‘Morecambe Birdman’ on theatre tour

Cast and crew from the Alternative Outcomes theatre company including John Wilkinson, seated front, pictured in 2013.
Cast and crew from the Alternative Outcomes theatre company including John Wilkinson, seated front, pictured in 2013.
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Here is your chance to see the Morecambe Birdman as you’ve never seen him before.

John Wilkinson, well-known our town for his love of feeding pigeons, will star in a play at The Dukes in Lancaster tomorrow night (December 10).

John, who lives in the West End of Morecambe, plays the part of the narrator in a modernised version of ‘A Christmas Carol’ where some of his co-stars are homeless people.

John gained national media attention earlier this year when The Visitor campaigned to ‘Free the Morecambe Birdman’ after he was sent to prison for breaking terms of an anti-social behaviour order restricting his bird feeding activities.

Now he is part of an eight-strong cast who have just returned from touring their play ‘Ebenezer Dealer’ around homeless action centres across the North West.

Vicki Ciaputa, creative learning officer at The Dukes and director of the play, said: “John loves it and takes on the role so well.He really comes across as a Dickensian storyteller.

“He’s been giving encouragement to the other cast members too, he’s been absolutely great.”

‘Ebenezer Dealer’ sees Scrooge become a drug dealer who then learns the error of his ways.

It is performed by the Alternative Outcomes theatre company, formed last year. Most of its members use the Lancaster District Homeless Action Service.

“It’s been really inspirational to see the level of commitment from these people when they have such difficult lives,” said Vicki.

“With each performance they get more confident.”

The half-hour performance is free and starts at 7pm. There will be a Q&A with John and the cast after the play. To book the free tickets call 01524 598500.