The Feather Catcher

The Feather Catcher | Filskit Theatre

May 2013 | The Warren, Brighton Fringe

It’s perhaps just a coincidence that two companies of Rose Bruford graduates performing at The Warren in Brighton Fringe have shows called The (Something) Catcher, aimed at kids, with live music provided by a reed based instrument. However, it seems to be a very successful combination. The Feather Catcher is the offering from Filskit Theatre, who are becoming known for their use of pico projectors and storytelling.

The group makes great use of the projection, replacing complex projection mapping technology with a simple hand-held pico projector from the front of the stage. It is clear from the audience of children of all ages and their families that this loses none of the magic of what is being done, and I was never distracted by the presence of the operator front and centre – attention is directed well onto the interaction of the performers onstage with the projected image.

The music from the soprano sax and flute supports the action well, and the two performers are physically skilled and engaging. The story is simple and clear, and told without the need for text.

While it is aimed at children, and the arc of the narrative is clear with some nice playful use of the technology, the pacing seems a little flat and repetitive, with no real surprises or tension, and no clear changes in rhythm or dynamics in the different sections. That said, it never becomes boring – as evidenced by the enthralled audience of children, who are generally the best judge of when something stops being interesting.

About Ivor Houlker

Ivor runs Rooftop Productions in Hong Kong, a theatre company known for multidisciplinary contemporary work. He trained as an actor at Rose Bruford College, and completed his MA in performance at Goldsmiths College, London.

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