Sweeney of the Birds
Based on Seamus Heaney’s killer modern translation of the epic tale of a king who turned away, and turned into a bird.
– Jen Bray, Daylesford Words in Winter Festival
Hang on for the ride!
Post traumatic stress disorder.
A berserk giant run amok.
What is madness, when the sane are climbing on each other’s backs and lying in order to relentlessly wage war?
Sweeney of the Birds is based on a fifth-century Irish epic about King Sweeney, who in the thick of battle ‘levitated in a frantic cumbersome motion, like a bird of the air’.
A physical reinterpretation of an ancient Irish story that explores madness and difference, and what it means to step away from the throng.