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Today I Killed My Very First Bird


Voodoo Monkeys and Theatre Royal Plymouth present…

A Southeast London gangster starts to lose his grip on reality when he’s forced to look back at the traumatic childhood that made him who he is. The more he remembers, the more brutal he becomes. But just when he’s offered a second chance, it might all be too late.

This pacey, powerful, and heartbreakingly authentic exploration of hope and despair combines immersive sound and bold storytelling to create a vivid and visceral theatrical experience.

Theatre Royal Plymouth co-produce an unflinching, relentless and stomach- churning new play based on lived experience.

Age guidance: 18+

Trigger warnings: This show contains instances of strong/racist language, drug references, themes of abuse and sexual violence, and childhood trauma.

Music by Greta Hennessy. Listen to the soundtrack here.

If you’ve been affected by any of the issues discussed in this show, there are details of organisations that offer advice and support below:



National Association for People Abused in Childhood:


Plymouth-based substance misuse charity:


Jason Brownlee

Amber L Jacobs

Sue Raphael

Brandon Howard

Sham Ali


Production Team

Director – Lee Hart

Sound Designer – Greta Hennessy

Lighting Designer – John ‘JP’ Purkis

Producer – Ben Lyon-Ross

Head of Production – Hugh Borthwick

Head of Sound – Daniel Mitcham

Associate Sound – Tom Hennessy

Technical Stage Manager and Operator – Craig Standen

Writer – Jason Brownlee

Marketing Officer – Ellie Woolman

Supportive Friend – Jade Campbell