Orla and the Moon (working title)
Wonderful Beast is thrilled to have been offered a residency by Aldeburgh Music at Snape Maltings in March to develop ‘Orla and the Moon’ , a new interactive music theatre piece for 0-3 years old, their parents and carers. The same talented creative team, which performed our first production for this age group ‘Orla and the Sun’, is involved.
We will be staging a series of pilot performances in Mid Suffolk and Babergh in June thanks to the support of the District Council’s Arts and Early Years officers. We are also delighted to have formed a partnership with Creative Futures (CF) - transforming young lives through the arts- which will mean we will be able to roll it out to a further eight to ten Suffolk locations over the subsequent year or so, working particularly with libraries in order to attract parents with children aged 0-3 years.
Special thanks to our funders contributing to this project: Frank Jackson Foundation and the Marchus Charitable Trust.
Autumn and Winter 2016
As part of our work in the community, Wonderful Beast has been running a pilot project involving mainly Eastern Europeans working in local hotels and restaurants who have been enjoying informal meetings with us to share food, drink and their stories. We have heard some amazing tales and had tremendous fun. We don’t know exactly where it will lead as we have many more people to meet and many more stories to collect. The aim is two- fold, to extend a welcoming hand to the foreign workers into our community, and to explore ways of creating a new piece of theatre evolving from their stories.
On December 7 Wonderful Beast held a Christmas party which was attended by a new group of Romanians who had many a story to tell, two Spaniards, a Hungarian, a German and the Estonian manageress at the Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh. Crackers and hats were introduced much to the amazement of our guests but all were game to enter into the spirit of an English tradition.