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FIREBIRD – West End

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

Smart and authentic writing meets a riveting West End debut in Firebird at Trafalgar Studios. In his first venture to the downstairs studio at Hampstead Theatre, Ed Hall has found a remarkable first script from Phil Davies, and cast it with the explosive talent of just-out-of-ArtsEd Callie Cooke.

FIREBIRD – West End

In London theatre, News, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

Firebird marks Phil Davies’ first full-length play and he has undoubtedly cast extremely well for his cleverly crafted script. Making her professional debut when it was at Hampstead Downstairs, Callie Cooke reprises her role as Tia, a vulnerable teenager who has been in care since she was three.

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FIREBIRD – West End

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

Transferring from a sell-out run at Hampstead’s Downstairs theatre last year, Phil Davies’ Firebird tackles the ghastly undercurrent of child sexual exploitation that blights so many of this country’s towns and young people. Pitched in a fictional Northern town, the play is at its most touching in the exchanges between the deeply harmed and 14-year-old Tia (played by Callie Cooke), who has been placed in local authority care since a baby and her friend Katie, who by contrast has at least a loving mum in her life and a background sheltered from ruthless violent abuse.