Bill’s Attic Auction – a lot of Lots

The full auction catalogue is here … inside you’ll find details of each of the 21 Lots which have been kindly donated by friends and family. A huge thank you to everyone who has donated.

If you can’t make it to the auction on Thursday 5th December at The Redruth Drapery in Cornwall you can still bid.

We are accepting sealed bids. Email your bid, by noon on Thursday 5th December 2019 to [email protected] Rose will bid up to that amount for you at the auction. Mark your email BID CONFIDENTIAL.

Auction items as at 28 Nov 2019

Bill’s Attic is moving house

Bill Mitchell, internationally recognised Artistic Director of WildWorks and Kneehigh, created shows that dazzled: 100:The Day the World Changed; The Very Old Man with Enormous Wings; Tristan and Yseult; Wolf’s Child; The Passion. (more…)

Bill’s Attic Fundraiser … Save the Date

A call out to friends, fans and family. Help us to give Bill Mitchell’s Attic, a space packed with 40 years of collection and creativity, a new life.

On Thursday 5th December we’ll be hosting an evening of celebration and fundraising with live music, dinner, charity auction, surprises. More information coming soon.

Thursday 5th December 2019

The Redruth Drapery, Cornwall.


Our Canadian exchange

In the autumn of 2018 we were contacted by a Canadian theatre company asking us whether we would be interested in talking to them about applying to the New Conversations, a fund created by British Council, the High Commission of Canada in the UK and Farnham Maltings with support from Arts Council England.



What to do on #CanadaDay ? Actually, it’s the day we wave goodbye to our shores for a week as we set off on the first leg of our Canadian exchange. Like an excited school exchange student we’ve been counting down the days to go on our artistic adventure.


Delving into the archives

Have you ever wondered what happens to the all material used on the making of a WildWorks production? We set Amy, a student from University of Exeter, a challenge to explore the WildWorks Theatre archive held at the University’s Penryn Campus. In a  series of blogs Amy will show you what she has found during her delve into the archive.


Len Gibson- Queen’s Birthday Honours List

We are delighted to hear that Len Gibson has been awarded A British Empire medal in the Queen’s birthday honours list this weekend for ‘Services to World War Two Remembrance and the community in Sunderland.”


Welcome to our new Board

We had our first meeting with our brand new board last week, well, all bar one as Trustee Chris Morris was away working. See you next time Chris!

A Beautiful Friendship- World Poetry Day

It was brilliant to see British actor, Olivia Coleman, honoured at the Oscars a few weeks ago. I’ve saved her speech to watch when I need cheering up…the perfect combo of emotion and humour !

The Favourite starring Olivia Coleman is the story featured in ‘The Room of Quarrels’ in The Enchanted Palace, commissioned by Historic Royal Palaces for Kensington Palace 2010-2012

Happy World Poetry Day!


A Beautiful Friendship

Things happen

to this princess

who lives

in a time

long ago.

She is born weeping

and doesn’t seem

to be able

to stop.

As a toddler

she is sent


to visit

the Royal Oculist

of France.

No mama.

No papa.

No sister.

Just her

in her golden frock

holding her small lapdog.

All who look after her

just seem to die.

Her grandmother.

Her aunt.

When she comes home

it is her mother’s turn.


She is ousted

She is loveless.

She is cared for

by others.


The princess is sad,



Until one day

she meets

a girl

to play with.

She is gorgeous,



and a bit bossy.

She is

everyone’s favourite



she is willing to become

the shy, plain princess’s

best friend.

They can


hold hands,

tell secrets

and dress up

in each other’s clothes.

They have

a make-belief



the kitchen table.

The princess

always follows.

Her friend

is the bossy one

and she likes that.


Time passes.

They grow up.

There are weddings,

there are sorrows.

there are many

tiny burials.

And still the friends


in their kitchen domain.

Now the princess

is Queen

and her friend

is the Mistress of the Robes.

There are intrigues.

There are betrayals.

There are WARS.

They run

into the kitchen

no more.

The Queen

is burdened

with Queenly concerns.

Her Lady

presumes too much.

The Queen turns her back.

She will be bossed no more.

It is the end

of a beautiful



When friends so fast part forever

their bitter words etch through the walls

and leave a trace.

You can hear them still.


Poem: WildWorks/Mercedes Kemp

Images: WildWorks/ Steve Tanner

Guest Director

We’re on the look out  for a Guest Director for our next project.



By Charlie Bunker

Over the past few months we’ve been working with WildWorker Seamas Carey on a project inspired by ‘Bill’s Attic’. This has formed part of our ‘Wildly Talented’ training and development strand, which is about nurturing new artistic leaders of the work; by giving them the space, support and encouragement to create.



At WildWorks, sites that are loaded with story fascinate us. Classically, we’re known for creating shows on a large scale but we’ve also made work in smaller spaces; such as a cabinet.


National Lottery #ThanksToYou Giveaway

National Lottery #ThanksToYou campaign is to say ‘thank you’ to National Lottery players for contributing to funding of Good Causes all over the UK. National Lottery players raise, on average, £30 million each week for projects all over the country.