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The Compelling Story of a Secret Messenger


This is a story about a bird and its extraordinary journey – but it is also a journey of the imagination, that makes a bird’s migration more than a just physical event but a metaphor for movement through time and space


Myth and science meet in this compelling tale of an iconic bird’s journey - told through story and song by Malcolm and Joshua Green. ‘Intimate and affecting’,an engaging & beautifully constructed tour de force'.

It all starts just after dawn at RAF Fylingdales on the North York Moors. 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 3 miles high over the Sahara Desert, sending signals back to England as he travels through Libya and Chad to the Congo.

For thousands of years the Cuckoo has been part of folklore and its call present in songs, poems and stories. But now this bird is disappearing in England and people are already forgetting his iconic 'cuck-coo' song  


See Facebook: Gone Cuckoo@Talesongs

Musicianship and environmental performance-art meet history and myth…’. Dave Pritchard (Chair, UK Arts & Environment Network, and consultant to the Convention on Migratory Species)

The performance was precise and compelling … such an exciting, multi-layered adventure.’ Linda France (award-winning poet)

‘Gone Cuckoo was inspiring and moving… it will fill audiences of all ages with wonder and delight.’ Prof. Nick Davies (author of ‘Cuckoo, Cheating by Nature’)

6th November 2019
'Gone Cuckoo' performed by Storyteller, Malcolm Green & Musician Joshua Green


About Malcolm and Joshua

Malcolm is a storyteller who has pioneered the use of storytelling in environmental contexts. Recent projects have included the ambitious 'Dreaming the Land' with A Bit Crack Storytellers and 'Shearwater' with Tim Dalling. Many of his projects are collaborations with musicians, film makers and archaeologists. Malcolm teaches storytelling at Newcastle University and runs workshops internationally. He is a founder member of A Bit Crack  and a member of the Council for Storytelling and Peace. He has recently written the book 'Northumberland Folk Tales'.

Joshua is percussionist and writer for the widely acclaimed contemporary folk band Sam Lee, which won the album of the year critic's choice in Songlines magazine for 'A Fade in Time'. He is vocalist, percussionist and dancer for The Super Best Friends Club, whose latest album, 'Love Blows' has had airtime on BBC radio 3 and radio 6 music. He is an experienced workshop and choir leader. He works for the Lawnmowers Theatre as a coordinator and musician.

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