Spring 2017


Orla's Moon


Wonderful Beast has recently benefited from  a residency at Snape to develop ‘Orla’s Moon’, a new immersive music theatre production for babies, toddlers up to three years old and their parents and carers. The same talented team of artists which created our first highly acclaimed production ‘Orla and the Sun’, is involved: Sarah Booth designer, Abimaro Gunnell singer, David Ogle choreographer and dancer, Zoe Palmer librettist and director, Jack Ross composer and musician, and new comers Rosie Adediran singer and musician, and Keir Vine musician.


Step into a beautiful moonlit world of dappled light, shimmering stars and tinkling bells and join us on Orla’s night adventure with her faithful dog, Silver, leading the way. Our welcoming cast will tell an enchanting story through song, dance and sensory props, inviting children to interact and immerse themselves in the joy of play.


We will be staging a series of performances in Mid Suffolk and Babergh in June thanks to the support of the District Council’s Arts and Early Years officers, as well as in the Aldeburgh Alternative Festival, Once Upon a Festival, Lowestoft and in London for Creative Futures.   See What's On for dates and venues.


Special thanks to our funders contributing to this project:  Arts Council England, Snape Maltings, Frank Jackson Foundation, Marchus Charitable Trust, Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust, Babergh and Mid-Suffolk District Councils, Suffolk Community Foundation and the Lowestoft Cultural Education Partnership.



Sharing Stories  


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.  One of the many positive outcomes of the project is a partnership with the Thorpeness and Aldeburgh Hotel Collection: together we are delighted to have initiated free English lessons for employees. Moving and funny personal stories are emerging from the students whilst confidence is slowly being built as they are welcomed every week into a nurturing and friendly atmosphere.  More news in due course on how Sharing Our Stories is leading to a new production.


October Tour - Return of the Wildman

We are delighted to announce that this production, a sell out in High Tide Festival 2015 and again in Storm of Stories 2016, is back by popular demand, featuring in the Herring  Festival  at the New Cut, Halesworth, as well as other exciting venues and we are particularly thrilled about performing in Orford Castle, where, as the legend has it, the Wildman was incarcerated and from whence he escaped!  See What's On for dates and venues.