Paper Dolls

Thu 28 Feb 2013 – Sun 28 Apr 2013

By Philip Himberg


World Premiere
In association with Stanley Buchthal and Bob & Co, Ltd
Adapted from the documentary film by Tomer Heymann


The Times, The Guardian


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

In Tel Aviv, Israel, a group of Filipino immigrants work as live-in carers 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. Meet the Paper Dolls!

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

Cast includes Tom Berish, Francis Jue, Jane Bertish, Tom Oakley, Noa Bodner, Angelo Paragoso, Harry Dickman, Jon Norman Schneider, Ilan Goodman, Caroline Wildi, Shimi Goodman and Benjamin Wong.

Creatives include Indhu Rubasingham (Director), Richard Kent (Designer), Oliver Fenwick (Lighting Designer) and Ben and Max Righam (Sound Designers).


★★★★ ‘Beautiful… both achingly intimate and rich in universal themes’ The Times

★★★★ ‘Indhu Rubasingham’s production has an infectious gaiety and exuberant performances’ The Guardian

‘A pacey but poignant play’ Sunday Times

‘Indhu Rubasingham’s staging has warmth and drive’ Financial Times

‘True stories don’t come more resonant’ Metro

Developed, in part, by the Sundance Institute Theatre Program

Image from Jolly B. Fierce. Photo: Jason Pangilinan

Supported by Kobler Trust

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