• Amy Toledano

Feathers presented by Gutter Street

Updated: Oct 24, 2020

What is it? 

Gutter Street presents ‘Feathers’ written and directed by Leo Flanagan

What is it about? 

The day before a national draft, two ‘Feather’ siblings prepare for a separated journey to the north, to escape from the district’s draft board. Before they leave their bookshop they have one final visitor to their shop that make them question patriotism, ignorance and when does morality become cowardice.

How did it make me feel? 

Gutter Street’s ‘Feathers’ could be a tale told of today or yester-year. The term ‘Feathers’ in the piece is used as a form of cowardly behaviour for people not wanting to be ‘drafted’. It has an eerie ring to how things could become and to how some countries already draft. 

The intimate Calder Bookshop theatre (socially distanced down to a T) is the perfect setting for the bookshop that siblings Kaleb and Cecilly (performed superbly by Nathan Chatelier and Charlotte Keith) co - inhabit before trying to escape and flee to the north for safe haven. Matt Howdon as Haines gives much needed comedic relief and has a truly touching moment with Nathan Chatelier.

What is great about this play (written extremely well by director Leo Flanagan) is that it gives two sides to a complicated matter, to believe in the propaganda or to search for the proof that it is in fact propaganda.

It could easily have been another play about how one side is wrong but it shows that it doesn’t matter what side of the fence you are on, there are still going to be questions and doubt on both sides. 

Anything Else? 

It is so wonderful to see theatre coming back after such a long hiatus due to the pandemic, and even more pleasing is when the production is this good, and makes the audience question their own actions and opinions. This show absolutely deserves to have another run with a bigger audience.

Claire-Monique x

Feathers played at The Calder Bookshop from 25th to 26th September 2020.

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