by Janice Okoh. Directed by Lyla Smith-Abass
Three Birds is a darkly comic play set in a flat on a south London housing estate, where three siblings, Tiana, Tionne and Tanika are left at home alone.
Performance dates and venue :
Evenings at 7.30 :
Wednesday 6th – Saturday 9th October and
Tuesday 12th -Saturday 16th October
Matinées at 3.00 :
Saturday 9th and Saturday 16th October
All performances will be at the Tower Theatre.
Audition dates and times :
Auditions will take place on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th July from 7.00 at the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington, London, N16 7HR. Places must be booked in advance. Auditions are open to everyone and are free to attend. If you are successfully cast you will be required to join as a full member of the company (£60/year – discounts available).
The play script can be purchased here
London writer Janice Okoh has set Three Birds in a South East London flat. The play was the winner of the 2011 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.
Mum has gone and siblings Tiana, Tionne and Tanika find themselves alone at home with a bathroom that is out of action. Tiana, the eldest, is left to look after her brother and sister, she takes charge of housework and homework. Tionne carries out strange experiments and Tanika is acting up. The local drug dealer visits to collect his money and a Teacher calls at the flat. The outside world is creeping closer and closer as they try to keep their secret away from the adults.
This is a darkly comic drama about family, childhood and fantasy.
Tiana – playing age 16 years old, black female
Tionne – playing age 13 years old, black male
Tanika – playing age 9 years old, black female
Dr. Feelgood – thirties, white male
Ms. Jenkins – twenties, white female
Please note: we will be casting adult actors to play the siblings.
Rehearsals will begin mid-August and take place on 3-4 times a week including evenings during the week and weekend daytimes at the Tower Theatre. Exact dates and times tbc.
Set and Design – Shereen Ali
Lyla Abass graduated from City Lit, London’s Professional Actors Training Course in 2017. She has been a Tower Theatre company member for 2 years. Lyla began as an actor at The Tower and is now moving into directing for the company. Directing credits have been her online production of The Assembly Women by Aristophanes held during Tower’s Virtual Season (during Lockdown). She has also recently worked as a director for Tower’s Love and Survival Season of plays I can’t breathe. Lyla describes herself as an Arts Activist producing theatre about the Black experience across the diaspora. Her training as a therapist supports her in combining theatre and therapy to deliver therapeutic theatre, through her own organisation Lyla’s Place. She enjoys playwriting and her writing is both uncensored and political, raising thought-provoking questions. Currently she is also co-lead of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion working group at Tower Theatre.
Covid-19 Risk Assessment
We take the health and safety of our members and audience very seriously. There is still a level of uncertainty about Covid-19, and we will continue to work in line with Government guidelines for Arts Venues to keep everyone as safe as possible. You can find a copy of The Tower Theatre Guidance document here.