Cirque Mechanics’ Birdhouse Factory Soars to the Wilson Center

The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College is pleased to announce that Cirque Mechanics will bring their awe-inspiring show Birdhouse Factory to the Wilson Center on February 10, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. The acrobatics and artistry of Birdhouse Factory were inspired in part by the masterful industry murals of Mexican-born artist Diego Rivera, the outrageous illustrations of cartoonist Rube Goldberg and the slap-stick style humor of Charlie Chaplin’s film “Modern Times”. While its inspirations make Birdhouse Factory artful, nostalgic, and funny, the true essence of the show comes from the circus.

Birdhouse Factory toured the United States and Europe for ten years inspiring and entertaining audiences and critics. The New York Times found this circus show “exceptional, evocative, … and engrossingly entertaining.” This is a simple story of daily life in a “widgets” factory circa 1935, where workers are brought together by the most unlikely of events: a bird accidentally injured by the main steam boiler. The accident and caring for the bird brings the workers closer and inspires them to break away from the efficiency and monotony of the assembly-line mentality and display their true inner talents and abilities. In the process, they use their bodies and machines to build birdhouses in a less efficient albeit joyful and soulful way.

Birdhouse Factory delivers a timeless message of hope, camaraderie, and the power of the collaborative human spirit when presented with adversity. Although conceptualized prior to the pandemic, and inspired by the Great Depression, Birdhouse Factory addresses the challenges faced by industry and workers during unprecedented times. The story is one of imaginative recovery, where humans create magic when working together towards common goals.

Tickets will be available online to Cape Fear Stage Members beginning 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 6, with tickets going on sale online to the general public on Friday, October 8, 2021, at 10 a.m. Please note that this is anticipated to be a full-capacity event, and will adhere to all local and state guidelines at the time of the show. Tickets may be purchased online, or by contacting the Ticket Central box office. Ticket Central is open for telephone and in-person sales from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday only. Ticket Central may be reached by telephone at 910.362.7999; questions may also be directed to

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