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Aptly staged in a caravan within Live Theatre’s brand new Live Garden space, The Paper Birds’ new production, entitled Mobile, explores social mobility, our sense of home and belonging.

The Paper Birds theatre company are no strangers to the Newcastle theatre, with shows including beatboxing musical Blind and Broke, which explored themes of poverty and debt, both recently appearing at the venue. Their new show is made for audiences of nine people at a time who will take up residence inside the caravan alongside performers Kylie Walsh and Georgie Coles. The intimate production is based on graduate Cindy’s life, as she moves into her mother’s caravan after her life begins to unravel. Joined by powerful real life stories told through video projections, recorded interviews and original music collected through community workshops and research by collaborator Professor Sam Friedman, Mobile offers up intensely personal experiences. “Mobile is about who we are, where we have come from and the impact on us of our parents’ class and upbringing.” Explains Paper Birds’ artistic director and Mobile director Jemma McDonnell. “Social mobility is, very rightly, viewed as a positive force and something for individuals and political forces to aspire to but is it always a positive experience? We look forward to opening up this conversation in our caravan.”

The theatre’s new performance space, which links the theatre with the Quayside, has been developed as part of Live Works, which hopes to produce new plays and develop creative talent in the region.

Mobile is at Live Garden, Newcastle from Wednesday 8th until Sunday 26th June.

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