Wolf’s Child 2017

Darkness. Love. Terror. Freedom.
The wild.
Will you be led by sharp-tongued crows? Will you walk from the safety of civilisation into the deep-dark wild?

Wolf’s Child, tells the tale of ‘Mother’ who protects her girls from the dangers of the wild. When a wolf attack leaves her injured she sends her most trusted girl into the woods in her place. Here the girl discovers darkness, love, terror and freedom.

Wolf’s Child is a story for all the senses which stirs the soul and explores the very essence of being human.

In 2005 Kneehigh’s Artistic Director, Bill Mitchell, co-produced A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings and out of this production WildWorks was born. After 10 years creating work around the world WildWorks, (Souterrain, The Enchanted Palace and The Passion), return to Cornwall. This new adaption of Wolf’s Child has been created with communities in Cornwall for Cornwall at the Trelowarren Estate.

Suitable for ages 11+

Originally commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival and co-produced by WildWorks and Norfolk & Norwich Festival in partnership with the National Trust. Original research and development made possible with funding from Legacy Trust UK.

The show is mischievous, moving and … utterly magical

The Times on Wolf’s Child, Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Bill Mitchell’s team (professionals and community together) approach it with a fierce theatrical dedication which … pays off to memorable effect

Libby Purves

Great to see WildWorks at the top of their game with Wolf’s Child. Beautiful storytelling and use of landscape.

John McGrath – Artistic Director, National Theatre Wales / Manchester International Festival

At times surreal, at times comic and, by the end, totally moving

Glen Pearce, Public Reviews

I really didn't know theatre was this good. When's the next one?

Audience member
Rebecca Hulbert

Rebecca Hulbert

Rebecca Hulbert was born and brought up in Cornwall, and has followed, (and been a fan of), Wild Works since they began.

She trained for three years in Acting at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has since worked extensively in theatre, film, television and radio.

Over the past 17 years she has toured to many places in the UK and abroad working with a variety of companies.

Alongside acting Rebecca has also worked in Costa Rica initially as an artist in residence for the charity Raleigh International, working on water projects and community infrastructure projects, and then moving into Project Management in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, and then Logistics Management in India, building toilets and bio-gas units for cooking. In Cornwall she works for the charity WILD Young Parent’s Project as their Lead Art Worker, and teaches theatre at Falmouth University.

She is an associate actor for both Dreadnought South West Theatre Company (www.dreadnoughtsouthwest.org.uk) based in Exeter, and cube Theatre Company (www.cube-theatre.co.uk) based in Cornwall, and sings with the all women sea shanty band, Femmes de la Mer.

2014 | The Yule – Tide Ark - Ive | The Eden Project, Cornwall
2015 | The Yule – Tide Ark - Ive | The Eden Project, Cornwall
2016 | The Great Survey of Hastings | Hastings

Seamas Carey

Seamas Carey

Seamas Carey is a performer, composer and silent film pianist who grew up in Cornwall. At the age of 17 he escaped the clutches of formal education and began work as a multi-instrumentalist and composer for theatre. Since then he has toured continuously throughout the UK, Europe, Middle East and USA.

As well as touring, he's also worked in the studio recording numerous theatre, dance and film soundtracks and is a founder member and joint artistic director of Cornwall based theatre company Silly Boys. He recently composed and produced the solo project "Seamas Carey Meets His 4 Year Old Self" with the help of a 20 piece choir led by Vicky Abbott, and returned from a 9 month tour of Kneehigh Theatre's 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips.

Mary Woodvine

Mary Woodvine

Mary left drama school in 1989 and has worked extensively in theatre and television since then, from touring village halls through to performing at The Royal National Theatre and The RSC. She was a core member of Kneehigh from 1991 where she met and worked with Bill Mitchell and Sue Hill many times. Her first performance with the company was in WildWorks’ residency In Punchdrunk’s Masque of The Red Death at Battersea Arts Centre.

More recently she has been working with Ed Rowe AKA Kernow King in the sell out show Trevithick!

Television credits include ; Judge John Deed, Gerry Anderson’s Space Precinct, Pie in the Sky, Grafters, Eastenders, Casualty,, Heartbeat, Doc Martin and Poldark
Film credits include; Intruders, The Midnight Drives and Bronco's House

She is very excited and honoured to be in this very poignant and special production.

Sophie Ellerby

Sophie Ellerby

Sophie Ellerby is an actor, director and writer. Since graduating from the University of Manchester she has undergone training with the National Youth Theatre's REP Company. She is dedicated to working on projects that challenge social norms, inspire young people and ignite community imagination. Sophie is currently being mentored by HighTide theatre company to write her debut play LIT which is being previewed as readings at the Nottingham Playhouse, the Young Vic and finally at the HighTide festival in September 2017. She is also under commission from the National Youth Theatre to write the Playing Up final show, which will be performed at the Arcola theatre in July 2017. Sophie is thrilled to don Kaz's wings again, delve deep back into the woods and rediscover the magic that is Wolf's Child.

Steve Jacobs

Steve Jacobs

Steve worked with Bill Mitchell for 25 years going right back to the first “Wild Walk” when Bill was artistic director of Kneehigh Theatre. This was the first of many forays into Landscape Theatre that later grew into “WildWorks”. It has been wonderful to have had the opportunity to work on so many inspiring productions, including “Very Old Man With Enormous Wings”, “Souterrain”, “The Passion” and “Beautiful Journey”. It is exciting to be reviving “Wolf Child” this summer and continuing this work. As well as performing Steve also assisted Bill with performance direction and chorus leading, notably on “The Passion” and feels honoured to have been asked by Bill to take over and develop a project on St Michaels Mount.
Other companies that Steve works with include Miracle, Cube and The minack where he recently played Mr Tom in “Goodnight Mr Tom”. Other highlights include a year in Stratford with the R.S.C, touring Brazil with Dudendance and running away with NoFit State Circus. TV/Film include “Poldark”, “Tin”, “Gospel of Us”, “Wycliffe”, “Doc Martin” and “The Bill”.

Morgan Val Baker

Morgan Val Baker

Morgan Val Baker trained at LAMDA. Recent credits include Overspill (Hampstead Theatre), This Land (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and The Lamentable Tragedy (Tobacco Factory). Morgan has performed regularly with WildWorks Theatre over the last 5 years and is thrilled to reprise his role in this new version of the critically acclaimed show Wolf’s Child. On screen credits include Placebo (BBC), Doc Martin (ITV) and the American documentary The Extra Mile Adventure, where 18 artists travelled 8000 miles on an old school bus. Morgan is also a professional musician and multi-instrumentalist and a regular on the London folk circuit. He continues to compose and perform with The Invisible Circus.

Sue Hill

Sue Hill

'Cornish born and raised, SUE HILL is an actor, theatre maker and visual artist. In 1988 she joined Kneehigh, helping to grow their distinctive style of theatre. From 2000 until 2006 she was Artistic Director for the Eden Project, commissioning artists, writers and performers. With her brother Pete Hill she has made many large scale earth sculptures, including the celebrated Mudmaid at Heligan and the Dreaming Girl for the Chelsea Flower Show. She designed the head of the Man Engine, the giant mechanical miner that processed through Cornwall in 2016. She was a member of the core teams that created ‘The Enchanted Palace’ at Kensington Palace in 2010 and The Passion in Port Talbot with Michael Sheen in 2011. She has been invited to lead many arts masterclasses including Magnetic North in Ottawa, the International Artists’ Lock-ins in Jersey and workshops with groups as diverse as engineers at Buro Happold, young artists in Bhutan and City Council workers in Brisbane.'

Ellie James

Ellie James

Ellie James is an actress/singer who graduated from the National Youth Theatre's REP Company in 2014. Alongside her acting she is in a revolutionary punk band called SH!TS!CK. She made her acting debut in a WildWorks' show, shortly followed by a run at the National Theatre with OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD. Since then she has appeared in the Doctor Who spin off, CLASS, and in the upcoming BBC adaptation of JK Rowling's detective STRIKE SERIES. She is currently filming for British independent film, VS, before reuniting with WildWorks on WOLF'S CHILD. 

Additional Cast

  • Announcements to follow.

Many thanks to the many people who have helped bring Wolf’s Child to Cornwall.

Coming to see Wolf’s Child … here’s your need to know info ;


Wolf’s Child is an outdoor promenade performance through the woods at Trelowarren Estate on the Lizard. You’ll be walking, following the action through the woods.

The show will take place whatever the weather so please come prepared … suitable footwear, sunscreen, raincoats and sunhats but no umbrellas, seating or torches please.  In the event of severely extreme weather (unlikely) we may need to cancel in which case we’ll move you to a different performance where possible.



The site opens at 6pm for ticket holders. There’s a range of food options and a bar so please arrive early and get settled in.
The evening shows begin at 7.30pm and will last around two hours with no interval. It will be dark by the end of the event but we have plenty of stewards to keep you on the right path.



The performance is suitable for brave children aged 11 and above. It’s not suitable for children in buggies and babes in arms.



We have worked hard to make the performance as accessible as possible to as many people as possible given the nature of the show.

Torches aren’t permitted, but stewards will be available to assist anyone who would like help walking through the woods as it gets darker – please make yourself known to a steward on arrival.

The ground through the woods is uneven; at moments during the performance, audiences will be stopped for up to 15 minutes. Limited seating will be available – if you will need to sit during longer scenes, please make yourself known to a steward on arrival.

Guide dogs will be allowed, but due to the nature of the event we will be restricting to one per performance. Please call the box office to discuss availability on your preferred night.

Unfortunately, the route is not suitable for wheelchairs.



You’ll need suitable footwear for walking in the woods and suitable clothing – there is no shelter and the show will go ahead in rain. Please don’t not bring torches, umbrellas, pushchairs or seating.



New Yard Restaurant  Set pre-show menu.
Booking essential via Trelowarren on 01326 221595 2 courses £16.95
3 courses £19.95
Woodfired Oven Pizza
Pre and post show you can enjoy amazing woodfired pizzas from 6pm. No reservations or pre-orders, simply form an orderly queue.

New Yard Kitchen Food Van
Pre-show Delicious homemade burgers and chips (veggie option available)

Wolf Bar with woodfired oven pizza shop
Pre and post show  Open from 6pm and post show until late.



Directions from Helston:
From Helston take the A3083 towards Culdrose and The Lizard. Just past Culdrose, turn left at the mini roundabout onto the B3293 to Goonhilly/St Keverne. At the top of the hill (Mawgan Cross roundabout) take the third exit (do NOT go into Mawgan village) drive past Garras Primary School and just round the corner take the left turn signed to Trelowarren. Drive down the slip road and in, right, through the gates. The drive is approximately 1 mile long to reception. Beware of the speed bumps. When you get to the top of the drive turn left for reception and The Walled Garden Spa and straight on through the Restoration gates for the Restaurant and the Galleries.

Do not follow the sat nav as it usually takes you around to Mawgan.

If you have any questions please speak to the Box Office on 01872 262466.