Handheld Arts




"an impressive and affecting piece of theatre"
"poignant and absorbing... an extraordinary and
memorable piece of storytelling"
Fringe Guru

"This is a powerful compelling play, in which
you feel yourself sucked into the story, and
it is stunning."
The Edinburgh Reporter

"an outstanding play. ...unforgettable"
"fiercely intelligent, compassionate and
sometimes unbearably moving production"

"Impressive stuff"
Three Weeks
by Alexander Garfath, Sara S, Sarah-Jane Wingrove and Ilana Winterstein.

Paper Tom is a timely new play that follows the stories of two British soldiers almost 100 years apart: one from the First World War, and the second in present-day Afghanistan. This powerful and thought provoking production traces the parallel challenges of what happens to soldiers and their loved-ones once the adrenaline of active service has faded.

“I was delighted and moved by this clever, witty and inventive piece of theatre” Buxton Festival Review
Previously performed as a work-in-development at Pulse Fringe '10 and Stratford Circus. Previewed at Buxton Festival Fringe 2011. Premiered at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011. Performed as part of Exeter Ignite Festival 2012.
Handheld Arts would like to thank veterans charity Talking2Minds for their assistance during our research, with special thanks to Mick Stott, Debbie Nel, Matt Wadsworth and Dave Watts.

Autumn 2012 Tour

27 October - The Broadway, Barking (7:30pm)
2 November - The Gulbenkian, Kent (7:30pm)
5 November - Harpenden Public Halls, Herts (7:30pm)
7 November - The Garage, Norwich (7:30pm)
8 November - Riverhouse Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey (7:30pm)
10 November -The Lowry, Salford (8pm)
11 November - Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax (4pm)
15 November - Arts Centre Washington, Tyne and Wear (7:30pm)
17 November - Buxton Opera House: Pavilion Arts Centre Studio (7:30pm)

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. www.artscouncil.org.uk

Reviews: Exeter Ignite Festival 2012
Remotegoat *****

Reviews: Edinburgh Fringe 2011
The Edinburgh Reporter ***** | Three Weeks **** |

Reviews: Buxton Festival Fringe 2011 (Edinburgh Previews)
Fringe Guru ***** | Buxton Festival Fringe

Research and development supported by Arts Council England and Theatre Venture.

Performance History

Pulse 10 Festival, Ipswich - Sir John Mills Theatre
29 May 2010 (work-in-development)

Stratford Circus - C2
13 November 2010 (Research & Development Performance)

Buxton Festival Fringe - Pavilion Arts Centre Studio (Underground Venues)
18-19, 21-22 July 2011 (Edinburgh Previews)

Edinburgh Festival Fringe - Hill Street Theatre (ReMarkable Arts)
5-9, 11-16, 18-23, 25-29 August 2011

Exeter Ignite Festival - The Bike Shed Theatre
2-4 July 2012

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Handheld Arts are a collective of theatre and arts practitioners, who are a combination of graduates of the Central School of Speech and Drama's MA in Advanced Theatre Practice and BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education.

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