Before the Birds & The River: Two plays for community theatre

Angie Farrow


Angie’s plays provide an inspiring model for communities to use performing arts for exploration and healing.

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“… Before the Birds and The River demonstrate Angie Farrow’s ability to humanise global political crises, and to use the symbolism and poetry of theatre to promote debate about some of the most contentious issues of our times. They highlight the considerable potential of theatre to provide communities with a collective outlet for their stories, and a safety valve for their anxieties. The River has been performed by several schools throughout New Zealand, and this publication opens up the potential for further productions. Furthermore, Angie Farrow’s community plays provide an inspiring model for other communities to use performing arts for exploration and healing.”

— from David O’Donnell’s afterword

About the author

Angie Farrow, associate professor in theatre and creative processes at Massey University, has written extensively for theatre and radio. Her work for stage includes After Kafka, Amnesia, Memento, The Politician’s Wife, Esther and The Bowler Hat. Among her radio plays are All Packed Up, New Zealand Lamb, Carrion, Speed of Light and The Beauty Business. In 2014 she published Falling & Other Short Plays, and in 2015, Despatch. Angie has a special interest in experimental theatre, and her plays have won numerous national and international awards.

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Dimensions 148 × 7 × 210 mm

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