In their second Adelaide Fringe rendezvous, award winning company Colourwheel Productions returns with Bird Calls, a performance comprising a selection of both music and theatre.
A unique blend of solo female performances, Bird Calls consists of three individual theatrical routines divided by a set of pleasant musical interludes. From a tragic comedy about a dog, a bitterly realistic scenario played out from the confines of a psychiatrist’s office, and a tale highlighting the dynamic nature of families, each piece is as distinctive, honest and provocative.
Despite the minimal props and the perhaps unconventional performance space, each theatrical piece maintains an electric intensity. The audience is captivated by the performers as they portray an ensemble of believable characters and thought provoking narratives. The intimacy of the venue and the proximity between the stage and the seating heightens the connection between actress and audience.
The program describes each work having been created or developed by the performer. It is clear that because of this, each sketch is delivered with a further rawness, insight and depth.
While each actress provides a stunning performance, Chelsea Evans’ portrayal of candour and subtle humour in Given the Circumstances showcases her ability to portray a convoluted monologue and provide a variety of convincing characterisations.
Resident ‘song bird’, Fleur Green is as equally outstanding. While she provides various sound effects that accompany the theatrical sketches, her solo musical interludes are a showcase of musical versatility and aptitude.
Bird Calls plays at Paper String Plastic until March 16 and is a beautiful and unique collection of music and theatre not to be missed.
Kryztoff Review 4K
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