Into the Cuckoo’s Nest

Martin Green and Lepus Productions (France, UK, USA)

Fri 26 Oct 2018, Sun 28 Oct 2018, Mon 29 Oct 2018, Tue 30 Oct 2018

Christchurch Park (Soane Street entrance)

Gig: FRI 26 21:00, Drop-in sessions SUN 28 18:00, MON 29 + TUE 30 21:00 // 90 mins // FRI 26 £10, part of SPILL Passes.


Photo by Martin Green

Before Martin Green knew what sex was, and before he knew that cuckoos don’t build nests, he knew the song the Cuckoo’s Nest.


Whilst looking at various bits of folk song recently, a version of this song appeared
in his YouTube sidebar. He 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.

Combining folk music, dance, song and film animation the initial experiments on the
Cuckoo project have been thrilling, daring and sometimes hair‑raising. Now, as the next stage in the journey, Into The Cuckoo’s Nest will further develop across SPILL 2018.

Fri 26 is a live gig featuring very special guest performers, and Sun 28 – Tue 30 will comprise of a series of drop-in sessions. As a piece that relies on audience interaction, though debate, and communal ritual, this is a prime opportunity to help develop a show with the artists.


Martin is a musician and composer, best known as accordionist in the award winning
folk trio Lau (Best Group, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, four times). He won a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists in 2014. His music commissions have included ‘Albatross’ at Glastonbury Festival’s Theatre Field 2004, Crows’ Bones for Opera North 2012/13 and Seiche for the Kronos Quartet 2016. His own project, Flit, was commissioned by the Barbican and Edinburgh International Festival and was seen by 7,800 people across the UK and in Australia in 2016.