In these days few individual works of art can be as expensive as paintings. Auction houses and galleries vie with each other to make them so, sometimes discreetly helping purchasers to match their bids with cash. Some paintings are valuable as well as expensive – but which? This question weighs heavily on the central characters of this play, an artist who, after years of success, is inescapably confronted with it.
Three Birds Alighting on a Field was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in September 1991.