The Canary and the Crow, Arcola Theatre - ★★★★ - Until February 8, 2020


The Canary and the Crow seeks to deliver an experience which will bring a new, younger audience into the theatre. 'Gig theatre' is unabashedly political and genre fluid. This is an event with a message delivered through a variety of media from traditional theatrical soliloquies to gig-like audience participation. The music runs from traditional to grime with a narrative incorporating fables and dance. It is all brought together beautifully by director, Paul Smith, and a cast whose energy is totally infectious. The eclectic nature of the presentation also mirrors the theme of Daniel Ward's commentary on trying to find his identity. The narrative of a young black man trying to establish who he really is after his exposure to the totally different environment of an exclusive, largely white, boys' school is a gripping story. We may seek to find identity in the groups we belong to or even from perceptions of others, but ultimately we are alone -- a unique amalgam of our own experiences. Daniel Ward is a master story teller and a mesmerising performer. He commands the stage and is brilliantly supported by musicians/performers Rachel Barnes, Laurie Jamieson and Nigel Taylor who play a variety of roles in his life story. For a thoroughly entertaining and informative experience in the theatre, make sure you see The Canary and the Crow!

Reviewed by J.C.

 Our Score:  ☆☆☆☆ 

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WHEN, WHERE, GETTING THERE:
Until February 8, 2020
Mon - Sat: 7:30 pm, Sat: 2:30 pm
Wed Feb 5: 2:30 pm
Arcola Theatre
Nearest station: Dalston Station
https://www.arcolatheatre.com/whats-on/the-canary-and-the-crow/

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