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Birds of Paradise to tour with critically acclaimed dark comedy

Another bloody serious comedy from Birds of Paradise Theatre Company!

Scotland’s preeminent disability-led theatre company Birds of Paradise are set to mark their 30th anniversary with a UK wide tour of their dark comedy thriller Don’t Make Tea. A witty ridiculing of the welfare state, the show explores a futuristic benefits regime through the assessment of Chris as she is forced to claim benefits. With bitingly satirical dialogue, and cutting-edge accessible staging interwoven through the show, Don’t Make Tea confronts the lengths disabled people must go to in order to preserve themselves in an unjust system.

In the year 2030, fiercely independent Chris has no choice but to give up her job when her condition deteriorates. Forced to claim benefits, she is paid a visit by the spirited WorkPay employee Ralph, who is tasked with assessing her suitability for aid under the new regime. As it becomes increasingly apparent that the new system Ralph places so much faith in has little intension of granting Chris the assistance she needs, she must confront just how far she must be willing to go to save herself.

Seamlessly blending the bleak realities of attempting to claim benefits with laugh-out-loud black comedy, Don’t Make Tea is an intensely absurd, wildly entertaining illustration of a plausible near future. Birds of Paradise are thrilled to be bringing this production to audiences around the UK, after an acclaimed run at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre in 2022.

All performances are captioned and have creatively embedded BSL interpretation and audio description.

Writer Rob Drummond, Director Robert Softley Gale, Designer Kenneth Macleod, Lighting Designer Grant Anderson, AV Designer Jamie MacDonald, Composer Scott Twynholm, Creative Producer Mairi Taylor, Producer Michelle Rolfe.

Cast: Chris Gillian Dean Able Neil John Gibson Ralph Aidan Scott Frances Emery Hunter Jude Nicola Chegwin

Don’t Make Tea:  Thursday 21st March 2024 - Friday 19th April 2024

Further information: Don't. Make. Tea. - Birds of Paradise Theatre Company