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Three Birds One Cock
Three Birds Theatre
Contact : Madelaine Nunn
"Brilliant theatre... Funny, precise and performed with a ferocious intensity." - Ian Pidd, Melbourne Fringe Living Legend 2015
2016 GREEN ROOM AWARD NOMINATED 'BEST ENSEMBLE' METANOIA THEATRE Three of Alfred Hitchcock's iconic blondes from Vertigo, Psycho and The Birds find themselves trapped in an absurd "whodunnit" murder mystery. Something sinister is lurking in the shadows and things are not quite what they seem. Terrified that any one of them could be the next victim, these blondes must use their feminine charm and cunning skills to unravel a storyline much darker than they realize, tumbling towards morbid endings of their own. Footsteps! Gunshots! Lingerie! Deception! Will all go to plan for these strong-willed bombshells? A black comedy dripping with noir, glamour, murder and suspense. ★★★★ - TheatreGuide 2016 ★★★★ - Great Scott! 2016 "Brilliant theatre... performed with a ferocious intensity" - Ian Pidd, Melbourne Fringe Living Legend 2015
History & background
Three Birds Theatre (Candace Miles, Madelaine Nunn and Anna Rodway) is a wacky and wonderful Green Room Award-nominated independent theatre trio. Committed to writing and performing our own original works, we have toured as part of RAV Arts and Education Programs, to Nati Frinj, Adelaide Fringe Festival and had engagements with Mansfield and Horsham Councils. TBT strives to create a strong visual world, hence our costumes, physicality, witty scripts and a handful of strong lighting states is all we need. Touring enables us to nurture and strengthen relationships with locals and new audiences alike.
Marketing selling points
Three Birds One Cock is visually stunning, with an original script and sound design, and authentic and bold costumes – these features immediately make it an attractive selling-point for audiences. We instantly drop them into a world – be that the noir, murder mystery trapping Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic blondes. As Alfred Hitchcock and his films are iconic and influential points in pop culture and dilm history, this has also been an appealing pull for crowds; taking these heroines and giving them their own stories with a contemporary punch. The promo images & footage are effective at pulling numbers.
Key audience and marketing notes
Three Birds One Cock has been produced and performed in a variety of contexts and has engaged a range of demographics. At both its Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe seasons and as an Independent season part of Metanoia at the Mechanics Institute, women age 30-60 within the inner suburbs of Melbourne made up the main demographic of ticket-buyers for Three Birds One Cock. However in the Regional Arts Victoria’s Family and Education Program, Three Birds toured to schools and the ages ranged from 13- 60 in the audience and a there was a mix of men, women and children responding to the work.
Community Engagement activities
- Working with children through game-playing and physical activities - Masterclasses on physical/clowning work - Working with young people on conversations/activities around stereotypes, female gaze and the way media manipulates the way we see the world - Classes with drama students – looking at ways of engaging with text and using physical gesture and shape to tell story and character - Q and As with members of the community or with students – our work with RAV Arts & Education has prepared us well for the kinds of conversations and questions that can arise when students witness a work.
What is this?
|Theatre formats||Has ability to be versatile- Black box preferable, though has been|
|Bump in (hours)||4|
|Bump out (hours)||3|
Lighting system with desk to achieve set lighting states
SET - TOURING VERSION Door 3 x chairs 1 x dresser 1 x mannequin prop which lies on the floor Lighting rigged on t-stands ideally Strobe lighting
Stage dimensions (meters)
|Width: 5m||Height: flexible|
|Depth: 5m||Wing space: 2m / flexible|
1 tonne van to move set, lighting and sound equipment and vehicle that can transport 4 people. In the past tour with RAV Arts & Education, Three Birds toured with one van and an accompanying car with 2 members in each vehicle. This production cannot travel by plane due to the nature of the size of the set pieces.