“We need you to sit in a park for the afternoon” – surely a phrase any actor would love to hear on a warm summer day. That’s what Marlene Sidaway and Max Fricker got up to in preparation for bringing the bench-set Pigeons to Camden Fringe this summer. Take a look at the evidence, then book your tickets!
Penelope Rawlins’ debut play runs at the Hen & Chickens Theatre from 31 July to 2 August 2019 before transferring to Aldeburgh’s Jubilee Hall for a one-off performance on 4 August.
Set on a park bench, under the watchful eye of a pair of amorous pigeons, a pair of passing strangers bridge the perceived technological divide that separates their generations and prosper from each other’s wisdom, proving that good old fashioned face-to-face conversation and social media need not be antagonists. And that we’re never too old or young to learn about what it is to be human.
First time playwright Rawlins is an actor who has appeared in productions including How the Other Half Loves, Absent Friends (both at The Mill at Sonning), The Cage, Crooked Wood, (both Yvonne Arnaud Theatre) and Lost and Found (Tristan Bates Theatre). She has also narrated more than 200 audiobooks and in 2013 was nominated for Audible’s Narrator of the Year.
Sidaway may be best known for playing Maureen in hit sitcom Mum. She also boasts television credits including Life Begins, Midsomer Murders and Pride and Prejudice. She’s most recently been seen in Beneath The Blue Rinse at Park Theatre. She’s joined in Pigeons by newcomer Max Fricker.
The production is directed by Dugald Bruce-Lockhart. The actor and director was formerly Associate with the renowned all-male Shakespeare ensemble Propeller.
Rawlins’ play is one of 300 production playing across 27 venues in London as part of the 14th Camden Fringe this summer. Those shows include pieces as diverse as tale of affairs and social media Letting Go, family show about democracy Rox Paper and the Scissors and Shakespearean take of British politics, Boris Rex.
Pigeons runs at The Hen & Chickens Theatre, 109 St Paul’s Rd, Highbury, London N1 2NA from 31 July to 2 August 2019, with performances Wednesday to Friday at 6.15pm. Tickets are priced £7.50. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Behind the scenes gallery