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« Summer 2013 »

We are *massively* busy at the moment, and there's no excuse not to catch something Birds-related in the next month! The Whale and We're Only Here Today were recently part of the Pulse Fringe Festival in Ipswich, and we have four other shows on in June/July. It would be great to see some of you at one or more of them...

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» Taking Flight

Taking Flight is a performance celebrating the life and work of Sir Frank Whittle, Coventry-born inventor of the jet engine. With music by Derek Nisbet, lyrics by Peter Cann and choreography by Emily Lloyd-Roberts. Taking Flight is sung by 100 children from 4 Coventry schools (Sir Frank Whittle, Edgewick, Sacred Heart and Courthouse Green) and is made in collabororation with the Performing Arts Service as part of Coventry’s Mysteries week. The performance will take place in Millennium Place at the feet of Sir Frank’s statue and will incorporate choreographed movement, film, live music and song to tell the story of the man from Coventry who shrank the world.

Performances Thursday 13th and Friday 14th June at 12.45 and 1.30 in Millennium Place, Coventry.

Coventry Mysteries Schedule


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» The OakMobile

For months now, we've been working on a top secret project for the National Trust - and now that we've nearly burst, we're able to tell you that the wait is nearly over! The OakMobile will launch to the world (well, Birmingham anyway) on Saturday June 22nd in Victoria Square from 11am. We'd love you to come along and see it...


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» Trade in Lunacy

Cure, containment, corruption: a theatrical examination of 18th century private asylums. Trade in Lunacy is a chamber theatre performance inspired by the practices of treating those diagnosed with ‘diseases of the mind’ in asylums in private homes, set up by individual entrepreneurs to generate income and enhance claims to cure.

An exciting new collaboration between Warwick Centre for the History of Medicine (CHM) and Talking Birds - this event builds on Professor Hilary Marland’s research into the history of mental disorder and its institutions.

On Thursday 27th June, a panel discussion and reception will follow the 6.30pm performance.

For information about the project and the Centre for the History of Medicine, visit: http://www.go.warwick.ac.uk/tradeinlunacy

Tickets available from OxBoffice or 0845 680 1926


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» Troy Story

Another outing for our successful family opera, made with Orchestra of the Swan and three Stratford Schools (Welcombe Hills, Thomas Jolyffe and Wilmcote) is at Town Hall Birmingham on 9th July. Children from three Birmingham schools (Brays School, St Patrick’s and St Edmund’s RC Primary School) are currently learning all the songs, and the July performance sees a combined choir of getting on for 200 children! Tickets are now available from the Town Hall.


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» The Whale

Finally, if you spot the Whale out and about, do take a pic! You can tweet these to @birdmail with the tag #tbwhale or you can post them on the Whale's very own facebook page.


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