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Crick Crack Club presents:


A Fairytale For Grown-Ups

Doors: 7.30pm | Starts: 8pm | Running time: 75 minutes (no interval) | Suitable for: adults 14+

Thu 18 April // 20:00

Tickets: £12.50

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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. Within a few weeks he will have flown thousands of miles south and three miles high over the Sahara Desert, sending signals back to England as he travels through Libya and Chad to the Congo.

Myth and science collide as storyteller Malcolm Green and musician Josh Green (Sam Lee & Friends, Super Best Friend's Club) celebrate this iconic bird. The nest-bombing, spring-heralding cuckoo has been part of folklore for thousands of years, but now the bird is disappearing in England, and we are already forgetting his song.

Intimate and affecting, this is not just the story of a bird, but a story of migration and planetary communication: a metaphor for how we move through space and time, how we're known, and how we're forgotten...

'A tour de force of environmental art.'
Mark Cocker, author and naturalist

'Beautiful! See this show!'
Dave Pritchard, UK Arts & Environment Network


Malcolm Green is both a naturalist and storyteller. In his work he endeavours to integrate a more-than-human perspective, collaborating with archaeologists, scientists and musicians to create a tapestry of ecology, myth and personal experience. Endeavouring to take audiences away from the separate world of us and them to a sense of belonging. This has led to performance pieces which include Shearwater, Gone Cuckoo and Growth Rings. These have toured in Britain and in Europe in theatres, village halls and festivals, from the Shetland Islands to Ljubljana.

Malcolm has taught storytelling at numerous venues, including running regular programmes at The International School Of Storytelling and lecturing at Newcastle University. He has also done much work in schools and colleges, and as manager of the Rising Sun Country Park (Newcastle upon Tyne) for many years, made storytelling central to the interpretation. More recently he has collaborated with a meditation teacher in a programme called Sitting With Trees.

He is an active member of the Europe-wide Council Of Storytelling, which explores the role of storytelling in contemporary issues of society and the environment. He is a founder member of A Bit Crack Storytellers (abitcrack.com) with whom he organised the collaborative Dreaming The Land walking project.



'The Crick Crack Club is something special.'
A Younger Theatre

Founded in 1987 by world-class performance storyteller and sector pioneer, Ben Haggarty, today Crick Crack Club is the UK's busiest and boldest performance storytelling programmer and promoter. It creates exuberant, intelligent, wild, weird and wonderful events in London, Bristol, Dorset, and across the UK, that draw people from all walks of life into a shared experience and the stunning content of international fairytale, folktale, myth and epic. Featuring outstanding performance storytellers and the very best new talent, its annual public programme of shows and residencies can be found in theatres, at festivals, in castles, caves, village halls, rose gardens and derelict warehouses.

'A treasure house of humour, romance and myth.'
City Limits

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Every month, Crick Crack Club brings its wild haven of fairytale, myth and epic to the awesome red velvet surroundings of Bristol's finest independent cinema, theatre and place of happenings, The CUBE Microplex; THE place in Bristol for unusual events, performance art, spoken word and live storytelling for grown-ups.