Flying The Nest

‘An interactive show introducing young explorers to the wonderful world of Birding!’

Flying The Nest is a devised show inspired by British Birds.  In true HandMade Theatre style this piece is an interactive theatrical experience designed with and for children and families.

This show invites our audience to sit in their very own bird nests, enrol in hatchling college, and learn all about native birds and how to be a good birder.  Filled with a fantastic mix of music, drama, facts and fun, this gently humorous show brings to life native bird characters in a new and engaging way.  The piece is a visual feast of puppets, props and costumes including lots of things with which to get hands on and interactive.

Read reviews of Flying the Nest below:

Buxton Festival 2015

Woodside Festival 2018

Arnot Hill Park 2018

In the creation of the piece, and to support the performance, we have also developed a series of exciting workshops.  These help to inspire, excite, and inform the production, and include story telling, music, willow weaving and puppet making – all influenced by our bird theme.

Check out our Dates & Events page for up coming performances.

For more information and to book please use our Enquiries and Bookings page.

‘My favourite bit was feeding the different birds in their nests and all the songs!’ Young Person

‘We could really see the confidence of the children growing as they took part, they all loved it’ Teacher

‘I thought it was brilliant, my boys loved it and great fun – I can’t think of anything to improve it!’ Parent

‘I loved that it was so interactive, very engaging throughout.’ Parent

‘I cannot recommend this show enough to those with young children! The energy of the show is outright contagious, the story is captivating and easy to follow and not to mention extremely informative! I left not only entertained by the performance, but knowing just that bit more about birds, too!’

Flying The Nest Practitioners:

  • Creative Director/designer: Amy Nicholson
  • Creative producer/performer: Suzy Gunn
  • Guest Director: Becky Matter
  • Musician/performer: Ben McElroy
  • Musician/performer: Gareth Price-Baghurst
  • Set Construction: Ben Thomas @ START in Salford
  • Ideas & Inspiration: The Children @ Rosehill Summer School & St Andrew’s School
  • Bird Research & Family Workshops: Attenborough Nature Reserve