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The Gypsybird Speaks (Max Bell Theatre Company)

By | Published on Friday 2 August 2013

The play begins with an Orville-lookalike in a dress swooping across the stage, probably one of the most coherent moments in the production. Centred on the disappearance of a young woman, ‘The Gypsybird Speaks’ explores the impact of this on members of her community, who have gathered in an otherworldly wood to share their thoughts. This results in a series of drawn-out nature metaphors, culminating in the sight of an insect-woman smearing blood on cast members. Confused? The plot certainly is. Sadly this detracts from the cast, who infuse the production with wit and vitality, just not enough to save the play from getting lost in the forest it is set in. The Gypsybird may speak, but you probably won’t understand what it is saying.

C, until 26 Aug (not 13), 5.15pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Melissa Steel]