So it seems it is a solo, but soon you realise that it is a duet. While she conjures up many different environments on the stage (a shelter, a hole, a sand desert, a burnt forest), he makes music and sound with his hands, mouth, tongue and even with his feet.

The sound of dried leaves creates the image of cracked branches while she steps on the mound of earth located in the middle of the stage. And crunched tin cans make the sound of water – a very rare substance in the post-apocalyptic world of Bird.

Sita Pieraccini, an actor, singer and theatre artist from Scotland, makes use of subtle mime and an extensive range of physical theatre techniques to tell the story of a woman who is alone and extremely hungry.

Suddenly she is surprised by a strange visitor, a bird. She is confronted by a great dilemma: eat the bird to satisfy her hunger for a while, or keep it alive as her only friend? We experience the fragility of the human experience, torn between the basic physical needs and the emotional depths of a lonely soul.

The incredible live Foley work from David Pollock gives life to the bird, creating many beautiful soundscapes, and accompanying with infinite sharpness the performer’s every movement. Pollock is a musician, composer and sound designer with a strong connection to nature and organic audio. The result of this experience, as seen in Bird, is truly amazing.

This is a delicate, sensorial, visually rich, and utterly sonorous piece of work.


Featured image by James Taylor Wilson.

Bird is created by Sita Pieraccini in association with Feral (from Glasgow), a platform that support artists making cross-artform work, and champions makers who explore new performance languages, It is presented as part of the Made in Scotland programme at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016.