Paper Wings speak louder than words with family show

Rhubarb Theatre’s latest production, Paper Wings, took an all-age audience at Surfleet Village Hall on Bank Holiday Monday back to the days when children’s characters entertained without words.

The Clangers, Bod, Morph and even In The Night Garden could sit comfortably alongside the tale of Tataao and her mother who escape war in their homeland to start a new life in a strange land.

Padre and Tatao from Rhubarb Theatre's production, Paper Wings, with Laura Kavanagh of Transported.

Padre and Tatao from Rhubarb Theatre's production, Paper Wings, with Laura Kavanagh of Transported.

They meet a host of characters, including a strange ticket inspector, over-sensitive teacher and the homeowner from hell as they try to settle down in a less than comfortable environment.

Children and their parents went through a host of emotions as they sat and watched Tatao and her mum eventually find their way back home where a once imprisoned dad and husband was waiting for them.

But it was only when one of the cast, Kirsty Mead, revealed that the show was based on the idea of being “vulnerable” in a foreign land, that its significance to South Holland struck home.

Kirsty said: “About three years ago, I went to Australia and walked into a park full of strange creatures and birds I didn’t recognise.

“I felt very vulnerable and thought about Lincolnshire where a lot of people have come to our county, speaking a different language.

“Paper Wings is about putting ourselves in the shoes of somebody else.”