Ava and Tash are up on a cliff, looking out at the flocking birds – and at their future. On the cusp of adulthood and about to leave the care home they’ve shared, the two friends road-test their impending freedom and living in the outside world.
Ava must confront the mother she left behind. Tash will have to look for a new home. And both girls will go on living dangerously with the men who surround them.
Raw, delicate and bold, Katherine Chandler’s play Bird is a story of growing up outside a family but inside the fiercest of friendships. It was the winner of a Judges’ Award in the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, and premiered at Sherman Cymru in 2016 before transferring to the Royal Exchange, Manchester.
‘The writing has a blasted beauty… like its teenage protagonists, [it is] a small, fragile thing with a fiercely beating heart’
‘Uncompromising in its fury… a play that refuses to look away’
— The Stage
‘A story that has to be told… [will] have you thinking hard and feeling deeply’
— The Public Reviews
Judges Award, Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting