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 is currently on its maiden tour during March – May 2019 in nurseries, schools, theatres, community venues and festivals across Scotland, including dates at the Puppet Animation Festival 2019.

For bookings, please contact nina@ecodrama.co.uk. There are still dates left in our March – May 2019 tour, and we are also taking bookings for tours throughout summer and autumn 2019 and spring 2020.

The Whirlybird Trailer from Eco Drama on Vimeo.

2019 Tour Dates – further dates to be added

The Whirlybird will be presented at the Puppet Animation Festival 2019 during 30th March – 20th April, and is touring across nurseries, schools, theatre and venues throughout 2019 and 2020. Festival dates marked with * below.

  • Tuesday 5th March – Bellrock Nursery, Glasgow (private performance)
  • Wednesday 6th March – Sandaig Nursery, Glasgow (private performance)
  • Thursday 7th March – Sandyford Nursery, Glasgow (private performance)
  • Monday 11th March – Maryhill Park Nursery, Glasgow (private performance)
  • Tuesday 12th March – Elmvale Nursery, Glasgow (private performance)
  • Wednesday 13th March – Our Lady of the Rosary Nursery, Glasgow (private performance)
  • Thursday 14th March – St Mungo’s Nursery, Glasgow (private performance)
  • Monday 18th March – Lourdes Nursery, Glasgow (private performance)
  • Tuesday 19th March – Nithsdale Road Nursery, Glasgow (private performance)
  • Wednesday 20th March – Lochwinnoch Arts Festival – 10.30am
  • Thursday 21st March – Langa St Nursery, Glasgow (private performance)
  • Monday 25th March – East Park School (private performance)
  • Tuesday 26th March – Hamiltonhill Family Learning Centre (private performance)
  • Wednesday 27th – Milton Community Nursery School (private performance)
  • Thursday 28th March – Pollokshields Early Years Centre (private performance)
  • Sunday 31st March – Swallow Theatre, Dumfries & Galloway – 2pm*
  • Thursday 4th April – The Barn, Banchory – 2pm*
  • Saturday 6th April – North Edinburgh Arts – 2pm*
  • Tuesday 9th April – The Loch Centre, Tranent (venue originally changed from North Berwick Community Centre – note this performance is now cancelled due to a venue issue)
  • Friday 12th April – The Pagoda, Grantown-On-Spey – 11am & 2pm*
  • Sunday 14th April – Aberdeenshire Farming Museum – 11am & 1.30pm*
  • Tuesday 16th April – Platform Auditorium, Easterhouse – 10.30am & 1.30pm
  • Tuesday 23rd April – Glenwood Nursery School (private performance)
  • Wednesday 24th April – Glenwood Nursery School (private performance)
  • Thursday 25th April – Aultmore Park Primary School (private performance)
  • Saturday 27th April – Aberdeen Performing Arts – 10.30am & 1.30pm
  • Sunday 28th April – Aberdeen Performing Arts – 10.30am & 1.30pm
  • Thursday 2nd May – Nuffield Nursery 4.30pm
  • Thursday 30th May – Hampden Primary School (private performances)
  • Saturday 1st June – The Children’s Wood, Wild Carnival – time tbc
  • Saturday 6th July 2019 – Eastwood Park Theatre, Family Festival – 11am & 2pm
  • Sunday 7th July 2019 – Howden Park Centre – 10.30am & 1.30pm
  • Saturday 20th July – Glasgow Canal Festival – time tbc
  • Friday 18th October 2019 – Dundee Rep – 11.30am & 1.30pm
  • Saturday 19th October 2019 – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh – 11am & 2pm
  • Thursday 26th March 2020 – Cumnock Town Hall – 10.30 & 1pm

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

“Hi we got to see Whirlybird today!!! It’s fantastic, both the girls LOVED it! They both asked me if the birds were doing ballet, which they loved!” Audience Member, Lochwinnoch Arts Festival

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

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

“I liked the flying seeds”

“My favourite was the colours and the swirly ribbons”

“I liked when they were flying”

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!” By Maisie age 9

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

“A show for much younger children, with even tiny toddlers reacting with squeals of delight to the gorgeous, colourful set by Claire Halleran… [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