Three Birds

By Janice Okoh

Three Birds
Paperback, 112 pages Online Price:
ISBN: 9781848422766
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 28th February 2013
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Category: Modern drama (post-1945)

Series: NHB Modern Plays

First Staged: Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester 2013

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A startling and darkly comic drama about childhood, family and fantasy. Winner of the Bruntwood Prize 2011.

Siblings Tiana, Tionne and Tanika have found themselves home alone. Tiana's keeping it all together by taking charge of housework and homework.

But Tionne's experiments are getting stranger and Tanika's starting to act up. As the outside world begins to press in, the three will do anything to keep their secret safe from the adults who come to call.

'A play that is as humane as it is savage... as funny as it is alarming. It is written with as much warmth as it is with truth. It's funny and theatrical and alert and alive. It's terrific.' Simon Stephens, playwright and Chair of the Judges for the 2011 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting

Blog entry: Janice Okoh on how Three Birds evolved in rehearsal. 'I met Suzanne Bell, my dramaturg, and Sarah Frankcom, the director, several times over the year and each time we discussed how we should go about improving the play...' Read on >>

'Deals in harsh realism but hovers, brilliantly suspended, between dark comedy, thriller and an expressive human sympathy worthy of Tennessee Williams'

- The Times

'Like a Pitchfork Disney for the Beiber / Primark generation'

- A Younger Theatre

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