Stupid F*cking Bird

Tangram Theatre and the Pleasance


Main House - Pleasance London


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In compliance with government advice, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close Pleasance London and cancel the show Stupid F*cking Bird. This poses a significant challenge not only to Pleasance but also Tangram Theatre.

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This show contains strong language, nudity, violence and sexual references.

Forget The Seagull. It's just another stupid f*cking bird.

Con, angry young man and unpublished playwright, is writing a play for his girlfriend Nina. Nina, meanwhile is falling for the renowned author Doyle Trigorin, who happens to be dating Emma, an ex-hollywood star... and Con's mother.

Masha, the family cook, is in love with Con. Dev, Con's best friend, is in love with Masha. No one is in love with Dev. And Sorn, Emma's brother and Con's uncle is very, very lonely.

Oh and of course, there's a far too easily accessible gun in the house.

In this award-winning, irreverent, moving and wonderfully f*cked up adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull, US playwright Aaron Posner delves deep to show just how funny and disappointing love, art, and growing up can be. (Especially when you're searching for meaning in a ridiculous world that just doesn't really seem to care.)

Director Daniel Goldman returns to London following the award-winning Thebes Land (Best Production, Off West End Awards 2017), with a stunning double bill of UK premieres from the Americas.

Praise for previous productions of Stupid F*cking Bird:

"The expletive smack in the middle of the title of Aaron Posner’s “sort of” adaptation of The Seagull is not there for decoration, or even provocation. It is wholly emblematic of Mr. Posner’s raw, theatrically audacious version of this Chekhov classic." New York Times

"An anachronistic, ostentatiously metatheatrical approach to Chekhov's 1896 black comedy about moneyed artsy types who go looking for love in precisely the wrong places." Chicago Reader

"This propulsive and very funny production is going to be one of my favourite shows of the year. And I can say that even though we’re just over halfway through it!" Audrey Journal

"You really don't need to know the original text to enjoy this. You will love Stupid F*cking Bird!" Australian Stage

Aaron Posner is an award-winning US playwright, director and educator. He has written and adapted more than 20 plays including Life Sucks (from Uncle Vanya), No Sisters (from The Three Sisters), District Merchants (from The Merchant of Venice), JQA, The Heal (from Sophocles’ Philoctetes), adaptations of Chaim Potok’s The Chosen and My Name is Asher Lev, Who Am I This Time? & Other Conundrums of Love (from stories by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.), and the family musicals The Gift of Nothing and Me…Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall.

He is a founder and former Artistic Director of Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre and has directed at major regional theatres across the US including the Folger Theatre, Arena Stage, Round House, American Players Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Alliance, Cal Shakes, Seattle Rep, and many, many more.

He proudly serves on the faculty of American University in Washington, DC.

Daniel Goldman is an award-winning director, translator, playwright and producer. Directing credits include Thebes Land (Off West End Award - Best Production), You're not like the Other Girls Chrissy (co-directed with Omar Elerian - Stage Award & Olivier Award Nomination), Wanawake Wa Heri Wa Windsa (Shakespeare's Globe Theatre & International tour), Oedipus at Colonus (The Cambridge Greek Play), Frankenstein (Inside out Theatre, Beijing) & Songs of Friendship with James Rowland (Three Weeks Editors Award).

Daniel has been the artistic director of Tangram Theatre Company since 2006 and he was the artistic director of CASA Latin American Theatre Festival from 2007 until 2019.

Supported by Arts Council England

Presented as part of the Tangram Theatre mini-season of plays from the Americas with The Rage of Narcissus / Stupid F*cking Bird Save

10% when you book both shows together! (Discount automatically applies on full price tickets.)

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