Sea levels are rising. Wildlife is becoming extinct. We’re drowning in plastic.
But everyone is using Paper Straws, isn’t that something?
Taking place in changing time frames, we follow the lives of three people brought up through the 'liferaft' system - a scheme that re-homes children from places deemed unlivable because of the changing climate. Now in their adult lives, and each having very different relationships to how climate change has shaped their identities, they get a calling: it's time to step up and do something.
Part surreal comedy, part family drama set against the backdrop of our looming climate catastrophe, the characters are forced to decide 'how far would you go to save the world'?
Please note: Paper Straws is an experiment in sustainable theatre-making, from the rehearsal room to the stage. This performance is a Work In Progress.
Cast and further creative team to be announced.
PearShaped is a theatre and performance company founded by Jess Daniels, Katie Caden and Rachael Smith. They collaborate with artists to make socially and environmentally conscious, female-led performance.
Their first show CONQUEST tackled sex education, period stigma, revenge and rage in the post Me-Too era. Think Calendar Girls meets Fight Club. CONQUEST premiered at VAULT Festival 2018 before transferring to The Bunker.
Directed by Jess Daniels, Resident Director of the Olivier Award winning Girl from the North Country. Other credits include: Connect NOW Monologues (The Old Vic); Connie Wookey: Denied (Soho Theatre); The Butterfly Lion (The Barn Theatre): A Pupil (Park Theatre, Off West End nominated). Written by Katie Caden, alumnus of the Soho Theatre Writer’s Lab. Other Credits include: Are YOU Happy Now at (Camden People’s Theatre) and Monochrome (Theatre 503)Book Now
Praise for previous work, CONQUEST (VAULT Festival and the Bunker 2018)
London Theatre 1 ★★★★
Pint and A Play ★★★★
Breaking The Fourth Wall ★★★★
The Spy In The Stalls ★★★★ “This voice... is sharp, witty, at times self-deprecating and shamelessly honest. Katie Caden’s script is a gift”
“All of these exciting parts are expertly woven together by Jess Daniels, whose direction has formed a show that is clean and crisp, but also charged with life and excitement for the audience.”
A Younger Theatre "Every detail of this piece has a point, without doing it to death, keeping it interesting and possibly even educating [...] a production to be seen by all.
British Theatre Guide "Maybe men should be less conservative in their theatre choices. This is a Conquest they should be boasting they have seen."
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