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.
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
ARTIST RESIDENCY 2017
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.
“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!
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.
Apologies from team WildWorks for the radio silence this end … we’ve been busy at Trelowarren getting all set up and ship shape for Wolf’s Child. We’ve now well into the run with ticket sales through the roof. If you’re thinking of coming really don’t put off getting your tickets. There are shows each night apart from Mondays plus matinees on Saturdays. Tickets here … here’s a sneaky peek ; (more…)
Seamas 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.
He has just returned from a 9 month tour of Kneehigh Theatre’s 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips and is getting ready to be a Crow Singer in Wolf’s Child.
Mary Woodvine, Actor
Mary has worked extensively in theatre and television since 1989, 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 WildWorks performance was In 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!
She is very excited and honoured to be in this very poignant and special production.
Before his death at Easter this year, Bill Mitchell requested that Kyla Goodey be handed the baton of Show Director for Wolf’s Child. Kyla, who performed in the original production of Wolf’s Child in 2015 is actor, director and writer based in Cornwall.
She has worked extensively in Cornwall with various companies including Miracle, Cube, Pipeline, Trifle Gathering Productions and most recently touring with Kneehigh in 946 Adolphus Tips. She was also performance director on A Great Night Out 2016 and The Yule Tide Arc-Ive 2015 for Wildworks.
WILDWORKS NEEDS YOU
Our internationally acclaimed show Wolf’s Child is coming to Trelowarren Cornwall, near Helston this July.
We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join the company as performers, makers, production and front of house teams.
Some people worked with Bill for less than a day, some have witnessed his work and never got to meet him in person, some of us have worked with him for a few years and oh to be the lucky few who worked with him for decades. The overwhelming response from people (which we have loved and been so grateful to receive) can mostly be surmised to one statement “He changed my life!”. How many people leave this earth with that as their legacy? We have been in the presence of greatness, a giant of a man. Giant stature, yes, but also giant artistic gift, giant heart, giant intelligence, giant generosity of spirit, giant, giant, giant…Giant loss.
We are heartbroken to confirm that Bill Mitchell, Artistic Director of WildWorks, died yesterday with Sue by his side and surrounded by WildWorks friends and family. Despite being very unwell with cancer Bill continued to work with passion and enthusiasm on WildWorks projects up until his last day.
‘An entrancing, dark, mysterious experience, knitting together play and place to create one of the most extraordinary pieces of theatre I’ve ever seen. I’m hugely excited that Wolf’s Child is coming home to Cornwall.’ Gordon Seabright, Director, Eden Project
Tickets are on sale via the Hall for Cornwall box office – get in early.
Tickets for Wolf’s Child are now on sale. The show, which opens on 11th July and runs until 30th is at Trelowarren Estate near Helston.
Get your tickets here.
Tickets for this summer’s hotly anticipated WildWorks production, Wolf’s Child, go on public sale this Monday (20th March).
Wolf’s Child, which will be performed at Trelowarren Estate, sees the return of WildWorks to Cornwall after 10 years.
“Many people remember A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings which we co-created with Kneehigh over 10 years ago. Since then our work has taken us to all sorts of places including Cyprus and Tunis and, closer to home, Kensington Palace and Sunderland but we’ve always wanted to come back to our roots in Cornwall eventually.” Bill Mitchell
Falmouth based design agency Venn Creative are confirmed as the first corporate sponsors for WildWorks’ production Wolf’s Child
Wolf’s Child, which will be at Trelowarren from 11th to 30th July this year, is the first time the internationally renowned theatre company has performed in Cornwall for 10 years. The production, which has a cast of over 100, leads audiences through the grounds of Trelowarren on a story of darkness, love, terror and freedom.
“We are delighted to have Venn confirmed as a sponsor for Wolf’s Child. Their support, and the support of our funders and donor, means we can bring Wolf’s Child home to Cornwall and we are really grateful” – Emma Hogg, General Manager, WildWorks
Venn, who look after WildWorks’ website, are we, design, digital and branding experts with clients across the UK. Their agency create everything brands need including web and print, and work with clients as wide ranging as Coolearth, World’s Apart and Cedar Juice.
“We are thrilled to be able to support our good friends at WildWorks and help bring them back home to Cornwall. We can’t wait to see the show so we all have something else to talk about for the next 10 years.” – Zander Greenfield, Venn Creative
… there’s an idea. A shard of light across a landscape, a conversation overheard on a train, a letter from an old friend or a character clamouring to be set free. Curiosity drives us and the adventure it leads us on is different every time.
Part of the early creative process is working out what the show will look like, how it might feel. We’ve raided the sketchbook of our designer Myriddin Wannell for his early ideas about our summer show Wolf’s Child, and here are some of his early design concepts.
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In 2005 Kneehigh’s Artistic Director, Bill Mitchell, co-produced A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings in Hayle and out of this production WildWorks was born. Since then we have created work in all sorts of places including Kensington Palace and Palestine.
As a registered charity, we are grateful to our public funders Arts Council England and Cornwall Council. Their support is the bedrock of our organisation.
We raise the rest of the money needed to create productions from sponsorship, charitable donations and working on artistic projects for and with other organisations.
This summer we are bringing our internationally acclaimed promenade production Wolf’s Child to the Trelowarren Estate here in Cornwall.
Credits – Photo: Steve Tanner, Fire Sculpture: Sue Hill/Pete Hill
On Monday 5th December, Wild-Workers from near and far came together to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of WildWorks. Gathered at the cliff-top location of Mount Pleasant Ecological Park in Porthtowan, Cornwall, considered friends and family of the company raised a glass to the vibrant and successful past of WildWorks, with a big nod to an exciting future.