Award winning play hits Edinburgh Fringe. Performing each day 4th - 11th Aug at 1.50pm. Mint Studio at Greenside@ Infirmary St.

Following a successful tour of the South West, including an award winning run at the All England Theatre Festival, Quirky Bird Theatre brings the beautifully crafted and emotional maelstrom 'That Face' by Royal Court writer Polly Stenham.






This phenomenal debut text was originally performed at the Royal Court Theatre in 2007 with Lindsey Duncan and Matt Smith going head to head as Martha and Henry. It went on to win several awards including the Evening Standard's 2007 Charles Wintour Award the Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright and the 2007 Theatrical Management Association Award for Best New Play.


Praise for That Face;


"This is one of the most astonishing debuts I have seen in more than 30 years of theatre reviewing. In every respect this is a remarkable and unforgettable piece of theatre."

"Blackly Comic....darkly exuberant"


Quirky Bird Theatre's production won several awards

in the regional heats of the All England Theatre

Festival including Best Female Performer for Louise

Thomas as Martha, Best Direction for Anna Friend

and Best Supporting Actor for Jamie Carter as Henry.

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Praise for Quirky Bird's Production


‘Quirky Bird Theatre’ work with young actors, offering them the chance to perform in productions of professional quality and should be commended on their current choice of text. In having ‘That Face’ performed by young people, a deepened dimension of vulnerability comes to light which further enhances the character’s emotional desperation. Stenham presents three characters who have become the product of a family separation. Mia and her brother Henry are virtually left parentless. Their father (who is seldom heard from) is living in China with his new wife, and their alcoholic mother, Martha, has no capacity to nurture them. Instead, she relies on Henry to look after her, keeping him closely bound by a deeply inappropriate oedipal bond, whilst making her loathing of Mia painfully vocal.

Artistic Director, Anna Friend, develops delicate nuances of sensitivity within her young actors, as their unstable world moves into greater turmoil. A remarkable amount of depth is drawn out in their acting, through a carefully considered and highly discerning interpretation of this text. When watching this production, one can’t help but feel drawn into the angst and uncertainty these young people must be experiencing. This is a very sincere production, which tackles the complex themes of this play with a great sense of maturity and professionalism.


Naia Headland


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