14-18 NOW

This is the final year of 14‐18 NOW, the UK’s five‐year programme of extraordinary arts experiences connecting people with the First World War. Marking 100 years since the end
of this seismic conflict, our closing season is the biggest yet – and I’m delighted that one of its highlights will be a brand new work created especially for 14-18 NOW by WildWorks.


The Passion of Port Talbot

Easter weekend will always resonate with us at WildWorks. Last year we lost Bill on Good Friday. As always, his timing was impeccable as it allowed us to grieve privately in the bubble of the bank holiday weekend. As we get closer and closer to the show we were working on with Bill into his final days, 100: UnEarth, our thoughts turn to Easter weekend 2011 and The Passion of Port Talbot.

Riotous. Rambunctious. Rewarding.


World Theatre Day 2018

This summer WildWorks return to Heligan in Cornwall with 100:UnEarth – the company’s follow up to 100: The Day the World Changed in 2014. The two shows book-end the 100 year anniversary commemorations of WW1.



A poem by Mercedes Kemp
Mrs Dyer,
Loved her husband.


Quietly getting on with it.

So #IWD2018, International Women’s Day 2018 is here, a day designed to encourage communities to think and act to be gender inclusive and to celebrate the achievements of women.

WildWorks is a hive of female achievement, talent, ambition and creative vision.  (more…)

100: UnEarth now on sale

100: UnEarth is now on sale.  The show runs from 3rd to 22nd July 2018 at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, near St Austell. It’s on every day apart from the Mondays.


We have a vacancy – come and be Wild

We’re hiring …

interested in being part of the WildWorks team? We’re looking for a part-time office manager to join our happy crew.  It’s a 4 day a week post, 10am to 2pm, Monday to Thursday … all the details and everything you need to know is right here ;

Job Description-Office Manager Feb 18


WildWorks Equal Opportunities form


Deadline for applications is 12 noon on Monday 26th February. Good luck!

Announcing 100: UnEarth

This July we return to Cornwall, return to The Lost Gardens of Heligan with a large-scale site specific project, 100: UnEarth.

Our 2014 one-day event, 100: The Day Our World Changed, focused on an unknowing generation walking into battle in 1914. This companion piece  100: UnEarth looks at the devastating aftermath of conflict, telling the homecoming stories of those who fight and life through war.


Victoria’s Christmas at Kensington Palace

WildWorkers Lucy Gaskell, lighting designer and Ellie Williams, designer, have been spreading a bit of festive cheer at Kensington Palace this Christmas.
Following the success of their light installation Victoria’s Christmas, (commissioned by Historic Royal Palaces in 2016), the Cornwall based duo were invited back to remount the series of large-scale, illustrated light boxes.
Originally inspired by the Christmas excerpts of Queen Victoria’s diary and drawing on their well-honed skills for creating site-specific work,  Lucy & Ellie developed a concept to create a series of light boxes to fit seamlessly within the ground floor of the palace. Teaming up with Falmouth based design studio Owl ‘n’ Wolf the chosen narratives for each piece have been beautifully illustrated by Joe Holman and turned into complex and multi layered, illuminated vignettes. With the help of their collaborator and head carpenter Ed Martin and carpenter Simon Bagnall, each piece has been set within a highly finished and decorative housing and installed into the Palace.
Lucy and Ellie are no strangers to working at Kensington Palace after their involvement with the creation of Enchanted Palace for WildWorks in 2010. They are always thrilled to return and catch up with the curators, explainers and staff that were a part of Enchanted Palace, and it’s always a huge temptation to fulfill Bill’s comedy vision of dressing one of the very tame (sandwich stealing) palace squirrels with a miniature ruff…
You can experience Victoria’s Christmas during any ticketed visit to Kensington Palace from now until the end of December 2017.

Congratulations to Dave McKean

Our friend film maker, comic artist, illustrator, writer, and composer Dave McKean has been awarded the International Award for Excellence in Comic Art.

Renowned cartoonist, Sergio Aragones, presented  Dave McKean with the award at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Cumbria. Aragones said that Dave McKean “is an inspiration to comic artists across the world.”


A Wolf’s Child Experience

The first thing you’d see if you were to visit the West Cornwall cottage I grew up is a rusted fish on a bamboo pole. It sits just above the garden wall and, depending on how the camellia is doing, catches the last of the daylight before the garden gets a chance.

The fish came home with me on the last night of Wildworks’s first show, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, in 2005. I was ten years old and played an ancestor child who narrated the performance from the top of a chicken coop, overlooking a story village built on a harbourfront. When my plan to adopt the show chickens failed to convince my parents, they let me take home a prop—and the fish has been there ever since.


Artist Lock In with ArtsHouse Jersey & WildWorks

We are once again sending Sue to join the Artist Lock In to Elizabeth Island, Jersey to facilitate this biannual event. Read on for more information from ArtsHouse Jersey…

Artist Lock In


1.10.17 – 10.10.17


The Artist Lock-In is the flag-ship residency project produced by ArtHouse Jersey.

We are seeking adventurous artists of all disciplines to live and play in a historic fortified island for ten days, under the tutelage of esteemed creative facilitator Sue Hill.


A Maids’ Eye View of Wolf’s Child

By Kyra
“Walk on our twos, buckle our shoes…”
Just over a month ago, I arrived at Helston School for my first Wolf’s Child rehearsal.  I wasn’t exactly sure what I was getting in to, but as soon as I stepped into the school hall that morning, I was swept up into a crowd of around 70 women and girls, ranging in age from 6 to 80-odd, and without much hanging about, we were off!


My Wolf’s Child

I am currently volunteering as a Performer and Backstage Chaperone on Wolf’s Child. I have so much to say about my experience here so far that I felt this would be a good way to let you know (hopefully in a coherent fashion) what it’s like behind the scenes of this fabulous show.

I have been lucky enough to have a go at both the performing and backstage aspects of the show. I was originally down as a performer but having recently had knee surgery it was decided that walking and moving as much as I would be in the show was not such a good idea. However, everyone was extremely accommodating of this and I was offered other options and ways to get involved instead of just being told to go home. This created a real sense of belonging within the company and I cannot thank them enough for this. After a while of backstage work (wheeling round speakers, chaperoning the younger kids and adding finishing touches to the sets) circumstances changed and I was given the opportunity to become a performer once again.