Where Do Little Birds Go..Magic at The Old Fitz

AB3I2599I have explained that I only review theatrical productions which I would highly recommend. Most of the plays I see do not get a mention, and this week I have seen three plays, all well regarded. ‘Where Do Little Birds Go’ stands out as a piece of theatre which is completely entertaining, convincing and has a magical quality. It is a one woman ( plus pianist) piece, an ‘autobiography’ of a teenage lass Lucy who moves to London in the ’60s convinced that she will be a star of the stage. It is based on some true events involving some notorious gangsters of the period.

AB3I2865I had not seen Bishanyia Vincent in her previous productions so I was unprepared for the level of technical mastery with which she creates her character Lucy. She sings and dances in character to perfectly represent Lucy’s raw talent which is not quite at a professional level. Lucy’s indomitable spirit soars in this play but  Bishanyia perfectly modulates her performance to convey the changes in Lucy’s personality as a consequence of her rather dark life experiences. Visually it is a stunning piece, and Lucy looks beautiful with her beehive hair-do and 60’s make up. This is a poignant piece without being overly sentimental, and only an exceptional actress can manage this.

This late show utilises the set of ‘Look Back in anger’ and it works perfectly. The direction, which blends the narrative with action on stage is excellent.

My biggest joy in theatre is discovering a new acting talent to follow in future productions. The program explains that Bishanyia trained in London, but now that she is back in Sydney I will never miss her work. I cannot recommend this play highly enough and hope that it returns for a longer season.

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