Burning Bird

by  John Donnelly

Short Play, Drama  /  6m, 7f

It’s the height of the summer, and Daisy’s fifteenth birthday. Trouble is brewing - in North London, someone’s been shot. There’s a curfew in place, school is suspended and the city is changing, but Daisy has an important delivery to make across town.


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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 7f
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

It’s the height of the summer, and Daisy’s fifteenth birthday. Trouble is brewing - in North London, someone’s been shot. There’s a curfew in place, school is suspended and the city is changing, but Daisy has an important delivery to make across town. When Morell offers her a ride in his uncle’s car, she sets off down a road from which there might be no turning back.
Set against the backdrop of the London riots, Burning Bird, questions the decisions we make and explores the freedoms we find when authority goes missing. Ideal for young people ages 13+ it was presented at the Union Theatre, London, in November 2012 by Synergy Theatre Project, a groundbreaking theatre company working with prisoners, ex-prisoners and young people at risk.  

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: Various simple settings
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

6m, 7f
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Cast Attributes

  • Roles for Teens

Casting Notes

Any number of additional characters narrate the action

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Authors

John Donnelly

John Donnelly

Premiered at the Unicorn Theatre

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