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Paper Dolls - Tricycle Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

PAPER Dolls, a new play with music, receives its world premiere at the Tricycle Theatre, where it runs from March 6 (previews from February 28) to April 13, 2013.

Paper Dolls is written by Philip Himberg and is adapted from the documentary film by Tomer Heymann, which has won multiple awards including three at the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival.

You know, Yossi, we couldn’t dress like this in the Philippines… wear earrings, dye my hair, put on make up, lipstick. It’s forbidden.

In Tel Aviv, Israel, a group of Filipino immigrants work as live-in care-givers for elderly Orthodox Jewish men. Six days a week, they provide dedicated support to their employers. But on the seventh day, they transform into a homespun, sassy musical drag act – the Paper Dolls!

Paper Dolls is an extraordinary true story exploring an unlikely collision of cultures and the universal desire to find ‘home’.

Paper Dolls is directed by Indhu Rubasingham, who became artistic director of the Tricycle Theatre in May 2012.

Philip Himberg is a writer and director and is the Producing Artistic Director of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program: one of the North America’s foremost theatre development organisations. He directed the World Premiere of Terrence McNally’s Some Men at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, and co-wrote and directed the world premiere of Carry It On, starring Maureen McGovern.

Himberg’s other directing credits include William Finn’s Songs of Innocence and Experience at the Allen Room and for Sundance he directed revivals of Fiddler on the Roof, Funny Girl and a revised version of Jerry Herman’s Dear World.