Theatre Royal Plymouth

The Paper Birds present



Tuesday 3 - Saturday 7 March 2015 Download Calendar

The Drum


Question: Sally is British and broke. If Britain owes over £900 billion in national debt and Sally has been on minimum wage for most of her working life with the interest on her debt being equal to her monthly outgoings, then who is more broke, Britain or Sally?

Based on interviews taken across the UK in 2014, multi award winners The Paper Birds explore, with real life stories from the front line of poverty and debt, what it means to be broke in this visually stunning new production. A heartfelt and urgent look at the debt of a Nation from displaced families and gambling addictions to beans on toast.

Post Show Q&A: Wed 04 Mar
Recommended for everyone aged 12+
Running Time: 1hr (approx)

‘Broke is a passionate and thoughtful show… exposing painful lies about poverty’

The Scotsman

Pricing & Concessions

Full price:

All concessions:

Please note: Prices include a 70p per ticket booking fee.


Using their trademarks of physical and verbatim theatre, the Paper Birds have created a piece of work about debt that is honest and searingly painful. By concentrating on intensely personal stories – including their own – they have found the universal.


This is a theatre that is engaging and changes you.


It is hard to recommend this production highly enough and its education value makes it essential viewing. A truly refreshing company providing an insightful thought provoking, inspiring and challenging production.


This piece has struck the right balance between theatre, art and important modern issues. It looks deeply into what poverty, class and debt means to us today in a concise and clear way. The inventive ideas are incredibly entertaining and the different views you see will have you debating and thinking long after the show is over.

this piece breaks through the biased view of benefits to examine the everyday struggle and stress that most people deal with to make ends meet

a refreshingly unadulterated message


A timely reminder of the bitter malady from which our society suffers

Education Workshop

Date: Tuesday 3rd – Friday 6th March
Venue: Production and Learning centre, TR2 or in your school
Workshop Length: 2 hours or 4 hours
Price: £200 (+VAT) for a 2 hour workshop, or £300 (+VAT) for a 4 hour workshop
Maximum: 25 participants, age guidance 12+
This session enables participants to explore common devising practices employed by The Paper Birds. Encouraging participants to develop skills in creating their own material, the focus is on how to turn research and interviews into performance. This session will also explore creating motifs and how to structure a multi-layered performance, equipping participants with the tools to develop their own research into visually engaging political theatre.

To discuss how your school or college can work with the Theatre Royal Plymouth or to book a workshop please contact:

Sally Waters, Young People’s Officer
T: 01752 230375 E:

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