Devising Inspiration with the Paper Birds

Year 10 and Year 12 students were treated to a workshop with verbatim theatre company ‘The Paper Birds’. Founder and Artistic Director Kylie Perry put the students through their paces and helped them to shape their own performances prior to their assessment on 23rd March. Year 12 were particularly pleased with the time they spent with Kylie as the theatre company is on the AQA set practitioners list and they have chosen to devise in the unique style of the Paper Birds. This was an excellent opportunity to get first hand advice and support to help them develop their own piece. One Year 12 student writes of the session:

As the Year 12 A-Level Devising Performance is fast approaching on the 23 March, Artistic Director Kylie Perry from The Paper Birds was kind enough to run a workshop with us. She shared some ‘behind the scenes’ tips about her work style and helped us develop our umbrella theme of Girlhood by adding a central storyline to the piece.

As well as that, she told us more about Paper Birds’ verbatim theatrical style and helped us put our word-for-word testimonies from interviews we’ve done around our theme on their feet with fun drama exercises. 

Finally, Kylie left us with one important tip: she advised us to ‘provoke change through the theatre we create in the most breath-taking, dramatic way we envision’.

The workshops certainly inspired the students and we look forward to seeing the finished pieces later this term