Disaster: a sudden or great misfortune; an event of ruinous or distressing nature; a calamity; complete failure; from Italian disastro, 'ill-starred' (Oxford English Dictionary)
Painted Bird is on a quest for stories. It was just eh… just like every other morning on the farm and you’re on your own. You just keep going and working. Stories where people have discovered something about themselves and those they love. So, then I started trying to get out and I got out so far and what goes through your head when something like that happens. Stories where someone reckons with the things that are most important to them. I think the muscles was going, the legs was going, and I said, ‘what kind of a mess have you got yourself into now’. Stories where someone has come through a disaster with a new sense of self. I was out in ten seconds after spending three quarters of an hour in it. I just lay there on the ground and couldn’t hardly move. Stories of private moments that help us to recognise our collective values. No it’s not hard to remember. I remember saying to myself that I wasn’t in there on my own. (Joe McGeown)
In the theatre we make, we address the issues of our times. We work without a writer and are, therefore, keen to find new ways to search for memories, to go digging for stories. In our theatre productions, everyday things that are hidden become available to experience and to contemplate.
During the present crisis we’ve all had to ask ourselves: How do we live with fear? How do we connect? How do we find hope in the dark?
Will you tell us about a natural or a human-made disaster, a public or a personal disaster, a disaster at the workplace or in the family, a financial or health-related disaster, the breakdown of a relationship or separation from a loved one? Will you tell us about something we have yet to consider?