SATUR­DAY 23.09.17

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS -

THEATRE Birdy Pea­cock Stage, Abbey Theatre Ends tonight abbeythe­ When the tyran­ni­cal Pres­i­dent Liz bans mu­sic through­out the land, it falls to a rag­tag band to try to re­store some har­mony. Such is the charm­ingly sim­ple premise for this fam­ily show from Ec­cles Theatre Group, per­formed on a pop-up-book land­scape us­ing pup­petry and live mu­sic. It is a score for ad­ven­ture, com­edy and song, but it also af­fords writ­ers Jane Mad­den and Ross Gaynor grace notes of al­liances, re­sis­tance and re­silience, deftly ad­dress­ing two au­di­ences at once. On Birdy’s quest for a diva saviour, she meets an anx­ious chicken, a con­flicted hep­cat, Jazz Fu­sion Fox and a loved-up Techno Tor­toise. But like Dorothy be­fore her, Birdy’s re­al­i­sa­tion is that she and her mot­ley band are the heroes she’s been look­ing for. Peter Crawley

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