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Burning Bird

John Donnelly

Short Play, Drama  /  7f, 6m

by John Donnelly 

It’s the height of the summer, and Daisy’s fifteenth birthday. Trouble is brewing - in North London, someone’s been shot. There’s a curfew in place, school is suspended and the city is changing, but Daisy has an important delivery to make across town.


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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    7f, 6m
  • Duration
    Duration
    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Description

It’s the height of the summer, and Daisy’s fifteenth birthday. Trouble is brewing - in North London, someone’s been shot. There’s a curfew in place, school is suspended and the city is changing, but Daisy has an important delivery to make across town. When Morell offers her a ride in his uncle’s car, she sets off down a road from which there might be no turning back.
Set against the backdrop of the London riots, Burning Bird, questions the decisions we make and explores the freedoms we find when authority goes missing. Ideal for young people ages 13+ it was presented at the Union Theatre, London, in November 2012 by Synergy Theatre Project, a groundbreaking theatre company working with prisoners, ex-prisoners and young people at risk.  

History
Premiered at the Unicorn Theatre

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: Various simple settings
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

7f, 6m
Cast Attributes
  • Roles for Teens
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Any number of additional characters narrate the action

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John Donnelly

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