Winner 'Best Direction' - Nelson Fringe Festival, 2015
Using puppetry, physical theatre and live music, 'Birdlife' is the story of Hine, a child growing up with mixed Maori and Pakeha heritage. It is the story of Hine's search for identity and belonging as she is carried through her difficult life, protected by the forces of nature and befriended by the birds that are fed on the roof of the house by her beloved grandad. She also has her allies in the stately Ruru, two cheeky Piwakawaka and a wily old Wandering Albatross. The formidable Tata Tui is the one that harasses her to wake up to her true nature, because he knows that ultimately her soul belongs to the bird kingdom.
Written and Directed by Bridget Sanders, With live incidental Music by Julian Raphael 3 actors, 50 mins long. R13 (strong language and sexual content)