the compelling tale of a bird’s journey
Shilbottle Community Hall
Friday May 4th at 6.30pm
This father and son collaboration of storyteller, Malcolm Green and musician, Joshua Green follows the trail of the Cuckoo to explore the world of this extraordinary creature through stories, songs, music and myths – and a touch of shape shifting. The show will be flying into Shilbottle Community Hall to carry audiences along with them on this journey.
It’s just before sunrise at RAF Fylingdales on the North York Moors and a male Cuckoo is having a tiny 4.5g radio transmitter strapped to his back. A few weeks later he will have flown thousands of miles south and 5km high over the Sahara Desert, sending signals back to England as he travels through Libya and Chad to the Congo.
With fact stranger than fiction, the show takes a cuckoo’s eye view of that story as one of a billion birds that breathe the earth into life as they travel from Europe to Africa and back again.
For thousands of years the Cuckoo has been part of folklore and its song has inspired songs, stories and poems. Now it’s song diminishes and this secret messenger is teetering on the edge. Does Cuckoo have something to tell us about our moment in history? Or even about our place in the world?
Malcolm is a storyteller who has pioneered the use of storytelling in environmental education. His work blends his love of storytelling, local culture and traditions and he is a regular collaborator with artists, scientists and archaeologists. He is a founder member of Newcastle’s A Bit Crack – one of the longest running storytelling groups in the country, which has been presenting monthly storytelling events, festivals and cutting edge storytelling projects for over 25 years. He is an experienced educator and workshop leader and has also written a book of ‘Northumberland Tales’.
Josh Green is a musician ad singer. He plays guitar and percussion and performs regularly with Sam Lee and his own band in Newcastle. He works for the Lawnmowers Theatre Company as a musician and facilitator.
Gone Cuckoo has received support from the British Trust for Ornithology as part of a Cuckoo tracking project. It is touring to Shilbottle with Highlights Rural Touring Scheme.
‘An accomplished, engaging and beautifully constructed tour de force – with a message’ Dave Pritchard (Chair, UK Arts and Environment Network, and consultant to the Convention on Migratory Species).
Suitable for ages 7+
Running time: 2 hours with interval