If We Were Birds is a shocking, uncompromising examination of the horrors of war, giving voice to a woman long ago forced into silence, and placing a spotlight on millions of female victims who have been silenced through violence. A deeply affecting and thought-provoking reimagining of Ovid's masterpiece ‘Tereus, Procne, and Philomela’, Erin Shields's award-winning play is an unflinching commentary on contemporary war and its aftermath delivered through the lens of Greek tragedy.
Plays by Erin Shields
In a sweaty hotel room, a lonely businessman and a young woman meet for sex. Somewhere between reality and fantasy, the sex becomes talk and the talk becomes dangerous. Nothing is off limits in this battle of morality, economics and desire. This witty, dark and sexually charged play by Governor General's Award–winner Erin Shields shines a light on the complexities of sex tourism and our preconceptions about love.
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Erin Shields is a Toronto-based playwright and actor who trained at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in London, England. She is a founding member of Groundwater Productions, through which she creates and develops most of her work. Other works include Montparnasse, winner of the Alberta Theatre Projects's Enbridge Emerging Playwrights Award, The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Unfortunate Misadventures of Masha Galinski and Dance of the Red Skirts. Erin Shields is also a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre.