The Whirlybird gets ready to fly! Touring to schools, nurseries and the Puppet Animation Festival 2019

We are delighted to announce that our brand new theatre production, The Whirlybird, is about to begin its first Scottish tour, performing at schools, nurseries, community and theatre venues across Scotland during March-May 2019. Please see below for tour details and how to book.

The Whirlybird is a funny and moving story about a bird that yearns to fly, featuring movement, music, bird song and puppetry. In a cosy nest, two birds look skyward and get ready for their maiden flight. While flying comes easy for Bird, Whirlybird just can’t get the hang of it. After many failed attempts, inspiration is found in a very special flying seed.

This ecological tale celebrates the differences that make us unique, finding inspiration in nature and the wonder of flight.  Suitable for children aged 3-7 years and their families, the production will enthral and inspire young audiences about the natural world and bring them closer to nature through a quality theatre experience.

This tour includes our fourth year as part of Puppet Animation Festival, the UK’s largest performing arts event for children, which exists to bring quality theatre and animation to all audiences around Scotland.

The Whirlybird was created in association with Platform and with support from Creative Scotland, Sylvia Waddilove Foundation and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. Touring to schools and nurseries is funded by the William Syson Foundation and Glasgow City Council’s Area Partnership.

For bookings throughout 2019 and 2020, please contact Nina Doherty on


Tour dates and booking details

4th March – 31st May 2019
Schools and nurseries across Scotland

Wednesday 20th March – 10.30am
McKillop Institute, Lochwinnoch Arts Festival

Sunday 31st March  – 2pm
Swallow Theatre, Whithorn

Thursday 4th April – 2pm
The Barn, Banchory

Saturday 6th April –  2pm
North Edinburgh Arts

Tuesday 9th April – 11am
North Berwick Community Centre

Friday 12th April –  11am & 2pm
The Pagoda, Grantown on Spey

Sunday 14th April –  11am & 1.30pm
Aberdeenshire Farming Museum
Ticket link tbc

Tuesday 16th April –  10.30am & 1.30pm
Platform, Easterhouse

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th April –  10.30am & 1.30pm
Music Hall, Aberdeen Performing Arts

Further dates added!

Visit The Whirlybird page HERE for the full list of tour dates in 2019 and to watch the show trailer.

Dates are still available for summer and autumn 2019 and spring 2020 tours. Please contact for availability.