Conference of the Birds is a non-verbal, visual, outdoor performance featuring music, masks, flamboyant costumes and puppets.
Conference of the Birds is a funny and poignant epic journey which tells the story of group of individualistic birds who pluck up the courage to leave all they know behind to undertake a dangerous journey - a quest for change. Conference of the Birds was originally devised and performed by a professional cast with a community chorus. In 2008 and 2009, the project was developed to enable the communities to take the lead roles.
During these 3 years, the Faceless company visited 23 communities, rehearsing 23 different community casts into the show and prepared them for a unique public performance in their home towns.
The material proved rich, deep and meaningful to a diverse range of participants. In Coalville we joined in a celebration of the National Forest; in Northern Ireland we used the material to address issues of sectarianism during the year of the 10th anniversary of the Omagh bombing; in Middlesbrough we celebrated diversity at the Boro Mela.
photo: Amanda Crowther