The Whirlybird

Eco Drama in association with Platform presents The Whirlybird, an uplifting theatre show for children aged 3-7, featuring movement, music, bird song, puppetry and lots of things that spin!

In a cosy nest, two birds look skyward and get ready for their maiden flight. While flying comes easy for Bird, Whirlybird just can’t get the hang of it. After many failed attempts, inspiration is found in a very special flying seed…

A curious creature, ricketie-racketie on ground but in flight, a wildlife spectacle – a blizzard of wings, perfect elliptical twirls, a mass of orange and browns and a cacophony of sound!

The Whirlybird is a funny, playful and moving piece of visual theatre about learning to fly, encouraging one another and finding joy and inspiration in nature.

With a beautiful music score by award-winning composer Greg Sinclair and set and costume by Claire Halleran, The Whirlybird draws inspiration from the natural world to celebrate diversity and uniqueness and the wonder of flight.

The production was developed in collaboration with Platform Arts Centre and children at Buchlyvie Nursery in Glasgow, with support from Creative Scotland.

“A delightful show… slips from hilarity to pathos with ease, and keeps the children transfixed. With a colourful, autumnal set festooned with pine cones, a birdhouse, feathers and toadstool and gorgeous wee puppets, it is sure to fly further afield, soar, and keep going.”    Lorna Irvine, The List, read the full review.

The Whirlybird Trailer from Eco Drama on Vimeo.

The Whirlybird has toured across March 2019 – March 2020, reaching 4,376 audience members through 113 performances in 56 nurseries, schools, theatres, community venues and festivals across Scotland, including dates at the Puppet Animation Festival 2019.

The 2020 tour was unfortunately cut short due to covid-19 but the show plans to tour again during spring 2021. For bookings, please contact nina@ecodrama.co.uk.

2020 Tour Dates

  • 29th January – 30th April – 32 date Glasgow & Aberdeen schools and nurseries tour,  plus dates in East Lothian & Dumfries and Galloway schools
  • Monday 17th February – Eccleston Library, St Helens, Merseyside – 1pm
  • Saturday 22nd February – The Brunton, Musselburgh – 2pm
  • Thursday 19th March – Cumnock Town Hall – 10.30am & 1pm
  • Saturday 21st March – Rouken Glen Visitors Centre – 1pm
  • Saturday 28th March – Macrobert, Stirling – 2pm
  • Sunday 29th March – The Byre, St Andrews – 12pm & 2.30pm
  • Wednesday 1st April – Greenock Library (Beacon Arts Centre)  – 11am
  • Sunday 5th April – Eden Court, Inverness – 2pm
  • Monday 6th April – Village Storytelling Centre (private performance)
  • Wednesday 15th April – Edinburgh Science Festival – 11am (relaxed) & 2pm
  • Sunday 19th April – The Boo, Waterfoot, Lancashire – 3pm

Whirlybird Teaser from Eco Drama on Vimeo.

Meet the Creative Team

Reviews

“A delightful show… slips from hilarity to pathos with ease, and keeps the children transfixed. With a colourful, autumnal set festooned with pine cones, a birdhouse, feathers and toadstool and gorgeous wee puppets, both designed by Claire Halleran and featuring magical music from composer Greg Sinclair, it is sure to fly further afield, soar, and keep going.” 

★★★★ for Eco Drama’s The Whirlybird, Lorna Irvine,The List – read the full review

“Thank you so much. Our children had a fantastic day and loved your performance. They said it was magical! Our full time children asked if they could see it again in the afternoon as they enjoyed it so much.” Our Lady of the Rosary Nursery Class

“Was lucky to see a wee preview of this – wonderful. The wee one loved it too! So funny and moving.” Audience member, Platform

“After watching Eco Drama’s excellent Whirlybird, we went in search of more birds!” Cat, Audience Member, Lochwinnoch Arts Festival

“What a joyful piece of children’s theatre, all the children were completely captivated, me too! 5 stars!” Louise, Audience Member, Dundee Rep Theatre

“Lovely, lyrical, inspiring, thought provoking. Beautiful music and movement. ★★★★” Audience member, Dundee Rep

“Absolutely fantastic, informative and visually inspiring.”  Langa Street Nursery

“We all really enjoyed the show. It was innovative and got the children thinking.” Aultmore Park Primary

Children have been interested in seeds/planting/bird watching when outdoors. The show modelled kind behaviour, moral of ‘keep trying’ and being willing to ‘have a go’. Glenwood Nursery

“It was gentle and made the children think about birds in a deeper way.” Nithsdale Road Nursery

The show was very well done, it looked very interesting when the children came into the hall and there was a relaxing and calm atmosphere for them to come into.”  Lourdes Nursery

“Yet again, we were impressed with an eco-drama performance and would recommend them to other schools/nurseries. Thank you! Aultmore Park Primary

“I liked the flying seeds”

“My favourite was the colours and the swirly ribbons”

‘I liked the bird puppets’

“I liked when they were flying”

“It made me feel good, I was happy”

“It was funny”

“I told my granny about the show”

Children – various Glasgow nurseries

“I went to watch the whirlybird, and it was awesome! I wish I could go again. The acting and puppetry was great, and the story was heart lifting. It is for all ages! At the end, we got to play with the props! I loved it. I recommend watching the whirlybird, for it is a memorable experience that I will remember in years time. The music was very good!” Maisie

“This is all about bringing everyday nature centre-stage – before climate change robs tots of the real thing.” Mary Brennan, The Herald

“The Whirlybird offers a joyful celebration of the richness of nature, of a kind that becomes more useful and relevant, with every passing day.” Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman