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The Pecking Order

The Pecking Order

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The Pecking Order, by Stepping Stone Productions.
The Old Hall-Wesley Methodist Church 75 Taranaki St, February 12th-15th 8pm. $15 waged $12 Concession and $10 Fringe addict card.
Bookings or questions to 0274148001.

Pigeons as a metaphor for the downtrodden of society? This new work
premiering at the Fringe 07 has a mood which is blatantly confrontational, set to disrupt the general comfort zone and ruffle some feathers.

"We wanted to use pigeons in this work as they are such a perfect example of life that is crushed and unappreciated in our society," says Sophie Stone, the co-creator of 'The Pecking Order' "The world we live in is one that is constantly striving for beauty, power and greatness, pushing down anything that does not fit into this mould. We wanted to write a play exploring this power hungry society through pigeons who are right at the bottom of the food chain."

It is not, as you might imagine, a bunch of actors dressed as birds, clucking around the stage saying "this blows". Instead it's a story of four people struggling to find their place in society, having to scavenge and fight much like those pesky birds we love to hate. Each character has to deal with stereotypes and labels that have been placed upon them and choose whether to back down or speak out.

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"It's really very playful," says Kent Seaman, the co-creator "We wanted a piece that was easily accessible to anyone that might be interested. Although we are addressing the political attitude of our country, we didn't want it to become dreary like a bad politician's speech. It needed to remain fresh and fun, and that's where the pigeons came in."

For a thought provoking look at the most unwanted bird, The Pecking Order provides an emotional and stimulating journey and will perhaps make you look at life with a new respect, or at least make you spare a few breadcrumbs.


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