Paper Birds

On the Other Hand

16th – 25th August.
Interactive installation.

We use them to communicate, to touch, to cradle, to grasp, to fight, we use them to earn our living, to vote, to kill or to heal… Our hands give us away; they tell the world of our marital status, of our race, our class. Through the rings we may wear, the nails we bite or polish and paint, through the wrinkles and cuts, the scars or ageing spots, our hands; the palm readings and finger prints, each tell a story…

In an era where surgery, make up and injections strive to hide and distort our faces and bodies from disclosing our true age, our hands cannot lie. Eyes may be the window to the soul, but our hands are the canvas on which our life story is gently painted.

Working alongside The Media Workshop, The Paper Birds Theatre Company present a bespoke installation in conjunction with the company’s current 10-year anniversary stage production ‘On the One Hand’.

‘On the Other Hand’ is an interactive arts installation based on the stories that each pair of hands has to share and in turn the personal nature and individual experience of ageing.

Funded by Arts Council England
Supported by West Yorkshire Playhouse
Concept: The Paper Birds
Design: The Media Workshop
In collaboration with: Fiammetta Horvat

The Paper Birds strive to create and share 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. On the One Hand/On the Other Hand marks the company’s 9th year at the Fringe, with previous performances including the critically acclaimed In A Thousand Pieces (Fringe First and Fringe Review award winner), and the highly celebrated sell-out show Thirsty (2011). The company has also been shortlisted for Amnesty International Freedom of Expression award, The Stages’ Best Ensemble and Total Theatres Best Young Company.

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