Quirky Bird and Friends is a charming story for little people about learning to embrace your differences. The production is sweet, with a slightly home-made feel to the aesthetic which is complimented by a craft session for the audience after the show.

At times the audience address veers into panto territory, which can feel a little patronising, and overall the piece feels rushed. There are some lovely characters and a lot of adventures, but would have perhaps benefitted from doing half as much so everything could be done with more depth.

Quirky Bird has some really beautiful moments – the moon listening to our troubles is one that stands out – and a big heart that is most definitely in the right place. But it falls into traps that many inexperienced TYA companies fall into, and could benefit from a greater understanding of the specifics of its audience a little better.

Hattie Taylor