before joining the Sherman, she was Artistic Director at Perth Theatre where work included: Macbeth (Perth/Tron); The Seafarer (Perth/Lyric); The Odd Couple (Female Version); Moonlight and Magnolias; Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me and Twelfth Night.

Other work includes: Unfaithful (Traverse Theatre); The Absence of Women (Tricycle); Hurricane ( West End/59E59 Off-Broadway); Everything Is Illuminated (Hampstead Theatre); Miss Julie and Animal Farm (Peter Hall Company, Theatre Royal); Absolution (Guna Nua/First Irish NY); Much Ado About Nothing, The Glass Menagerie and Merry Christmas Betty Ford (Lyric, Belfast); A Christmas Carol, Gates of Gold and Grimm Tales (Library Theatre, Manchester); Over the Bridge (Green Shoot/Waterfront Hall, Belfast); Elizabeth - Almost By Chance a Woman (Kabosh/Project, Dublin); Protestants (Soho Theatre); Arguments for Terrorism and Cold Turkey at Nana’s (Òran Mór).

Rachel founded and was Artistic Director of Ransom, Belfast, for whom she commissioned, developed and directed Hurricane, Transparency, The Gentleman’s Tea-Drinking Society, This Piece of Earth, The Early Bird, The Half and The Winners, National Anthem. Ransom’s work toured extensively across the UK and Ireland.

Awards include Best Director and Best Ensemble for The Seafarer (2013 Critics’ Award for Theatre in Scotland); Best Director for Absolution (First Irish Theatre Festival Awards, New York, 2010).
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