Presented by The Paper Birds
Wednesday 28th March 2012
Thirsty tells the story of women's relationship with drinking. It aims
to explain why we Brits, in particular British women, love drinking. The
Paper Birds theatre company set up a hotline and blog, inviting women
to share their experience with alcohol.
They then shared the stories they heard by referring to the women who
called in as 'she'. She likes a glass of wine after she puts the baby
to bed, she likes to have a bottle or two with dinner or she likes to
drink to get drunk to let go of the strains life puts on her.
Jemma and Kylie are their real names, and they really have been friends
since university, but as they began to go through the motions of acting
out all these scenarios, the performance fell a bit short. It felt like
we were at an after school special more than a theatre production. The
points they raised were all relevant, and the dangers they pointed out
are all real, but I think this would have been better aimed at school
I took my sister with me to see it, the stories hit home with both of
us as we laughed at our own drinking horror stories afterwards, but it
wasn't useful to us as we have already made our life choices, nor was
it entertaining enough to be worth seeing on its own merit. Perhaps children
in their early teens would have gotten more out of it. Both Jemma and
Kylie seemed to relish being onstage, and both threw themselves fully
into each role, but this would be better suited to a school workshop than
an evening at the theatre for adults.