Gone Cuckoo (1st Performance)

Event Details


This event is free, and can be booked on Evenbrite (opens new window). There will also be limited tickets on the door.

There will be a later performance the same evening at 7pm, free tickets for this 2nd performance can also be booked on Eventbrite (opens new window).

It’s shortly after dawn at RAF Fylingdales and a cuckoo is having a transmitter strapped to his back. A few weeks later he will have flown thousands of miles across Europe and over the Sahara Desert to equatorial Africa. For millennia, the cuckoo’s call has inspired songs, stories and poems. Does he bring the spring? Tell our fortunes? Was he the shapeshifter that became a hawk? He certainly fools the reed warblers who feed him as a changeling baby. Now the voice of the cuckoo is fading – where has it gone?

Joshua and Malcolm Green will take you on a compelling journey into the world of the cuckoo, weaving together songs and stories of this extraordinary bird.

A beautiful story of a Cuckoo’s migration, as it travels all the way to Africa. Anyone with an interest in nature will love this show.


‘Musicianship and environmental performance-art meet history and myth…an engaging & beautifully constructed tour de force’. 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’)


The show will appeal to adults and children 10 and over. Younger children are welcome but may get fidgety!

This event is free. You are welcome to make a donation after the show if you want to.

Please cancel your ticket if you cannot make it, so someone else can come instead.

It will take place outside so please wear warm clothing/bring a blanket. Seating will be spread out to be covid safe.

There will be hot and cold drinks available before and after the show.

We will have a list of ticket holders on the door, so no need to print your ticket out if you don’t have a printer.

This performance is hosted by Wild West End and Greening Wingrove.

Wild West End is a 2.5 year Greening Wingrove project to look for Swifts, Housemartins, Bats and Hedgehogs in Wingrove and Arthurs Hill wards, and help to protect them. We are funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.