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The Lovebirds

A drama by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich
October 1962
The Little Theatre, Old Royal Marines Camp, Butts Close, Faringdon

A climate-change scientist tries to save a dying bird species — and ultimately heal the planet —  as he fights for his own survival.  He captures and brings together an endangered male and female to mate but soon learns that love comes easily for neither man nor beast. With a character mash up of birds and humans, THE LOVEBIRDS moves fluidly between fantasy and reality — sometimes within the same scene. It’s a highly theatrical, language-bending story about human instinct and desire through the scientific and slightly surreal lens of bird mating rituals. A darkly comic eco-fantasy about dwindling biodiversity, the hubris of trying to control nature, and the heartache for any species of not being heard. (Inspired by legendary ecologist and nature “sound collector” Bernie Kause and his recording of an abandoned woodpecker.)

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