- Judges Award, Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting - 2013
Ava and Tash are up on a cliff, looking out at the flocking birds – and at their future. On the cusp of adulthood and about to leave the care home they've shared, the two friends road-test their impending freedom and living in the outside world.
Ava must confront the mother she left behind. Tash will have to look for a new home. And both girls will go on living dangerously with the men who surround them.
Raw, delicate and bold, Katherine Chandler's play Bird is a story of growing up outside a family but inside the fiercest of friendships. It was the winner of a Judges' Award in the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, and premiered at Sherman Cymru in 2016 before transferring to the Royal Exchange, Manchester.
‘You know what Ava means?
That’s what you are.
You’re a little bird.’
'The writing has a blasted beauty... like its teenage protagonists, [it is] a small, fragile thing with a fiercely beating heart'Guardian
'Uncompromising in its fury… a play that refuses to look away'The Stage
'A story that has to be told… [will] have you thinking hard and feeling deeply'The Public Reviews
12 May 2016Size: 198mm x 129mm
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