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Northumberland National Park goes cuckoo for the Cuckoo

For thousands of years, the sound of the Cuckoo has permeated songs, poems and stories throughout folklore.

In an exciting collaboration between storytelling and musicianship, a father and son duo from the North East are exploring what makes this elusive bird so unique in a compelling new stage show which is being performed across the county as part of Northumberland National Park Authority’s spring events programme.

Brought to life by celebrated storyteller, Malcolm Green and his son, Joshua Green, ‘Gone Cuckoo’ tells the migration story of a male Cuckoo bird as he travels from the moorlands of the North of England to the deserts of deepest Africa, sending signals back to the UK via a tiny radio transmitter strapped to his back.

Combining myth and legend with scientific fact, Gone Cuckoo is both entertaining and educational, addressing the issue of conservation and why, if we don’t act fast, we may soon stop hearing the iconic cuckoo’s calling.

“Sadly, the cuckoo bird is disappearing in England,” said Caroline Cope, engagement officer at Northumberland National Park Authority.

“Gone Cuckoo is a fantastic addition to our spring events programme for 2018 as it is not only highly entertaining, but it also helps to engage people through the arts with conservation and the environment which is of course, of the utmost importance to the National Park.”

The first performance of Gone Cuckoo is taking place at The Cheviot Centre, Wooler on Saturday 19 May at 7pm.

Tickets cost £8.00 and are available to purchase online through the Northumberland National Park website and Eventbrite. To find out more, visit www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk/events/gone-cuckoo.