World Premiere


A Royal Exchange Theatre and Sherman Cymru co-production.

  • By Katherine Chandler. Directed by Rachel O’Riordan.
  • 8 June 2016 - 25 June 2016
  • The Studio

You know what Ava means?
That’s what you are.
You’re a little bird.

Ava and Tash are up on a cliff. Looking out at the flocking birds. And at their future.

On the cusp of adulthood and leaving the care home they’ve always known, the friends test their freedoms and practise living in the world.

Ava confronts the mother she left behind. Tash looks for a home. And both girls live dangerously with the men who surround them.

Raw, delicate and bold, this is a story about growing up outside a family but inside the fiercest of friendships.

Winner of a Judges award in the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, this is the world premiere of a stunningly poetic new play by Welsh playwright Katherine Chandler.

Katherine Chandler is Playwright in Residence at Sherman Cymru, where BIRD will run during May 2016. Tickets to go on sale in the New Year. More Information

‘I’m fascinated by how people cope with the challenges and changes in life without the basic foundations of love and family. Bird explores the absence of those two things and the impact they might have on us. But it’s essentially a story about friendship and love, found against the odds.’ Katherine Chandler

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  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Studio

    PERFORMANCE DATES: Wednesday 8 June - Saturday 25 June 2016

    Monday – Saturday evenings, 7.30pm
    Thursday & Saturday matinees, 2.30pm 
    No Matinee Performance: Thursday 9 June, 2.30pm

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    TICKET PRICES: All seats £12 and concessions £10

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    BOOK TICKETS: Box Office 0161 833 9833 / online  

    How to book

    RUNNING TIME: 75 Minutes - No Interval

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  • Creative Team
  • DIRECTOR Rachel O'Riordan

    DESIGNER Kenny Miller

    LIGHTING Kevin Treacy



  • Related Events
  • After Show Discussion... BIRD
    Wednesday 22 June 2016, following 7.30pm show
    Tickets not needed. To book tickets for 7.30pm show click here.

    Our after show discussions are a chance to see the latest production in a whole new light. After the performance, members of the cast and creative team return to the stage to answer questions from the audience - why not join the discussion, ask your own questions and enjoy an insider's glimpse into the production process? 

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