Play looks at drinking culture

The cast of Thirsty, which is comin g to the Seaton Delaval Arts Centre this Saturday.
The cast of Thirsty, which is comin g to the Seaton Delaval Arts Centre this Saturday.
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A play that looks at our obsession with drink is coming to south east Northumberland this weekend.

We’re constantly hearing about how much we all drink. What’s going on with us and alcohol? Why are we such a boozy, thirsty nation?

‘Thirsty’ weaves together real stories, memories and booze-based confessions, collected by The​ Paper Birds from a ‘drunken hotline’ and an online questionnaire.

The show is coming to Seaton Delaval Arts Centre this Saturday for one night only, and hopes to bring a work that is important, culturally, socially and politically observational, and conversationally urgent.

With live music and stunning physical theatre, these stories tell of lost memories and traumas, bruised knees, uncontrollable laughter and sore heads, particularly focusing on the women waving the flag for ‘Booze-Britain’.

Delving beyond statistics, facts and figures, Thirsty looks to the faces and the voices of everyone who likes a drink and asks why, as a nation, are we so thirsty?

Jemma McDonnell and Kylie Walsh pay particular attention to the drinking habits of young women, including themselves.

The Paper Birds’s productions will always emerge from a female perspective and often this female voice will prioritise stories of women.

Thirsty has been created in association with the National Theatre Studio, The Junction, The Lawrence Batley Theatre, Lincolnshire One Venues, Stage@Leeds and the Arts Council England.

The play coincides with Alcohol Awareness Week which runs until Sunday, November 23.

Thirsty will be at the Seaton Delaval Arts Centre on Saturday, November 22, startingat 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £8 for adults and £6 for concessions and are available online from or by calling (0191) 237 5460.