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RUFFLED FEATHERS: THE BACK STORY (Yvonne Levy)

In January 2017, a pair of swans arrived in Brockwell Park, London. By May, they had taken up residence on a very small island, booted out the geese, constructed a large untidy nest, and laid eggs. Or at least, we assumed there were eggs as the female sat on the nest, apparently never leaving it, for many weeks while the male patrolled the water, fending off all potential enemies. Mini crowds gathered every day, comparing notes and eagerly anticipating the arrival of the cygnets. The most unlikely people talked to each other and bonded over the impending “birth”. IThis was the first swan family to appear in Brockwell Park for 30 years! More than a year later, the swans are still connecting people of every possible background. You cannot visit the park without talking about the latest developments.

The day the first cygnets were spotted was a day of huge excitement. There were seven fluffy babies and cameras and mobiles clicked and clicked. Since then, the cygnets have grown up. Two of the seven disappeared, presumed to have been gobbled by the ever-present heron or a fox. There are umpteen stories told about the swans. Comedy, tragedy, drama of every possible kind involving humans as well as animal life. A flying practice which ended in two cygnets failing to make it back to their resident pond and ending up in a lower pond. One, a week after the faulty landing, somehow made it back to join his or her siblings only to be isolated and abused by its parents. “You left home. We’ve let your room so off you go!” A concerned park-goer called The Swan Sanctuary. They relocated it to a larger water space inhabited by other friendly juveniles where the swan was released. Since then all five surviving juveniles have been relocated.

My idea was to devise a performance around the swan story but with universal themes of, for example, birth and death, migration, arrival. Family life, rejection, growing up, gaining independence, love, caring…

The Ǝncore Theatre Company has devised a performance around these themes which we hope will intrigue and entertain. And maybe make you laugh and cry!


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