THE SOCIABLE PLOVER

Images © Benjamin Ealovega. Poster design © Alan Reinl Ltd.
  • SYNOPSIS
    Nothing will stop Roy Tunt from spotting his birds and today – a stormy morning on England’s East Coast – he pursues a critical mission; one more tick in his notebook and Tunt will have recorded all five-hundred and sixty seven species on the British List, assuring fame and recognition amongst his peers. But might he, perhaps, have other plans? What, exactly, will appear framed in his binoculars? And who is the dark, handsome stranger battling his way through the flood waters towards him?

    PRODUCTION
    THE SOCIABLE PLOVER, our inaugural production, was staged in April 2005 at The Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington, London. Directed by Howard Ward and designed by Chrystine Bennett, the play starred Alex Macqueen and Tim Whitnall.

    It was revived at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, directed by Tim, moving on to a successful run at the Adelaide Festival 2010, before returning for a subsequent UK tour.

    “The Sociable Plover” continues to play internationally, performed by theatre companies, both professional and amateur.

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  • REVIEWS
    ‘A very tasty, very accessible and yet surprisingly dark joy’ DAILY MIRROR

    ‘Simply fantastic’ ALL THE FESTIVALS

    ‘Tim Whitnall’s script is superb… This is a brilliant two hander’ EDINBURGH GUIDE

    ‘Fine writing, fine acting, sharp and strong directing… Direct, dark comedy theatre at its very best’ -
    FRINGE REVIEW

    ‘Very cleverly written and directed… The best theatre piece I have seen so far’ ONE FOUR REVIEW

    ‘Hugely entertaining… Whitnall’s dialogue is profound and funny, capturing that essential Englishness that Alan Bennett does so well’ WHAT’S ON IN LONDON

    ‘A superbly performed production which works brilliantly… highly recommended’ FEST MAGAZINE

    ‘This quirky two-hander has real charm… there is as much humour as pathos to be found in Tim Whitnall’s tightly written script’ TIME OUT

    ‘By the end of this “Tale of the Unexpected”, the audience is almost literally delighted as a low-key opening transforms into a pleasure’ BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

    ‘This neat little comedy is a terrifically dark and suspenseful play’ WHAT’S ON STAGE

    ‘Whitnall’s writing is dark and comic… This highly entertaining piece of theatre keeps its audience enthralled and builds to a surprisingly dramatic conclusion’
    THE SCOTSMAN

    ‘Whitnall transcends the mechanical with the genuinely funny and not-so-genuinely sad’ THE STAGE

    ‘There’s much to praise about The Sociable Plover. It is often funny, sad and at times immensely moving… A clever play by Tim Whitnall’ FRINGE REPORT