Happy New Year! Here's a look back at 2017 and an update on our exciting 2018 plans.
Return of the Wildman 2017
Autumn was filled with preparation and rehearsals for our tour of Return of the Wildman which visited an intriguing variety of venues with the purposes of reaching new audiences and building new partnerships. Performances were staged in the intimate Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft, the Halesworth Cut in the popular Herring Festival, The Avenue Theatre and St Peter’s by the Waterfront, Ipswich, Southwold Arts Centre, a barn in Iken celebrating Wonderful Beast’s 20th birthday and, like a dream come true, Orford Castle. Being the home of the Suffolk legend this ancient site provided the most atmospheric venue imaginable. Twinkling illuminations lit the somewhat treacherous path up to the castle and the theatricality of the impenetrable stone walls inside the keep created a stunning backdrop for the two sold out performances.
In addition to the performances, workshops took place in local primary schools to give the children an inside experience of what it is like being a member of a theatre company and having their own scripts based on the Wildman legend brought to life with the help of our professional team.
“I felt proud that my story was chosen and when it was acted out it felt like it was a real event…”
“I liked it when you are the guard and you are just trying to inch out to the Wildman and every time he turns round it’s really tense.”
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson 2017
Hot on the heels of the Wildman, Artistic Director, Alys Kihl joined forces with the wonderful poet, Dean Parkin, to deliver three workshops in Snape, Aldeburgh and Leiston primary schools celebrating the lives of the two sisters, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and her sister Millicent Fawcett, who were brought up in Aldeburgh, one who against all odds became the first female doctor in Britain, the other who worked tirelessly to give women the vote. Suffolk does produce amazing women!
Orla's Moon and Orla and the Sun 2018
Spurred on by an overwhelming demand from families, libraries and Early Year’s organisations for more high quality live performance and creative stimulation for 0-3s, we are currently planning to revive both Orla and the Sun and Orla’s Moon, our immersive musical shows for this age group.
Storm of Stories 2018
Save the date! Storm of Stories 2018 will take place 12-14 October in Leiston and Aldeburgh. This is Wonderful Beast’s 4th arts festival of theatre, music, fairy tales and stories in a feast of shape shifting delights involving professionals, amateurs, children and local residents. Many exciting details to follow.
Photo Credit: Mike Kwasniak