by Conor McPherson from the short story by Daphne du Maurier
directed by Stefan Dzeparoski
with Mia Hutchinson-Shaw, Antoinette LaVecchia, and Tony Naumovski
Presented as part of Origin's 1st Irish Festival
A bold and suspenseful adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's short story, the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's legendary film of the same title, by critically-acclaimed Irish writer Conor McPherson. In an isolated house, strangers Nat and Diane take shelter from relentless masses of mad attacking birds. The temporary sanctuary, however, provides little comfort, and when another refugee arrives with news of the outside world, paranoia takes hold of this makeshift fortress. A not-to-be-missed, gripping and emotional look at human relationships in the face of societal collapse.
When it first premiered, The Irish Times exclaimed, "never has [McPherson] been more in control... he keeps us on the edge of our seat," and the play was heralded as "deliciously chilling... spring-loaded with tension... claustrophobic, questioning, frightening; and with a twist," by the Irish Independent.
BirdLand Theatre is a non-profit Toronto-based performing arts company committed to ensemble collaboration through its work with guest artists, sponsors and the community. They promote the art of live theatre through dynamic productions, intensive actor training and outreach programs. They hope to move forward the vitality of Canadian theatre by collaborating with artists from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Their productions explore humanity and the human condition, and they are guided by the highest standards in every aspect of their creative work.
"this play is a standout, a thriller in its own right with intriguing characters, intense dialogue and its own suspenseful storyline. Performed in an intimate theatre space, the play features excellent staging and a talented cast. It will keep you on the edge of your seat...The Birds is a stark and compelling view of human desperation in the face of dire circumstances." - Broadway World
"Audiences with a taste for suspense and psychological turmoil will find much to enjoy...The three actors do excellent work to place their characters on the precarious edge between communal strength and psychological turmoil." - Exeunt Magazine
"Naumovski is excellent as the troubled hero...LaVecchia assumes the most rational role and yet at the end she proves ruthless; and Hutchinson-Shaw invests the high-spirited Julia with both immaturity and deceit. " - Off Off Online