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Feel Me

Feel Me (Play) production archive for QTIX code T185329660. Details of all Feel Me archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1658636231

Current Listings

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Archive Listings

30 Apr 24
1 May 24
The Tobacco Factory Theatres
Bristol, City of Bristol
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26 Apr 24Norden Farm Centre for the Arts
Maidenhead, Berkshire
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27 Mar 24
28 Mar 24
Greenwich Theatre
Outer London, Greater London
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25 Mar 24
26 Mar 24
Northcott Theatre
Exeter, Devon
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19 Mar 24
20 Mar 24
Mercury Theatre
Colchester, Essex
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27 Feb 24
28 Feb 24
Stephen Joseph Theatre
Scarborough, North Yorkshire
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22 Feb 24The ShowRoom
Chichester, West Sussex
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20 Feb 24
21 Feb 24
Theatre Royal
Bath, Bath & North East Somerset
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7 Feb 24
8 Feb 24
Lawrence Batley Theatre
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
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Feel Me archiveWho do you care about and why? Feel Me is a new interactive theatre show from The Paper Birds, UK leaders in devised verbatim theatre. Feel Me asks, via your mobile phone, who and what you care about from the stories unfolding live on stage in front of you. A stunning mixture of live performance, film, projection, dance and music, Feel Me will explore the different lenses through which we are told, and connect to stories in the modern digital world. Worlds unfold from backpacks, and tents are constructed and dismantled again, each scene and location temporary, like a transient teenager in search of safety, acceptance and a new place to call home. An interrogation of empathy, Feel Me asks what makes us 'feel' for another person, as we journey through landscapes and across borders, through weather storms and paperwork, changing seasons, endless queues and interviews. Feel Me is made by The Paper Birds in partnership with Theatre Centre. A co-production with New Wolsey Theatre. Supported by Padepokan Seni Bagong Kussudiardja and The Point, Eastleigh. Funded by British Council International Collaboration & Arts Council England.


Lil McGibbon, Daz Scott, Kiren Virdee


Author: Jemma McDonnell
Presented by: The Paper Birds
Director(s): Jemma McDonnell, Kylie Perry, Munya Muchati (film director / movement consultant)
Design(s): Imogen Melhuish, Ben Glover (video)
Sound: Fraser Owen
Music: Fraser Owen
Other(s): Bella Meyersohn (video associate), Kris Sum (data visualisation coding consultant), Fraser Owen (touring technician)
Lighting: Mat Spencer (and technical consultant)



Chris M: 28Mar24: Star Rating

The show tries to build empathy by telling a story of a single displaced person, but does so in an abstract way where the audience never gets to know the character - doesn't quite meet the show's aim. The story is retold multiple times through various art forms, dance, projection, video etc. It feels like a recent graduate has tried to fit all of the techniques they've learned into the show, rather than them being additive. None of the repeated versions add anything to the narrative, except for runtime. Lastly, the use of audience participation via smartphones, lauded in other reviews, is incredibly shallow, it doesn't help us connect with the character or the story. The questions asked of the audience are leading, e.g., you're asked if you feel empathy with forced displacement three times throughout the show - the audience knows the desire of the showmakers is for empathy to increase over time, to not answer in the positive is to be a contrarian. Would suggest going back to the drawing board, and asking what is the objective behind the show - if it's truly about raising awareness and empathy for forced displacement (and not purely artistic grandstanding) then creating a show where the character and their story really shines would be better.

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