Theatre Company Presents Black Comedy Set In Bird Hide

A story about two men stuck together in a bird hide might not seem the most exciting basis for a play. But that’s the starting point for the Fourthwall Contemporary Theatre’s black comedy, “The Sociable Plover” which started last night at the Town Hall.

The single act play has just two characters, Roy Tunt, a dedicated twitcher played by Peter Dann, and the menacing Dave John, played by Nick Early, who bursts into the bird hide while Tunt is trying to spot his final British bird, the ‘Sociable Plover’ of the title.

Nick says the play is darkly comic with lots of twists and turns between the two actors.

Some might have seen the Film4 production based on the script, called The Hide, which Nick says is an even more sinister take on the story. And he says the language is a bit colourful, which makes it unsuitable for very young children, although he says no audiences have taken offence so far.

At this time of year, Scilly has plenty of birdwatchers and Peter says the play pokes fun at them a little but hopes they’ll still come along. And the pair have done some background work by visiting a bird hide yesterday on Tresco.

Nick is a regular to the islands. He’s visited for the past 12 years and says he loves the place, and his is parents have been coming for 50 years!

He brought his first production here, “Travels With My Aunt” last year and says it’s a noticeably closer community here and everyone is so very friendly.

They had two full houses for that play last year and are hoping to get three this year.

The Sociable Plover is on at the Town Hall tonight (Thurs) and tomorrow night, starting at 8pm. Ticket are £8 and £7 and can be bought in advance from the TIC.