Updated: May 17, 2022
Once there was a boy who wished he was a bird. He wished he could just fly away and be free of all his worries.
Birdboy is a trip inside his head, through his interior landscape of growing up in a world where fitting in is hard to do. In his whirring mind, thoughts, worries, fantasies and external stimuli all compete for space. Full of fun and sorrow, this visually stunning show performed by dancer Kevin Coquelard, celebrates the power of imagination and offers a vision of hope and connection. The show is supported by Culture Ireland. United Fall
Imaginate Festival, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh - run ended
MIX UP REVIEWS
Archie (Age 9) - ★★★★★
"I LOVED disco car - easily the best part."
Maddie (Age 8) - ★★★★
"I loved hearing the moana song and my favourite song "I wanna dance with somebody". It was clever as a one man play - it was so funny when he tried to revive his car."
Alex (Age 17) - ★★★★
"I enjoyed the play it had some funny moments it was confusing at first to understand on what was going on but once the play got near the end you can start to understand what is going on and why he likes birds so much and how the jelly represents the people that make fun of him which he at the end does not care what they think and let’s them go."
Matthew (Age 13) - ★★★
"Imaginative, but unclear."
Aoife (Age 13) - ★★★★
"The lipsynching was really impressive as well as the dancing and lights.
Really good show."
Mylo (Age 14) - ★★★★
"Birdboy was a really interesting piece of drama that was open to much interpretation. It used the medium of dance to express the message put forward. It was entertaining and the actor did well to keep the pace of the performance."
Hollye (Age 12) - ★★★★★
"Thus was really funny and creative. I had absolutely no idea what was going on but it actually didn't seem to matter. It was just amazing watching the dancing and the lights and the floating jelly fish things."
Stewart - ★★★★
"There's some wonderful, memorable imagery in this moving portrait of a young man coping with his individuality. The dancer Kevin Colquelard gives quite a tremendous performance both in his physical ability and in his technical side of his performance. The use of the shadow puppetry was wonderful as was the little strange carrier bag creatures that began to populate the stage. I think the message started to get a little lost at points, and remained perhaps a little too abstract but still a wonderful, thought-provoking dance piece."
We took along our students to see Family Portrait at Imaginate at the Traverse Theatre on Saturday 14th May 2022.
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