Rex McGregor’s play, The Birds are Feeding Me looks at rising tensions in a condo building as the Covid-19 lockdown goes on. Its characters search for solace in nature, except for one resident who is finding nature a bit too natural for his liking.
Here, Rex discusses his play, his writing career and his vision for a post-Covid theater world.
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1. What inspired you to write this play?
The Birds Are Feeding Me was written during lockdown when birds started landing on my balcony. At first, I was annoyed at having to wipe up the mess they left. But I decided to turn the experience into something positive. So I wrote this play about the healing power of nature.
2. What do your think the audience will take away from it, what will they be talking about after seeing it?
I hope audiences will relate to the tensions of neighborhood conflicts. I’d like to think they will appreciate the resolution.
3. How and when did you start writing plays?
I first began writing plays when I was at university, influenced by the French and German dramas I was studying. About 10 years ago, I enjoyed watching a festival of 10-minute plays. I thought, “I can do that” and haven’t stopped since.
4. What do you expect from a post-covid theater scene?
It will be great to have live productions again. But I hope we don’t lose the international connections provided by Zoom.