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BIRD’S EYE VIEW (article first published : 2006-08-7)

Birds’ Eye View, a moving tale of growing up, sacrifice, and taking responsibility, is to be the flagship production at the St Anne’s Theatre Festival in August. Straight from the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, it is a big-hearted and poignant original South African tale told through explosive physicality, clowning, and comic storytelling.

Feathers fly when two birds undertake the journey of their lives to find an alternative food source for their community, and discover the true value of friendship. The premise of Birds’ Eye View is a simple journey of discovery set against the backdrop of a society threatened by the negligence of the Human Un-Kind.

Spike and Tjurp, two young weaverbird males, live in the Kruger National Park. On the cusp of entering an adult world of responsibility they are wary of, they are “volunteered” to find a solution to the weavers’ threatened resources. Their epic journey to Cape Town takes them into a world that neither dreamt of – a world of high rollers, gangsters, temptations, mishaps, and other misadventures.

Eventually, they confront the sinister Boss Bird in his secret laboratory, and take what they think will save their community. However, back home there is one final hurdle that will take the two birds to the very edge of their friendship, and they must undergo a tragic test of selfishness and sacrifice before they learn what true responsibility and the bond of friendship really means.

Performed by Porteus Xandau and Keenan Arrison who both wrote the script with director Rob Murray, Birds’ Eye View is suitable for all ages. The unique medium through which the action unfolds embraces an explosive physicality combined with comic storytelling that culminates in a fresh and engaging South African performance style.

Birds’ Eye View has performances on August 14 and 15 at 20h00 in The Theatre at St Anne's Diocesan College in Hilton as part of the St Anne’s Theatre Festival. Bookings or more information on 033-343 1609/3300 or e-mail: lchemaly@stannes.co.za




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