The Early Bird
The Early Bird by Leo Butler was first produced at the Queen's Theatre in the Belfast Festival in Ireland in 2006 and was directed by Rachel O'Riordan.
The play is deliberately left without a setting or much stage directions to reflect the mindset of the two characters Debbie and Jack whose daughter disappears. The dialogue moves between surreal hyper-reality and plain naturalism jumping between time.The title comes from the saying the early bird catches the worm which Debbie repeatedly told their daughter in the mornings before she went to school which was the last time either parent saw her last.
The play was later revived to great acclaim in 2010 at the Finborough Theatre, directed by Donnacadh O'Briain and starring Catherine Cusack and Alex Palmer, followed by a run at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin.
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