Tilting the Mirror (2007/8)

Jaybird's first live literature show - a co-production with Millfield Theatre, touring to UK theatres and arts centres. Its theme? Love.

How we described it ...

'A man whose love is like an origami swan, a boy who gives his mum a bubble-gum tattoo for mothers’ day, the couple who steal a mirror from a skip under cover of the night. The poems and fiction in Tilting the Mirror brim with characters who are struggling and juggling with love – the finding, keeping and understanding of it.

The specially selected work of poets Jean Sprackland and Greta Stoddart and short story writer Ray Robinson is presented in a lightly staged live literature performance.

Jean’s poems display a subtle, sexy humour says Carol Ann Duffy, while Greta’s are deceptively serene but always musical, always true according to Jo Shapcott. The Guardian described Ray’s writing as wry, ingenuous, hugely compassionate. Jean and Greta are generous and engaging readers of their own work, Ray’s story will be performed by an actor.

As we love our partners, parents or children, Tilting the Mirror will show us our reflections. These poems and stories cast bright lights on the lives and loves of our own.'

Production Credits

Produced by Jaybird Live Literature and Millfield Theatre

Directed by Phoebe Stout

Set Design by Katherine Law

Lighting design by John Castle

Sound Design by Medina Sound

The Writers

Tilting the Mirror featured the fiction of Ray Robinson performed by David Lockwood, and the poetry of Jean Sprackland and Greta Stoddart performed by themselves.

Tour Dates

Millfield Theatre, Nordern Farm Arts Centre, Maidenhead, Southport Arts Centre, New Theatre / Cygnet Training Theatre, Exeter, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham

Audience Feedback

The audience said ... ‘Inspirational, lyrical, well-rehearsed, beautifully conceived’, ‘Innovative, dramatic, tender, exploratory, rewarding’, ‘Surprising, fascinating, moving, elegant and thought-provoking’.