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The king of all birds

Written and Performed by Martha Knight


‘I’m going to do a few songs today. In about 30 minutes, we’re going to crown a new king. And then, I’m going to fly.’ 

We’re obsessed with seeing ourselves from above. We display aerial photos of our homes, we gather in our masses to watch men fly, and, every couple of hundred years, we crown a king. 
This is a fresh and playful trad gig for voice and vocoder. It picks apart our shared history with the sky: the years when it remained untouched, those first ventures into it, and now, our endless climbing: up, and up, and up.

Developed at FRINGE LAB. Funded by the Arts Council / An Comhairle Ealaíon. Supported by the PAN PAN Platform at Dublin Fringe Festival and by PAN PAN’s International Mentorship Programme 2021.


Writer and Performer — Martha Knight

Director — Joy Nesbitt

Producer — Ois ODonoghue

Set Design and Costume — Jack Rogers

Lighting Design– Jess F Kane

Stage Management — Anika Kidd

Reviews and Awards

Winner of The Listowel Residency “The George Fitzmaurice Award”


“When you leave the theatre and look up at the sky, it will have you imagining all sorts of stories playing out above our heads.”

— The Irish Times ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


“ Experimental soundscapes, folk music & electrifying voice distortion fuse in a vivid portrayal of our imagination & innovation.”

— Fringe Biscuit ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


“The King Of All Birds is a weirdly wonderful combination that yields most when surrendered to.”

— The Arts Review

"It is a witty, peculiar and quite unique production that will leave you confused and amused in equal measure."

-- No More Workhorse


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