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A work-in-progress play by Katie Bonna
Directed by Hannah Joss
Performed by Katie Bonna, Charlotte Dowding & Rebecca Johnson

Paper. Scissors. Stone. tells the interwoven stories of three generations of women, all linked by a local school. Over the course of a weekend, each character is forced to confront how much they control their behaviour – or maybe how much they are controlled by it. 

Punctuated with glitter-soaked songs and swimming in poetry, Paper. Scissors. Stone. subverts recognisable theatrical conceits to crack open the gender conditioning we recognise, but don’t always see.

Inspired by the Greek chorus and the golden age of musical theatre, this work-in-progress piece is from Fringe First-winner Katie Bonna.

Katie Bonna talks about Paper.Scissors. Stone

Katie Bonna talks about the making of Paper.Scissors. Stone. and what to expect in the show.

Cast & Creatives

Katie Bonna

Katie Bonna - Writer and Actor

Katie is an actress and writer. Her one-woman show All The Things I Lied About premiered to critical acclaim at the Paines Plough Roundabout at Summerhall, Edinburgh in 2016, transferred to Soho Theatre and toured the UK in Autumn 2017. Dirty Great Love Story (co-written with Richard Marsh) transferred to The Arts Theatre in London’s West End in January 2017, following enormous success in Edinburgh (Fringe First Award winner, 2012), London and New York. Her new show, Paper. Scissors. Stone., won a Live Lab Bursary from Live Theatre Newcastle and is being developed for March 2018. 

Katie Bonna was awarded a Live Theatre Bursary in 2017 to develop Paper. Scissors. Stone.

Charlotte Dowding

Charlotte Dowding - Actor

Charlotte graduated from Mountview in 2017. While training she performed in various roles including: Francine in Clybourne Park; Landlady in The Good Person of Szechwan; Mother in White Pig. Other theatre credits include: Momoko in Ones and Zeros (Next Up Talent Showcase, National Theatre Studios); Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew (The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre); Nat in Chitta Vritti (The Cockpit).

Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson - Actor

Theatre credits include: The Real Thing, Present Laughter, This Happy Breed (Bath Theatre Royal); A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Liverpool Everyman); The Way of the World, The Importance of Being Earnest (Chichester Festival Theatre); Wendy & Peter Pan, The Dog in the Manger, Tamar’s Revenge, The House of Desires, Pedro the Great Pretender (RSC); Coram Boy, Mourning Becomes Electra, Edmond, Peter Pan (National Theatre); Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, What the Butler Saw, Macbeth (Sheffield Theatres); As You Like It, Love’s Labour’s Lost, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Troilus and Cressida (Regent’s Park); The Front Page (Donmar Warehouse).

Paper. Scissors. Stone

  • Arts Council England
  • Community Foundation
  • European Regional Development Fund


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