When the Birds Come

Theatre (drama, new writing)

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  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Margaret has always told her little brother Stanley it's his fault the ice is melting. She doesn't want to live in the Alaskan tundra. She wants to run away and be a normal teenager in Anchorage. Years later, the rift between the siblings has seismically grown. In a fast-melting world, will love be left behind? Hit writer Tallulah Brown returns to the Fringe following the blazing success of Songlines (2018): 'Magic' **** (Times). 'Charming... unflinchingly accurate' **** (Scotsman). 'Sensitive and soulful' **** (Stage).

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: There are 50 steps into this venue from the cowgate entrance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Maria 96 days ago

A very compelling play with the actors giving it their all. Fringe theatre at its best.

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The Times [paywall] (4/5 stars) 85 days ago

We are in a Yupik village called Newtok in southwestern Alaska and you can hear the ice breaking, the river rushing — and a brother and sister squabbling. Margaret is 13 and desperate to be at least 21. Her brother Stanley is 8 and believes his hands are capable of...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 86 days ago

Margaret and Stanley are Yupik, growing up in Newtok in rural Alaska on the banks of the Ninglick river. She is nearly 14, he is eight. They watch the snow geese migrating, observing with curiosity that their flight gets earlier each year. As does the arrival of spring. Margaret wants...

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Bouquets & Brickbats (4/5 stars) 88 days ago

This delightful, enviromentally-conscious two-hander by Tallulah Brown, tells a poignant story, yet also manages to give a stark warning about the impending disaster that awaits our planet.

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 93 days ago

It’s the end of winter in rural Alaska and the ice is melting more than it should. ...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 94 days ago

The impact of the climate crisis is made tangible in this quietly delectable two-hander. The attic room in Underbelly forms a kind of igloo over us as 13-year-old Margaret and her little brother Stanley glide over frosted wooden crates. In Alaska, the ice is melting and the overflowing Ninglick river...

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Broadway Baby (3/5 stars) 98 days ago

As might be expected, the environment – specifically, the “environmental emergency” we currently face – is one of the more notable themes running through this year’s Fringe. This play, written by acclaimed Suffolk-born playwright Tallulah Brown, views the consequences of climate change through the eyes of two children – Margaret...

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 101 days ago

Look for tickets... This is a play about the very current topic of climate change, looked at through the eyes of two children living on the Alaskan tundra. And written surprisingly by a Suffolk playwright, but one who has already achieved acclaim with work at a previous Edinburgh Festival and...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (3/5 stars) 101 days ago

Tallulah Brown’s follow-up to last year’s Fringe hit Songlines is a meandering meditation on sibling relationships, betrayal and environmental disaster. Based on the real-life struggles of the Yupik tribe in A...

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