Return of The Wildman Tour

27 October - 4 November 2017


“A really startling piece of theatre”


Wonderful Beast will be touring the production this autumn and is delighted have been given permission by English Heritage to stage the play inside Orford Castle. The two performances, surrounded by the impenetrable stone walls that the Wildman would have known, promise a unique and immersive experience.


Local writer, Thea Smiley, spins a fascinating tale set in an evocative and historic landscape where the Wildman reappears, enthralling us with his mythical powers. The highly dramatic narrative is performed by actor Martin Bonger, with atmospheric music played by Sylvia Hallett, traditional sea shanties performed by the Wonderful Beast Singers (a local amateur group of enthusiastic vocalists) and voiceovers written and recorded by the children of Aldeburgh and Orford primary schools.


Tour Dates and Booking:


27 October |  Seagull Theatre Lowestoft |  7.30pm | £8 (concessions £6)

Booking: 01502 589726


28 & 29 October | Halesworth Cut | 3pm | £5

Booking: 0300 3033 211


31 October | Southwold Arts Centre, St Edmund’s Hall | 7.30pm | £10 (concessions £8)

Booking: 01502 722572 email:


1 November | Orford Castle | 7.30pm | £15 (reduced price of £8 for Orford residents)

Booking: 01728 451408  or Online SOLD OUT


2 November | Avenue Theatre | Ipswich | 7.30pm | £10 (concessions £8)

(includes post-show talk with Martin Bonger, Sylvia Hallett and Alys Khil)

Booking: 01473 603388


3 November | Orford Castle | 8.00pm £15 (reduced price of £8 for Orford residents)

Booking: 01728 451408  or Online SOLD OUT


4 November | St Peter’s by the Waterfront, Ipswich | 8.00pm | £10 (concessions £8)

Booking: 01473 225269


With thanks to: Scarfe Charitable Trust, Suffolk Coastal District Council and Suffolk County Council.





Sharing Our Stories – in development


This pilot project involves mainly Eastern Europeans working in local hotels and restaurants in Aldeburgh and Thorpeness, who have been telling a group of Wonderful Beast volunteers their stories in informal gatherings over food and wine. We have recorded some amazing tales and had tremendous fun. The aim is two-fold, to extend a welcoming hand to the foreign workers into our community, and to explore ways of co-creating a new piece of theatre inspired by their personal stories and fairy tales.


A very positive outcome of these meetings is that a volunteer from Wonderful Beast has offered to give free weekly English lessons to hotel staff keen to improve their language skills. This is a fruitful partnership that has been developed with the hotels training and management team.


Thanks to Thorpeness and Aldeburgh Hotels for their tremendous support and hospitality


 Email Alys Kihl for more details.