Deliciously chilling, spring-loaded with tension.
Two strangers take refuge in an isolated cottage to escape the ravages of unexplained attacks from the birds. All communication has been lost and whole of society appears to have disintegrated into chaos. After a while, their uneasy domesticity is upset by the arrival of a younger woman and where two is company, three becomes a crowd.
Forget the special effects of Hitchcock’s 1964 movie with flocks of marauding birds bursting down the chimney. McPherson’s adaptation for the stage gives us a more subtle and sinister terror, focussing on the effects of such a threat to the very fabric of civilisation.