21 Oct The Vultures’ Song flies again
We are delighted to announce that the Blahs have received funding from the Arts Council of England and Leeds Inspired to tour The Vultures’ Song to theatres and community venues across the region between January and May 2020.
The 2020 tour follows a successful tour in 2018 to schools and local community venues. Working in partnership with a group of theatres, the Blahs will lend their educational expertise to enable venues to strengthen relationships with local schools and attract new audiences. The Blahs will also promote The Vultures’ Song to family and intergenerational audiences, as part of the company’s exciting plans to expand its reach.
Inspired by the Partition of India in 1947, The Vultures’ Song uses stories collected from those involved but is not sited explicitly in one time or place. The play resonates across cultures and generations, connecting to contemporary issues around migration, change and community.
Written by award-winning playwright Mike Kenny, The Vultures’ Song was developed over two years. R&D took place in both the UK and in India, with Delhi-based partners Yellowcat Theatre – one of the few theatre companies in India committed to producing stimulating, original work for young audiences interrogating questions of life through ‘seriously playful’ means.
With the opportunity to engage a broad range of audiences, and suitable for families and ages 9+, The Vultures’ Song is a timeless production relevant to contemporary discourse around migration and cultural diversity.
Further information about the tour and how to book tickets will be available on our website soon. Read on to see what previous audiences thought!
The Vultures’ Song is a compelling and entertaining story of loss, survival and reconciliation. The play follows a young girl’s journey to safety as she experiences the consequences of a land divided. A comical committee of inquisitive vultures narrate, poking fun whilst they loiter, observing and waiting to clear up. Along the way we meet the girl’s protective older sister, friendly neighbours who risk their own safety to help, people exploiting the situation for their own gain and other children who have benefitted from the changes in their country. Finally we see the girl reunited with a member of her family, a joyful conclusion to an epic and transformative journey.
What our young audiences say…
‘You could really understand what was going on and it was funny.’
‘When I was listening to the story my mind was just hooked and I was not paying attention to anything else, just the story.’
‘I thought the performance was fantastic because it was engaging and explored some really interesting issues.’
‘I enjoyed it very much because it went deep into topics without telling us directly.’
‘We liked that they switched from story to the present. I like that it was not a fairy tale.’
What our adult audiences say…
‘All staff and students got so much out of the performance itself and also it had an impact on them in many different ways… Our art teacher thought it the best thing she’s seen and is buzzing with ideas.’ – Drama teacher
‘One of the best productions I have seen… There was nobody who wasn’t completely entranced.’ – Teacher/group leader
‘The concept/theme was fascinating and something that is very rarely explored or discussed [in school] but should be. It really stood out as a very unique and special performance.’ – Teacher
Writer: Mike Kenny
Director: Deborah Pakkar-Hull
Cast (2018-19): Edward Day, Simone Lewis, Richard Priestley, Ravneet Sehra
Designer: Hannah Sibai
Music: Gerry Smith
Photography © Lizzie Coombes 2018