"The young cast are all excellent and their stories are given added atmosphere by the music, which uses everything from saws to singing bowls."
— Hettah Juddah, The Times
The Wolf Road (1998—9)
The Gate Theatre, London
Ragnarok, the battle at the end of the world is fast approaching, but gods and giants are too engrossed in turmoil and feuds to notice. Freyja, the most sensual goddess, offers herself to four dwarves in exchange for a gold necklace. Thor, god of thunder, strives to regain his stolen hammer. Loki, a shape changing trickster is only momentarily stopped from causing mayhem when his lips are sewn together, and Fenrir the wolf struggles to free himself and wreak havoc on the Gods.
This production was inspired by: the Poetic Edda written in the thirteenth century by Snorri Sturlason based on oral tales brought to Iceland by Vikings; the penguin book of Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley Holland.
Writer: Nick Mcarty
Director: Penny Cherns
Producer: Alys Kihl
Designer: Will Hargreaves
Lighting design: Douglas Kurt
Music: Jan Hendrickse & Ben Harlan
Movement director: Liana Nyquist
Assistant costume designer:
Ingrid Macody Lund
Production manager: Sarah Grimshaw
Stage manager: Julie Sproule
Master carpenter: Rebecca Oliver
Musicians: Jan Hendrickse & Ben Harlan
The Monument Trust
The Leche Trust
"Storytelling may not yet be the new rock ‘n’ roll but companies like Wonderful Beast could help in that direction." — Charles Godfrey-Faucett, Time Out
"The often brutal, often comic episodes are brilliantly recounted and mimed by a small group of actors." — John Gross, Sunday Telegraph