F or seagulls, the confined streets of Dundee offers slim choices. They are lucky to find a trash bag, let alone a thrown out takeout. No wonder Laurie and Fusco are bickering. Lhe two seabirds are victims of the pandemic; hungry and irritable for lack of human waste.
Performed by Irene Macdougall and Ewan Donald, seagulls are our unlikely entry point into the room. John McCann, a magical-realistic ride around a city forced by Covid-19 to reflect.
It 's not just our physical waste that birds are interested in. Like airborne therapists, they peck our emotional waste, the waste that we put aside and tried to forget.
For young Jess Miller, c It's a family secret about her mother's death. Performed by Danielle Jam, lively and greedy, she wants the truth about her past. “When did it become a crime to just ask questions? She said.
For big brother James, it goes further. These are memoriesdriven back from a whole town. Hugging a book on Frederick Douglass, the anti-slavery activist who spoke here in 1846 , he believes that he cannot live in the present without confronting history. Played by Benjamin Osugo, he's stable but vulnerable, with a detachment that suggests a story of mental trauma.
As he spins with the seagulls above street lamps scattered like my. Walking the steps of Jen McGinley's civic stage, he reminds us of Dundee's sinful secrets. This is a town that sold in osnaburg the coarse laundry that made the clothes for slaves in the Americas . For Jess and James, black brothers and sisters in a predominantly white city, it'san unfinished business.
As reported by the press the death of George Floyd , Wings Around Dundee opposes past and present with something of the feverish intensity of those first months of locking. McCann's piece may seem prosaic when it's earthly but, in Finn den Hertog's elegant production, it soars with daring imaginative leaps as it ignores the laws of gravity.
With the woozy logic of a dream, it slides from the desolation of empty streets to the pomp of a televised quiz, a vision of turbulence and fracture in the search for the truth and reconciliation.