April: Wonderful Beast’s Spring Sing – all ages welcome!


Monday 15 April 6.00–8.00pm


Singing workshop for Wonderful Beast Singers, families, and friends, led by Rob Gildon and Alys Kihl.


Venue: The Elms, Halesworth Road, Walpole, IP19 9AZ.

Contact: info@wonderfulbeast.co.uk or telephone 01728 451 408 for more details.


August: Wonderful Beast at FolkEast


Sunday 18 August 7.30pm


A musical and theatrical event to promote The Last Woodwose tour in September.


Featuring members of the Wonderful Beast Singers, a ‘woodwose’ and musicians Kimberley Moore and Alfie Carpenter.




September: The Last Woodwose


A new touring play by Thea Smiley, about a wild woman of the woods: a sequel to the hugely successful Wildman of Orford by the same writer:


The character of the Woodwose of our story is a strong, dignified, mature woman, and a challenger of conventional ideas of femininity and beauty. Her language is entwined with nature writing and poetry, the play merging drama, storytelling and music, expressing a certain cross-genre wildness. The threatening forest of fairy tales is inverted, highlighting instead environmental and ecological dangers of extinction from deforestation. East Anglian legend is woven into the story, reinvigorating old tales and infusing the play with its own local and historical potency.


Wednesday 11 September 4.00pm, HighTide Festival premier in the magical woodlands on the Blackheath Estate by kind permission of Michael and Patty Hopkins, followed by a tour of East Suffolk woodlands including Staverton Park and Kali Wood, and the church of St John’s Saxmundham and St Michaels’ Framlingham where these mysterious medieval carvings of woodwoses can be seen adorning the fonts.


Two free matinees for the school children who will have taken part in the outreach project, I am a Woodwose, will attend a performance in one of the two churches Evening performances will be held for the general public.


All details of dates and tour venues to follow shortly.


Funding so far for both the tour and outreach has been received from The Scarfe Charitable Trust, Leiston and Sizewell Community Fund, Association For Suffolk Museums, The Marchus Charitable Trust, Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust, and private donations. Results of an Arts Council bid and other applications are due shortly.