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Parakeet

5th December 2019
Words by Brigitte Aphrodite
Music by Quiet Boy
Directed by Laura Keefe
Design by Alex Noble

BOUNDLESS THEATRE AND BOOM SHAKALAKA PRODUCTIONS PRENSENT

Following a successful run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe at Paines Ploughs Roundabout @ Summerhall, Parakeet is returning to the stage at the Gulbenkian on the 5thof December.

In Margate an isolated teenager forms a band and finds her voice with the help of a gang of exotic birds. Dust is an energetic and woke teenager from Thanet and Tam an Eritrean refugee facing many uncertainties take Girl under their wings. Together they are The Parakeets.

Parakeet is a genre-crossing status quo defying musical about finding your flock and ruffling feathers, a feast for the ears, eyes and heart told through irresistible song, punk poetry, electronic sounds and cutting edge fashion. In a world full of uncertainties, only one thing is for sure: it’s time to discover the new spirit of punk, a gentler punk –punk with empathy.

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Venue

Gulbenkian Theatre

University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NB

5 December 

Performances:

Start Time: 13:30

Start Time: 19:30

Price

£5-13

Age Guidance

14+

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Cast

Michelle Tiwo Performer

Michelle Tiwo is an actor, poet, poet educator and founder of Sistren podcast. Their acting credits for theatre include And the Rest of Me Floats (Bush Theatre). For television, Ackee & Saltfish; and for film, Faces.

Isabel Oliver Performer

Isabel Oliver is an actor, singer, songwriter and musician. Her acting credits include Titus Andronicus (Teatro Dei Borgia, Italy). She also performs as a singer musician in a variety of venues and at festivals, including regularly at Spinning Yarns Theatre.

Lula Mebrahtu Performer

Lula Mebrahtu is an Eritrean-born actress, DJ and presenter. She performs regularly as lula.xyz at festivals and events worldwide. As a presenter, she regularly fronts shows for the BBC and hosts jazz festivals. Her acting credits include Concrete Jungle, The Lucumi Choir and Death of a Pebble Dancing (Edinburgh Festival Fringe).

Brigitte Aphrodite Writer and Performer

Brigitte Aphrodite is a punk, feminist showgirl, and poetical music performance artist who has a loyal following due to her approach to multidisciplinary art and social expression. In her former years she has toured her music with the likes of Kate Nash and Josie Long.  Bri is most recently known for her critically acclaimed show – ‘My Beautiful Black Dog’ – a part gig, part theatre, modern day, punk musical exploring depression. The show sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe circuit, was featured on the BBC 10 O’clock News and in the Guardian and Elle magazine. Gathering momentum in 2015/16 the show went on to tour the UK and sell out dates at the Southbank Centre. Wellcome Trust funding was awarded to the ‘MBBD movement’ and a workshop, based on the show, its narrative and the language we use around mental health was developed and delivered in schools around the country.

Quiet Boy Composer & Performer

Singer songwriter Quiet Boy, signed to Universal records in 2005 and has appeared at most major UK festivals including Radio 1 stage at Leeds and Reading. Touring extensively, and has appeared with Prodigy, Echo and the Bunnymen, System Of A Down. Full tours with Kasabian, Fratellis, Mick Jones (Clash), Carl Barat (The Libertines). Many appearances on TV and Radio. Quiet Boy has recorded an album with legendary Producer Stephen Street (Blur, The Smiths, Kaiser Chiefs). Recently commissioned as Composer and Musical Director for critically acclaimed gig theatre ‘My Beautiful Black Dog’ and further work in development and composing on projects with Bush Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, The National Theatre and most recently The Vaults Festival with a new piece by Katie Bonna.

Creatives

Brigitte Aphrodite Writer and Performer

Brigitte Aphrodite is a punk, feminist showgirl, and poetical music performance artist who has a loyal following due to her approach to multidisciplinary art and social expression. In her former years she has toured her music with the likes of Kate Nash and Josie Long.  Bri is most recently known for her critically acclaimed show – ‘My Beautiful Black Dog’ – a part gig, part theatre, modern day, punk musical exploring depression. The show sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe circuit, was featured on the BBC 10 O’clock News and in the Guardian and Elle magazine. Gathering momentum in 2015/16 the show went on to tour the UK and sell out dates at the Southbank Centre. Wellcome Trust funding was awarded to the ‘MBBD movement’ and a workshop, based on the show, its narrative and the language we use around mental health was developed and delivered in schools around the country.

Quiet Boy Composer & Performer

Singer songwriter Quiet Boy, signed to Universal records in 2005 and has appeared at most major UK festivals including Radio 1 stage at Leeds and Reading. Touring extensively, and has appeared with Prodigy, Echo and the Bunnymen, System Of A Down. Full tours with Kasabian, Fratellis, Mick Jones (Clash), Carl Barat (The Libertines). Many appearances on TV and Radio. Quiet Boy has recorded an album with legendary Producer Stephen Street (Blur, The Smiths, Kaiser Chiefs). Recently commissioned as Composer and Musical Director for critically acclaimed gig theatre ‘My Beautiful Black Dog’ and further work in development and composing on projects with Bush Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, The National Theatre and most recently The Vaults Festival with a new piece by Katie Bonna.

Laura Keefe Director

As Director: My Beautiful Black Dog (Bush Theatre/Roundhouse/Southbank Centre); One Million Tiny Plays About Britain (Watermill Theatre);  Turning a Little Further, The Lost (Young Vic); Used Blood Junkyard (Arcola Theatre); I Know Where the Dead are Buried (24/7 Theatre Festival) and Guilt and Shame (Edinburgh/Latitude/Bestival/Soho Theatre). As Associate Director: Mad About the Boy (Iron Shoes/Tour) and Is Everyone OK? (Nabokov/Tour). As Assistant Director Romantics Anonymous, The Two Gentlemen of Verona & Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe); As You Like It (National Theatre); Feast (Young Vic); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park); Salt, Root and Roe (Donmar Warehouse/Trafalgar Studio); The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Royal & Derngate, Northampton); Fen (Finborough/National Theatre Studio); Dr Faustus (Watford Palace); Roaring Trade (Paines Plough/Soho Theatre) and How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found (Southwark Playhouse).

Alex Noble Production Designer

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Edinburgh, UK. 28.07.2019. Boundless Theatre and Boom Shakalaka present "Parakeet", written by Brigitte Aphrodite, in the Paines Plough Roundabout, Summerhall, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The performers are: Michelle Tiwo (GIRL), Isabel Oliver (DUST), Lula Mebrahtu (TAM), Brigitte Aphrodite (PARAKEET #1) and Quiet Boy (PARAKEET #2). Directed by Laura Keefe, with design by Alex Noble and lighting design by Sherry Coenen. Photograph © Jane Hobson.
Edinburgh, UK. 28.07.2019. Boundless Theatre and Boom Shakalaka present "Parakeet", written by Brigitte Aphrodite, in the Paines Plough Roundabout, Summerhall, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The performers are: Michelle Tiwo (GIRL), Isabel Oliver (DUST), Lula Mebrahtu (TAM), Brigitte Aphrodite (PARAKEET #1) and Quiet Boy (PARAKEET #2). Directed by Laura Keefe, with design by Alex Noble and lighting design by Sherry Coenen. Photograph © Jane Hobson.
Edinburgh, UK. 28.07.2019. Boundless Theatre and Boom Shakalaka present "Parakeet", written by Brigitte Aphrodite, in the Paines Plough Roundabout, Summerhall, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The performers are: Michelle Tiwo (GIRL), Isabel Oliver (DUST), Lula Mebrahtu (TAM), Brigitte Aphrodite (PARAKEET #1) and Quiet Boy (PARAKEET #2). Directed by Laura Keefe, with design by Alex Noble and lighting design by Sherry Coenen. Photograph © Jane Hobson.
Edinburgh, UK. 28.07.2019. Boundless Theatre and Boom Shakalaka present "Parakeet", written by Brigitte Aphrodite, in the Paines Plough Roundabout, Summerhall, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The performers are: Michelle Tiwo (GIRL), Isabel Oliver (DUST), Lula Mebrahtu (TAM), Brigitte Aphrodite (PARAKEET #1) and Quiet Boy (PARAKEET #2). Directed by Laura Keefe, with design by Alex Noble and lighting design by Sherry Coenen. Photograph © Jane Hobson.
★★★★ “Pulsing with a punky beat, Parakeet flies in with a vibrancy and youthfulness that is hard to resist.” British Theatre
  “And when these punks sing, the show soars with an energy you could only dream of harnessing.” The Guardian
  “I want to know what battles are next. I want one more song. Or really, is it just that Parakeet’s music and colour make the whole thing so catchy that when I left, I wanted to go straight back in and watch it again?” Exeunt

Ideas

Brigitte Aphrodite On The Inspiration Behind Parakeet
23 May 2019

Brigitte Aphrodite tells us a little about the inspiration for Parakeet and what audiences can expect. The show is about a young girl’s journey to make a new kind of…

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Meet The Parakeets: New Band Posters Released
8 July 2019

We’ve just released our band posters for Parakeet, our genre-crossing, status quo defying musical about finding your flock and ruffling feathers.  Designed by Alex Noble who is also the show’s…

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