We were lucky enough to be invited by the Brighton based troupe of actors, clowns and musicians, Wildheart & Lyric, to watch their touring show Birdy at the Playhouse Theatre in Norwich.
I arrived at the venue, bought an absolutely delicious Adnams G&T and settled down for the show having read nothing about it previously. What ensued was one of the most enjoyable theatre experiences I’ve ever had.
Birdy is a love story with a difference. It is wonderfully absurd, mixing circus style physical comedy with amazing music performed live by the three ‘clowns’. The cast gave fantastic, spirited performances and I was left crying with laughter. They are a talented group who perfectly combine the farcical with some really sweet, heart-felt moments and some dark, soulful music.
The message is important too. Birdy is a successful showgirl (with a seriously enviable outfit) who falls in love with a pretty rubbish magician. The tables are turned when they get married and have children, suddenly Salvador is in the spotlight and Birdy is left juggling the babies.
The production is very slick. Costumes are impressive (seriously, where can I get one of Birdy’s sequin leotards?!) and evoke a real Victorian Circus feel. The set is beautifully simple allowing the story to fill the stage instead.