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  • ROUNDABOUT @ Summerhall - Roundabout
  • 17:05
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Boundless Theatre and Boom Shakalaka Productions
  • Warnings and additional info: Strobe Lighting, Strong Language/Swearing. No latecomers.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 1 year


In Margate, an isolated teenager forms a band and finds her voice with the help of a gang of exotic birds. A new musical about finding your flock and ruffling feathers, Parakeet is a feast for the ears, eyes and heart told through irresistible song, poetry and electronic sounds. Discover the new spirit of punk: punk with empathy. Written by Brigitte Aphrodite with music by Quiet Boy. 'Imagine the Mighty Boosh crossed with the best episode of Girls. Prepare to cry and laugh several times over. You’ll leave a better person' (Elle for My Beautiful Black Dog).

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Information not supplied
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 7 August, 14 August, 21 August
  • Type: Closed (Tablet)
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Kelly 85 days ago

Loved this show! I have been telling everyone to watch. Uplifting teen war cry for change with birds. Loved the music, costume, attitude. Great work :)

John Handscombe 96 days ago

Squeeeeeeee!!! I've found my Fringe thing of 2019!!! Absolutely joyous celebration of being young and full of hope and love! A riotous hilarious uplifting bag of music and beautiful words and raw talent. Punky feminist teens in Margate kicking the fucking world back into shape.

I have never wanted to hug a play so much.

Ben L 97 days ago

Parakeet is lovely, heartwarming, funny and epigrammatic. The music is wonderful.

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Musical Theatre Review (3/5 stars) 78 days ago

Her challenge at the top of the show to adults that we should “look up to the sky” resonated through a piece which tells of three 17 year old activists and punk performers who make a different in their community.

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 82 days ago

What with Tracey Emin, the immigration crisis, and soaring London property prices, the Kent town of Margate has become something of a site of struggle in British society, a prey to forces of both gentrification and reaction. ...

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Whats On Stage (3/5 stars) 83 days ago

There seems to be an avian theme to the gig theatre shows in the Roundabout at the Fringe this year, with Boundless Theatre and Boom Shakalaka's Parakeet running alongside Middle Child and Daniel Ward's Canary and the Crow. If the latter is the sweaty, anarchic and bombastic of the duo,...

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Exeunt 84 days ago

Birdwatching is cool. Ecology is cool. David Attenborough is “kind of sexy”. Saving trees and bird species is sad and difficult and hard work, but within its very audacity is a crucible of colour and neon. Really, it’s all one big rave. And it all happens, apparently, in Margate. At...

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The List (4/5 stars) 84 days ago

Girl-power musical about three bird-loving teenage girls in Margate...

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Mind the Blog (4/5 stars) 84 days ago

What matters most with this show is the feelings it inspires, as well as a sense of catharsis for the generation that feels so consistently ignored and dismissed. They have their own new ‘punk’ ideal, that’s anarchic but ultimately empathetic – smashing the system to create a caring new world.

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Radio Summerhall 85 days ago

[T]he points this play makes are well worth making, and the whole thing races along in a raucous, sometimes shambolic, manner that captures much of the punk ethos.

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Miro Magazine (3/5 stars) 89 days ago

The Parakeet trio (Lula Mebrahtu, Isabel Oliver and Michelle Tiwo) could never be said to shy from a challenge. In Boundless Theatre’s beautiful blend of spoken word and punk-youth anarchy, they bond together through their otherness and make a cause to save local wildlife from destruction. Because Gen Z do care. Because they are willing to stand up and fight.

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Theatre Weekly (4/5 stars) 89 days ago

Parakeet is modern and innovative, but most importantly it speaks the voices of a generation, and encourages those who watch it to also find their voice.

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Broadway Baby (3/5 stars) 90 days ago

In a bizarre but glorious amalgamation of all things good, Parakeet stands as a protest piece that calls for greater measures against climate change and, well, a commitment towards a deep held obsession with parakeets.The green-haired and brilliant Brigitte Aphrodite introduces us to the show (reminding us that she is...

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British Theatre (4/5 stars) 91 days ago

Gig theatre is getting stronger and very much in evidence this Fringe. Pulsing with a punky best, Parakeet flies in with a vibrancy and youthfulness that is hard to resist. Originating from Margate, the piece has a strong environmental message that never preaches and gives hope for the future.

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FringeReview 91 days ago

We are welcomed into the Paines Plough Roundabout by a beaming Bridgette Aphrodite, dressed in neon green, allowing us to take our seats in this safe space. We are handed makeup pens and informed we could, if the mood took us, write affirmations, thoughts, messages or feelings on ourselves for...

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The Guardian (3/5 stars) 95 days ago

Planting saplings has been proposed as part of a DIY solution to the climate crisis, for those of us who can’t approve legislation (about a trillion new trees should do it). So what direct action can be taken when councils lop down precious trees? That’s one of the questions posed...

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