BUT NOW TO SPEAK OF
MY DISASTER

Have you ever experienced a disaster? Have you ever shared its story? Are you ready to share it now?

*Anne Bradstreet, 'A Dialogue Between Old England and New' (1650)

About

Painted Bird makes socially engaged, political theatre.

We use cultural history, with an emphasis on archive material, as a source for story and through artistic collaboration, shape this material into something that resonates with today.

Each work relies on a unique and diverse set of collaborative artists and researchers, including actors and physical performers, directors, designers, composers, visual artists, dramaturgs and historians.

We are interested in making theatre that breaks boundaries, poses important questions for society and places the audience at the centre of a new theatrical experience.

Commitment

Painted Bird is committed to make available through our website an archive of all all the stories we receive. To get to know better how to respond to those who have survived disaster.  To join the conversation—and to help others to join—about the reality of death and being okay with it.

Consent 

Painted Bird asks that storytellers consent to give your story to us in the form of a written or a verbal account, to advise us on how to interpret your story, to collaborate with us on how to edit your story and to waive your right to anonymity. 

Acknowledgement

Painted Bird acknowledges that your stories will only ever be told in your own words. We look to you to define what disaster means today. We recognise the challenge it is for you to have your story told publicly. We are mindful of the changes the experience of disaster has brought to you. We are further mindful of the changes its retelling in the theatre may yet bring.

Reminder

Painted Bird reminds storytellers that we place the emphasis on storytelling. We value storytelling for what it gives the listener and we believe that a theatre production can have no therapeutic value for the storyteller.

Copyright

Painted Bird retains copyright of all stories donated through the website. 

Commitment

Painted Bird commits to making available through our website an archive of all the stories we receive. 

Consent 

Painted Bird asks you to give us your story as an audio recording through Whatsapp or as a written account directly through the website, to advise us on how to interpret your story, and to collaborate with us on how to edit your story.

Acknowledgement

Painted Bird acknowledges that your stories will only ever be told in your own words.  

Reminder

Painted Bird reminds you that we place the emphasis on storytelling and asks you to recognise that this theatre production can have no therapeutic value for the storyteller.

Copyright

Painted Bird retains copyright of this production, which is devised from stories donated through the website.