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?

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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.