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By Daniel Jamieson

Annie is nobody’s somebody special. So lonely, in fact, she doesn’t ask too many questions when love finally comes in the shape of a swan called Cobbo. But even in Annie’s wildest dreams things aren’t straightforward. Memories start to float to the surface for Cobbo, memories that really shouldn’t belong to a swan. Annie, it seems, might not be the first woman in his life.…

An off-the-wall tale of mad love, fusing inventive physical performance with puppetry and a stunning live score on marimba and sax.

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Cast: Craig Edwards, Derek Frood, Cerianne Roberts & Jordan Whyte
Musicians: Nick Baron & Howard Jacobs

Writer: Daniel Jamieson
Director: Nikki Sved
Designer: Trina Bramman
Composer & Musical Director: Thomas Johnson
Lighting Designer & Technical Manager: Marcus Bartlett
Company Stage Manager: Elaine Faulkner
Sound Designer: Duncan Chave

The tale moves charismatically between dream worlds, human environments and watery realms to craft a very modern love story that casts a considerable spell.
The Guardian
Theatre Alibi create a tale so unusual and surreal that it holds audiences spellbound. Funny, tender and touching. Simply unforgettable…
The Stage
This grown up fairytale charms on many levels. Craig Edwards’s gracefully clumsy puppetry adds magic and Thomas Johnson’s score not only echoes the sounds of the swan but provides a complex shifting emotional background that mirrors the complexity of the emotions onstage
Venue Magazine

Writer's Note

I saw a young woman sitting down by the river one summer evening. She was barefoot and wore a long white skirt, romantic in a Victorian kind of way. Her feet dangled over the water and she was reading Madame Bovary. Nothing unusual there, you might say, except that she was absent-mindedly feeding crusts to a large cob swan, which waited patiently at her toes. They seemed more at ease together than most of the other couples down on the Quay that night. It felt I’d interrupted something intimate, as if they were waiting for me to pass so she could carry on reading her book to him out loud.

Why would a girl prefer the company of a swan to that of her own kind on a summer evening?

It’s not hard to see the appeal. You’ve only got to watch the faces of children feeding the swans to remember the longing to pick them up and bury your face in all those feathers. Their size and fierceness only heightened the appeal – the illicit dream of hugging a beautiful, wild thing…

And perhaps, if human company had proved difficult and unsatisfying, might you not be more likely to feel an affinity with something like a swan? Your own existence might seem mirrored in theirs – out there alone on the river all day and night, full of thoughts and feelings and glimpses of beauty they have no-one to share with…

Perfect companions then, swans and lonely hearts. But when should you start worrying about someone who prefers the company of a swan? Lots of people talk to their pets. It’s surely harmless fun to ascribe to animals moods and personalities they can’t possibly own, moods and personalities that are scrambled reflections of our own. That’s what makes them perfect companions.

But what if the animal in question answered back? What if our girl by the river was disturbed from her book by a wry chuckle from the beak of her swan? Should she take him home? Might happiness ever be found in such madness?

Daniel Jamieson