Orla's Moon and Orla and the Sun Tour May 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 reviving both Orla and the Sun and Orla’s Moon, our immersive musical shows. We will be on the road for a two week Library tour in Suffolk and a three day Early Childhood Festival in Queens Park, London, curated by Creative Futures. See what's on for full details
13-15 July immersive singing weekend and benefit for the Beast - Old Chapel Walpole
Our enthusiastic amateur choir, The Wonderful Beast Singers, will spend from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon in a glorious singing workshop with composer, musician and choir leader Martina Schwarz ending in a performance to raise funds for Wonderful Beast’s community music theatre production in October. More details to follow for booking tickets.
NB We are looking for more male voices. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Storm of Stories 2019
Over a period of five weeks in early 2019 local school children and the Wonderful Beast Singers will participate in workshops with Romanian singer, Monica Madas, and members of the thrilling international band, She’koyokh.
“The best Balkan and klezmer music in Britain.” (The Evening Standard). Link to website www.shekoyokh.co.uk
This exciting project inspired by central and eastern European stories and music, and the sessions we have held with foreign staff in local hotels, will culminate in three performances involving professional actors including Martin Bonger, Matt Prendergast and Annie Firbank, students from AYM (Aldeburgh Young Musicians), the three schools, the Wonderful Beast Singers and She’koyokh.
More details to follow.
A reminder of last year's achievements:
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!
Photo Credit: Mike Kwasniak