What if you missed your bus to work this morning? Or if you decided to take a shortcut to the office? Trivial matters like these could trigger some of life’s most significant changes. ‘The Seagull Effect’ explores such questions leading up to the unanticipated 1987 storm in Britain: stories of “near misses, luck, courage and many people who slept right through it”. Fusing story-telling techniques with physical theatre, personal recollections and multimedia, this thought-provoking piece comes close to dramatic perfection. Everything, from the minute details in representation to even the choice of the title, acquires meaning. If a butterfly’s dainty fluttering of wings can lead to a hurricane, just imagine what a seagull’s could do.
Zoo Roxy, 5 – 27 Aug (not 16, 23), 4.20pm (5.20pm), £8.00 – £10.00, fpp176.
tw rating 5/5