Pain and grief can convince a person of almost anything — and there are few pains more agonising than that of a parent grieving for their child. So when a young man arrives at the home of Mel and Leo, they want desperately to believe him when he claims he’s their long lost son. Perhaps it’s the miracle they’ve been hoping for. Or perhaps it’s something far more sinister.
Presented by 15 Minutes From Anywhere, Cuckoo may be named after a famously murderous brood parasite who lays its eggs in the nests of other birds, but you don’t need to know much about ornithology to know that something isn’t quite right. Described by director Alice Bishop as a play that resists categorisation, Jane Miller’s script sets out to explore our capacity for self-delusion, combining a deep sense of compassion with a wicked sense of humour. To find out any more, you’ll need to see it for yourself.
Cuckoo will be performed at fortyfivedownstairs July 8 -26. For more information, head over here.