Pigeon Man Apocalypse
This article is from 2006.
The problem with starting a drama at the end, and then following that up with a long flashback to bring us up to date, is that we know the current predicament of our main character already. So his journey through life to this time and place has to be as dramatic and engaging as possible.
A violent, abusive mother and absentee father are put forward as the causes for the man ending up in an abandoned loft space and living off trapped pigeons and rainwater. The location and diet are original enough but, no matter how much energy goes into the performance, those reasons are much too familiar to fully engage our imaginations and, crucially, our sympathies.
The ending, where the writer strives for a poetic end to a less than poetic life, is the part of this play that works the best for me. (Alistair Rutherford)
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