Back in the box: the "ridiculously charming" Capsule

So our run of Capsule at Warwick Arts Centre is over and all the bits are packed away. It’s been a short but hugely enjoyable fortnight and we’d like to say an enormous thank you to all our lovely audiences, and to those who also user-tested the Difference Engine. And of course to the team at Warwick for making us so welcome!

It’s tricky to make comments or post pictures about a show that hinges on a surprise/twist without giving the game away, but we’ll try and do that and post some stuff up here next week.

Here’s a few from Twitter:

@PhilipHolyman:  I loved @birdmail’s Capsule (now sadly finished, but hopefully not forever); as Marlowe once put it, “infinite riches in a little room”.

@HollyCParkerx: @birdmail You didn’t disappoint – what a FANTASTIC twist. Definitely unlike anything I’ve seen before. Fab fab fab and ridiculously charming. Very endearing.

@Cathryn_G: Capsule is something fresh – unusual and much appreciated – I want to see it again now to appreciate nuances that passed me by.

@Philippa_Cross: @birdmail I SO loved that 🙂

@HelK_: Want to tell everyone the twist in #capsule but really you should just go and see it. Great show @birdmail

@davideophone: A fantastic show by @birdmail – you won’t see another show quite like it! Brilliant!

@richperkinslib: Go see Capsule at Warwick Arts Centre – an experience you’ll never forget.

@petambu: @birdmail fantastic & surprising show! #capsule @peskypeople truly brilliant!

@peskypeople:  This is amazing U have to go >> #capsule by @birdmail @warwickarts I got to the dress rehearsal + roadtest it w/ iphone #subtitles

“It’s a consideration of the beauty of theatre; simple sounds and images can transport us to wherever we desire…a charming piece of performance, and Talking Birds, the company behind the production, really do know how to let their audience have a bit of fun.” [Dan Hutton]

Audience reaction video made by Keira Smalley.

We’d now like to take Capsule out and about a bit, so fingers crossed you’ll be able to take a trip in it yourself soon at a venue near you…

On re-opening the Capsule


We’ve been squirrelled away at Warwick Arts Centre for a week and a bit now, re-acquainting ourselves with this 30minute show we made almost a year ago. And in getting to know it again, we’re remembering what it is we like about it and why we wanted to do it again (which is, frankly, quite a relief…)

It’s been fascinating – and tricky – to rework though, because it was originally made as an experiment. We had a space (; a month; a 3m x 3m x 2m walk-in ex-teapot to recycle; and a hunch that something made mostly out of sound happening around – and mostly out of sight of – the audience would make for an interesting piece.

The space was an empty warehouse. It was (very) cold and had/s a lovely – and very particular – atmosphere which shaped the piece in a particular way. Now we’re in the newest space at WAC, the Helen Martin Studio, and the contrast couldn’t be more marked.

We *think* we’ve translated Capsule into something that works in, for & with this space. On Thursday I guess we’ll find out whether the audiences agree with us…

[There is a very small handful of tickets left – ring Warwick box office to find out when/where they are: 024 7652 4524] **SOLD OUT**

CAPSULE returns! All set for 2 weeks at Warwick Arts Centre…

Next up for the Birds is 2 weeks at Warwick Arts Centre (starting on the 10th) to re-work CAPSULE which some of you will have seen in the freezing cold at FarGoSpace last year.

The shows at WAC are booking up fast, so get a ticket while you can…a nifty bit of programming means you can see Frantic Assembly on the same night.

We’re also trialling the tweaked version of the Difference Engine if you’d like to test that and feedback to us about what you think.