Sherman Cymru & Royal Exchange Theatre

Bird at the Royal Exchange Theatre


8 - 25 June 2016
Monday & Saturday evenings, 7.30pm
Thursday & Saturday matinees, 2.30pm
No Matinee Performance: Thursday 9 June, 2.30pm

Book tickets:
0161 833 9833


Concessions £10

More information

**** The Guardian
**** The Stage
***** Young Critics
**** Western Mail



Contains strong language

Running time: 75 minutes, no interval

By Katherine Chandler
Director Rachel O'Riordan
Received the Judges Award in the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.

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  • Reviews
  • Cast & Team

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

Winner of a Judges Award in the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, this is the World Premiere of BIRD a stunningly poetic new play by Welsh playwright Katherine Chandler. Directed by Sherman Theatre';s Artistic Director, Rachel O'Riordan, this is a story of unstoppable friendship.

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.

Click for interview with Georgia Henshaw and Rosie Sheehy.

Click for interview with Siwan Morris.

Click for interview with Guy Rhys and Connor Allen


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Book tickets through Royal Exchange online or by callling 0161 833 9833.

Show Times

Wed 8 June 2016 7.30pm
Thu 9 June 2016 7.30pm (SOLD OUT)
Fri 10 June 2016 7.30pm
Sat 11 June 2016 7.30pm
Mon 13 June 2016 7.30pm
Tue 14 June 2016 7.30pm
Wed 15 June 2016


Thu 16 June 2016 2.30pm
Thu 16 June 2016 7.30pm
Fri 17 June 2016 7.30pm
Sat 18 June 2016 2.30pm
Sat 18 June 2016 7.30pm
Mon 20 June 2016 7.30pm
Tue 21 June 2016 7.30pm
Wed 22 June 2016 7.30pm
Thu 23 June 2016 2.30pm
Thu 23 June 2016 7.30pm
Fri 24 June 2016 7.30pm
Sat 25 June 2016 2.30pm
Sat 25 June 2016 7.30pm


★★★★ "A fragile teenage tale with a fiercely beating heart. Katherine Chandler’s award-winning play about two girls living in a care home takes flight under the superb direction of Rachel O’Riordan." The Guardian

★★★★ "Intense and powerful production of a play that refuses to look away" The Stage

★★★★ “Georgia Henshaw gives such a remarkable performance as the Bird, Ava; physically and verbally skittish, nervous, raw and fragile. The entire evening is dependent on her performance and the evening belongs to this powerhouse actress.” Wales Online

★★★★ “A well spent hour that’ll have you thinking hard and feeling deeply.” The Reviews Hub

★★★ “She's a beautifully drawn character, Ava; a knot of contradictions. Knowledgeable in some respects, ignorant in others; wide-eyed with wonder but guarded too. She flits from overt sexuality to gawkiness, and Georgia Henshaw, always twitching and rearranging herself, catches both her vigour and her vulnerability.” What's On Stage

★★★★★ “Very rarely do you leave the theatre in, slightly paralysing, awe. A play as impacting as ‘Bird’ is not to be missed!” Young Critics

★★★★★ “Katherine Chandler yet again strikes a burning match with her words and invites the audience into a world that many feel they cannot or will not understand” Young Critics

"The tale may be tragically familiar, but it is told with great warmth and freshness, and Henshaw’s performance should not be missed." The British Theatre Guide

Cast & Team

Creative Team

By Katherine Chandler

Director Rachel O'Riordan

Designer Kenny Miller

Lighting Designer Kevin Treacy

Composer and Sound Designer Simon Slater

Assistant Director Elgan Rhys

Casting Director Sophie Parrott CDG


Ava - Georgia Henshaw

Claire - Siwan Morris

Dan - Connor Allen

Lee - Guy Rhys

Tash - Rosie Sheehy



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