‘The dead are invisible, they are not absent’ St Augustine
Birth is a powerfully sensitive new piece of visual theatre about being on a precipice, losing and creating a new life.
Emily is six months pregnant when she reads her grandmother's journal. Delving into the depths of her family history triggers a shift in her sense of reality, unveiling a legacy of unspoken tragedies, courage and unconditional love.
Established in 2009, Theatre Re is a London-based international ensemble creating thought-provoking and moving work. Its shows examine fragile human conditions in compelling, physical style, embracing mime, theatre and live music. Close collaborations with appropriate community groups and experts in different fields including science, philosophy and public health throughout the devising process play a crucial part in the development of its work.
Birth was inspired by the field of psychogenealogy, Frida Kahlo and interviews with women. The live, original music score is by Alex Judd.
Theatre Re’s previous productions have successfully toured the UK and internationally.
Praise for previous shows:
"Theatre Re creates an entrancing, poignant world’" Edinburgh Spotlight
"Profoundly moving… an action-packed celebration of life" BBC Radio 4 Front Row
"An explosive, joyous celebration" Exeunt
"A visually stunning production you won’t soon forget" Broadway World
"Breathtakingly beautiful" The List
There will be a post-show talk with the cast and creative team
Funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England
Co-commissioned by London International Mime Festival, The Point Eastleigh and South Hill Park
Supported by Shoreditch Town Hall, The Lowry and the University of Kent
Photo credit: Carol Edrich