Birth

Theatre (physical theatre, music)

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Description

Following a sell-out run at London International Mime Festival 2019, Theatre Re presents a powerful, poignant and uplifting visual theatre piece with live music exploring the bond between three generations of women, their shared loss and the strength they discover in each other. Emily is eight months pregnant when she reads her grandmother's journal. As she delves into her family history, her sense of reality shifts, unveiling a legacy of unspoken tragedies and unconditional love. 'Sensitive, adept, absorbing' (Donald Hutera). Previous productions by Theatre Re include The Nature of Forgetting and Blind Man's Song.

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  • Accessible entry: Queue in cobbled courtyard. Access to space via locked lift ask staff or at Box Office.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 11- 20
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Clive Holmes 78 days ago

I saw this group at the Salisbury theatre earlier this year "The nature of forgetting" which I loved and so I was keen to see them again in this production. Birth was a beautiful, sad and technically brilliant. Truly difficult to fault and one of my favourites of the fringe this year BUT I would have to agree with another reviewer ( I also felt the same about the previous production) that it would have been better for being 15 mins shorter. Sometimes less is more.

Philip 82 days ago

Theatre Re has triumphed again with one of the best shows on the fringe. In an almost wordless piece, we experience all of life through the eyes of three generations of women. Heartstopping. Do go and see it.

Emily Young 83 days ago

I've told everyone I know to go and see this. It's incredibly moving and technically flawless, with each movement flowing into the next so that the effect is like watching a hypnotic river. So inventive. Was fighting back tears the whole way through. The show is about so much more than just Birth and depth of the content is difficult to convey. Even if you don't think physical theatre is for you, watch this - you may surprise yourself.

James 83 days ago

I normally can't stand physical theatre, and this made me cry - truly beautiful

Jane Jackson 83 days ago

This is the second production I have seen by Theatre Re at the Fringe and it did not disappoint. The performance is spellbinding, moving and life affirming. The piece seamlessly moves from one vignette to another marking the small but important events that make up a life lived in the loving embrace of one's family. My favourite event at this years festival.

Phil 85 days ago

A meandering but well performed minimalist score is accompanied by some walking and messing about with sheets for 60 minutes.

Brian Felsen 85 days ago

Loved this show! Splendidly conceived physical theater that used a simple set to show three generations of family life. Really moving, with perfectly-executed movement and acting to create magic on stage - their use of occlusion (with a sheet) was astonishing, and led to cinematic thematic transitions underscored by the music. A new kind of dance theater, drawing on disparate traditions to create something fresh but accessible. Highly recommended.

Liz Daly 86 days ago

My pick of this year's Fringe. Brilliantly staged and performed. A moving view through the window of a family's life, loves and relationships affected by loss of a child. If you only see one show this year, make it this one.

Jane Wilson 86 days ago

I enjoyed the delightfully clever staging but the emotional punch of the material stayed with me for the rest of the day! Highly recommended!

Chris Green 91 days ago

This is the second Theatre Re production I have seen at the Fringe, 'The Nature of Forgetting' two years ago having left me in pieces two years ago. 'Birth' doesn't have the fractured physicality in both the music and the staging that that production had, but Theatr Re's productions seem to have a way of creeping up on you emotionally. What seemed initially to be a fairly conventional (if unconventionally staged) tale of maternal love across generations turned into something deeper, darker and altogether more poignant as tragedies of stillbirth and miscarriage were revealed. The production's final message of the power of the bonds within families was far stronger as a result.

Julie Phillips 92 days ago

One of the first shows we saw this year. We’re have seen 46 by the end of today. This is way up there on my ‘must see list’ should anyone ask. Exceptional. We’ll be looking out for this company next year. Well done.

Wendy Wastnidge 94 days ago

Loved this play. The delivery was absolutely fantastic; captivating, emotional with endearing characters. Just brilliant.

Kay Flaherty 95 days ago

I completely loved this. So emotional to watch, the scene changes were really clever, I got over it about two hours after the show. Loved it loved it, one of my two favourites at Fringe.

Hanne 96 days ago

Beautifully played. Could probably have been about 20 minute shorter, but absolutely loved the delivery of the concept.

Andrea Helene 96 days ago

Absolutely brilliant and deeply moving piece of theater, this is the show I tell everyone to go see!! "Birth" offers humanity, grace, depth, creativity, ingenuity and ultimately a very personal rendition of a universal story. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

Sam Cheung 96 days ago

A little slow-paced, but otherwise a moving piece of physical theatre telling the story of three generations of mothers linked by birth and miscarriage. Great choreography with some lovely touches and beautiful moments.

Richard Ward 98 days ago

Innovative physical theatre - definitely worth going to see.

jane aitman 98 days ago

Stunning. Many times was I moved to tears by this original and profound performance. So thrilled I managed to see it.

Penny Wilson 99 days ago

GREAT SHOW! Unusual and innovative staging, flawlessly performed! Clever, touching, and the music is fantastic. Highly recommended!

Amy Johnson 102 days ago

Do not hesitate to book this show. It is poignant, with beautiful physical performances and heart wrenching live musical score. It had us all in bits, for different reasons, and touches on humanity and female legacy like no show I have seen before. Go go go!


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The Stage [paywall] (4/5 stars) 81 days ago

Theatre Re celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. In that time, thanks largely to 2014’s Blind Man’s Song and 2017’s The Nature of Forgetting, Guillaume Pigé’s company has garnered a global reputation for elegant, ethereal mime shows that beautifully blend movement and music. Birth, the company’s new project, is no...

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Mind the Blog (5/5 stars) 83 days ago

Through a combination of physical theatre and music, Theatre Re tell an emotional story that cries out to be heard – incredibly well performed and an absolute must-see.

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The Arts Desk (5/5 stars) 86 days ago

Birth is a ravishingly beautiful, spellbinding piece of work, performed with panache and utter conviction. And it’s a joy to experience a show seen so firmly from the perspectives of women of different ages, without that ever feeling foregrounded or self-conscious. It’s a bittersweet joy from start to finish.

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 88 days ago

From under the folds of a giant sheet, the stories of three generations of women emerge, their shared relationships and experiences of giving birth forming an epic dance of life’s ongoing journey. ...

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theartsdesk.com 90 days ago

Birth is a ravishingly beautiful, spellbinding piece of work, performed with panache and utter conviction. And it’s a joy to experience a show seen so firmly from the perspectives of women of different ages, without that ever feeling foregrounded or self-conscious. It’s a bittersweet joy from start to finish.

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Theatre Weekly (5/5 stars) 91 days ago

This is possibly one of the most beautifully designed, and most emotionally charged pieces of theatre I’ve ever seen take to the stage. It’s bravery, complexity and elegance is awe-inspiring to watch, and if this were a painting it would be hanging in the National Gallery, for Birth is nothing short of a masterpiece.

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 91 days ago

Life and death, love and loss, birth and miscarriage are all explored in this visual cycle of life.Birth deals with the familial stories of three generations of women and their partners. Parallels are drawn between each woman’s experience as told through a handed down dairy. From critically acclaimed Theatre Ru...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 93 days ago

Theatre Re are no strangers to exploring sensitive and often unspoken subjects. Last year they brought to the world a play about dementia. This year they open our eyes to the subject of miscarriage, an ordeal...

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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 95 days ago

What do you remember most about your mother? Watching this beautiful and moving production, I couldn’t help but think back fondly to my own childhood. Telling the story of three generations of mothers, through birth, love and loss, the incredibly slick movement and mesmerising score combined to create a masterclass...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 96 days ago

The most intimate and personal of human experiences are made grand and expansive in this captivating performance from company Theatre Re. Developed in partnership with academics and following research with those affected by its themes, Birth tells the story of three generations of women dealing with the evolution of family...

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FringeReview 98 days ago

Conceived and directed by Guillaume Page and devised by the company, Birth explores the stories of three generations of women and their partners as they experience falling in love, parenthood and loss.  Taking its cue from a handed down diary, it draws parallels and makes connections between the women’s experiences....

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Whats On Stage (4/5 stars) 99 days ago

Theatre Re, which has now been creating work for a solid decade, excels at transforming small, intimate stories into whirling, viscerally physical extravagance. The same applies to the company's new piece Birth, which was first seen at this year's London International Mime Festival where it generated a big wad of...

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