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Into the Cuckoo’s Nest – a work in progress gig

Fri 26 October, 2018 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm


A live gig as part of our residency at SPILL.  Featuring the legendary Maddy Prior, Martin Green of LAU and on pipes the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winner Brighde Chaimbeul.  Maddy, Brighde and Martin will be joined by Punchdrunk regulars  Sophie Bortolussi and Rob McNeill.  

We’ll be  sharing some of our journey towards creating a new work Into the Cuckoo’s Nest.   The gig will see us swapping folk tunes, exploring stories, myths and going darker into the worlds we’ve been exploring.

Here’s some more blurb about Into the Cuckoo’s Nest

“give me a girl that will wriggle and will twist:
At the bottom of the belly lies the cuckoo’s nest”

Before I knew what sex was, and before I knew that Cuckoos don’t build nests, I knew the song the Cuckoo’s Nest. Whilst looking at various bits of folk song recently, a version of this song appeared in my YouTube side bar. I stuck it on out of nostalgia and one of the comments below was “we shouldn’t be singing these songs any more”. And thus started a trail of thought about folk song, sex and the rather disturbing nature of the cuckoo.

We’re only part way through making the show right now.  We know we’ll start with the seemingly timeless tradition of musicians swapping traditional tunes in a social setting, but from there we will begin a voyage into unsettling territories as stories of Zeus and the barbaric attitudes of cuckoos in the wild emerge.  We’ll move from pure folk music into a genre-defying mix of folk music/film/immersive theatre and electronica

Our initial experiments on the Cuckoo project– often around a camp fire – have been thrilling, daring sometimes hair raising. Now – as the next stage in our journey – we’re excited to be resident in SPILL further developing and rehearsing Into the Cuckoo’s Nest and we’d love to invite you into our process to join our explorations

“I see it in your eyes and it fills me with surprise
That your inclination lies in my cuckoo’s nest.”



Fri 26 October, 2018
9:00 pm - 10:30 pm


01473 295900


Christchurch Park, Soane Street Entrance
Christchurch Park
Ipswich, IP4 2BE United Kingdom
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01473 295900