No Direction Home: Zugunruhe

Dates and Times

Tue 23 - Wed 24 Oct at 7:15pm

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Ticket information

£12/10 (conc.)

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Presented by MECHANIMAL

Zugunruhe (zoo-gun-rue): an ornithology term for ‘migratory restlessness in birds’. This show explores the incredible flight of a marsh warbler, the world’s only bird whose song echoes its migration route. Body-compasses, magnetic fields, African sunsets, star-chasing, storm-riding, homing… Zugunruhe offers a wild, fresh look at migration. Rehearsing among birds in the wetlands of Somerset, performer Tom Bailey creates a feast of bird behaviour alongside a digital sound map of the marsh warbler’s journey, made by composer Rowan Evans. Developed in residence at UCL Migration Research Unit. Supported by The Leverhulme Trust, Arts Council England and Red Brick Building. 

Reviews and awards

Herald Angel award winner

“Unusual, utterly compelling solo show” ★★★★  The Herald, Aug 2018

“Global and international… a unique and mesmerising production”★★★★ Fest, Aug 2018

“Thoughtful, well-performed and beautiful show” – Fringe Review

“Extraordinary… moving and enlightening” – New Scientist 

“Never thought I would be so engrossed by watching a man pretending to be a marsh warbler trying to fly the nest for first time.” – Lyn Gardner

Listen to Tom Bailey’s tweet of the day on BBC Radio 4 here

Supported by The Leverhulme Trust, University College London, Arts Council England and The Red Brick Centre.  


About the Company

MECHANIMAL is an international theatre company based in Bristol, UK.  

Recent projects include: Possession (DCAF festival, Cairo 2018) and Ghost Sonata (Saari / Finland), both supported by the British Council.  

Recently the company was Leverhulme Artist in Residence at UCL, and artist in residence with the National Trust.

Image credit: (c) Tom Hatton

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