David Campton’s ‘comedy of menace’ transfers the stirrings of a revolution to a cage of twittering domestic birds, and in this play the planting of the seed of an idea into their feathery brains by an outsider – who brings the reality of life, with all its sensual glory, liberty, independence and danger, into their cosy lives – makes for a fascinating piece of theatre. The cast of ‘The Cagebirds’ are utterly convincing in their movements and mannerisms, and performances are equally compelling as a flock and as individuals. This is a very enjoyable production, in which the themes of hypocrisy, self-righteousness, and fear of what the ‘Wild One’ represents: ties with the primal self, are explored with talent and vitality.
C eca, 2-26 Aug (even dates), 2.50pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Colette M Talbot]