Zugunruhe 2


Zugun­ruhe (zoo-gun-rue): an ornithol­o­gy term for migra­to­ry rest­less­ness in birds’. This show explores the incred­i­ble flight of a marsh warbler.

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 aims to widen the lens on the way we think about migration, looking at it from the point of view of natural history and evolution. By specifically exploring birds, the show takes audiences on a fascinating journey into non-human migration in the 21st century – and how this might in turn offer reflections on human movement.

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.

Filmed in an empty venue and on location in the south west during the January lockdown, Mechanimal present a digital imagining of their award-winning show, Zugunruhe.

Winner of an Edinburgh Fringe Herald Angel Award 2018

‘Unusual, utterly compelling solo show’ ★★★★ – The Herald

‘Global and international… a unique and mesmerising production’ ★★★★ – Fest

‘Thoughtful, well-performed and beautiful show’ ★★★★ – Fringe Review

‘Extraordinary… moving and enlightening’ – New Scientist