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.
When Emma Rice was appointed the new artistic director of the Globe a year ago I applauded their vision, trust and bravery. I thought it a perfect combination. What an adventure for both parties, Emma and the Globe. So many beautiful, funny and unique productions that would blossom over the years, blurring the divide between audience and players, capturing the true spirit of the Elizabethan playhouse.
I have to declare an interest here as I worked with Emma on many productions at Kneehigh including Tristan and Yseult; that will be seen next year in what is now Emma’s last year at the Globe. Emma is thrilling to work with – a brilliant contemporary theatre maker full of ideas, energy and honesty. In her interview she would have been completely open about who she is and how she works. The board appointed her knowing everything. So why has the Globe board withdrawn their support of their chosen artistic director in such an embarrassingly short time and after such a scorchingly successful opening season?
Bill Mitchell, WildWorks
We are sat on the cliff top at Lady’s Parlour, Hastings.
Here is just one of the 24 stories that our archaeologists have uncovered in their quest to discover the current wealth of Hastings.
Open today until 7pm and again tomorrow from 1-7pm.
In July our technical manager, Paul Jarvis, and his partner Cordelia are volunteering with Utopia 56, a charity set up to help at the refugee camp in Dunkirk. Before they go they are fundraising for essential funds to help during their time there.
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Mia has joined the team for 6 months as part of an internship through Hall for Cornwall where she works with 3 arts organisations. Apart from us, Mia is also working with O-Region and C-Scape Dance, so it’s safe to say she’s kept busy juggling workloads coming from three directions. However we asked the other companies whether it would be ok for her to join us for a week in Sunderland and luckily for us, they agreed. Now she’s had chance to recover from her first WildWorks project we thought we’d ask her how she found it.
Len Gibson is from Wearside and we’ve been learning about his life in the North East and the impact that playing music has had on it. His story features in our new show ‘A Great Night Out’
Len was a Prisoner of War on the Burma Railway and says that playing music was the key to his survival.
Mercedes Kemp, Associate Director of Community and Research for WildWorks, has used the interview she held with Len to create dialogue for the show. This section of the evening will also feature a specially commissioned song written and performed by Ross Millard of the Futureheads, also from Sunderland.
Have we mentioned we are producing a night to remember in Sunderland? In fact, a Great Night Out!
A Great Night Out will be held at The Point in Holmeside, Sunderland, on Sunday, May 1. The venue will be transformed into a ‘glittering dream space’ in which people will be entertained by local performers while celebrating Sunderland and South Tyneside’s proud heritage through tales and stories.
We have a unique opportunity for people with an interest in food and catering to help us to create the canapes for ‘A Great Night Out’.
It’s been a good week at WildWorks! Our application to Arts Council England for Small Scale Capital has been successful.
Quite often capital funding means buildings. We create theatre in real landscapes, for and with the people of those landscapes, and not in theatres. This means we cannot rely on the basic structures that usual venues provide.
In the woods, a castle, or a harbour, there are no lighting structures or sound installations, there is no community rehearsal space. For each project we create a theatre from scratch including backstage spaces, dressing rooms, communication systems, an office, the list goes on. Previously the majority of this is hired in equipment and necessity demands that the cost of this be included in the production budget for each project. This funding means we can create and own a sustainable and environmentally light-touch portable ‘theatre’ facility.
Following the departure of our dear time travelling friends, we havediscovered a journal left behind in the rainforest and thought to be that of Dr Frankland. Some may argue that this journal provides evidence that Dr Frankland was in fact the super professor all along.
Of course the more politically sensitive or erotically charged entries are not for full public consumption and may never see the light of day but we have released some of the entries in the hope that these provide a sense of the records she was keeping of her momentous trip back in time and the sense of Christmas spirit discovered by all our intrepid friends and adventurers from the future.
Please visit http://yuletidearkive.tumblr.com to see the pages.
On Friday 2nd October, at the Newlyn Art Gallery, two of Wildworks’ Associate Artists organised a benefit evening dedicated to the children living in the Medina of Tunis who dream about making films and creating a better world. The aim of the evening was to raise funds for the children’s film club in Tunis, but most importantly it was about raising awareness of the situation in Tunisia and sharing the work of the incredible artists who live there.
Agnieszka Blonska and Mercedes Kemp describe the motivation behind organising this event:
“Since the Arab Spring in 2011, Tunisia has struggled with serious political and economical issues. Although it has remained democratic, the economy is strained, the security situation remains precarious and the country continuously tries to find a balance between protecting democratic freedoms and battling the forces which want to destroy these freedoms. Recent terrorist attacks at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis and in Sousse only deepened the economical struggle directly affecting the tourist industry.
Sunday 3rd August 2014 was a unique day for WildWorks and collaborators The Lost Gardens of Heligan; 100: The Day Our World Changed was a dawn till dusk continuous theatrical event, which entranced 6000 audience members with the beautiful “living stage” that was Heligan gardens and the heart-wrenching performances from cast and musicians alike. Over 300 volunteers, from the very young to the young-at-heart, helped us to re-create 1914, by contributing to everything from bunting-making to gardening, via singing and motorbike riding. Filmed throughout, we are now proud to have a distilled version of the day available to you on DVD through the Heligan shop (link below).
From the calling of names at the three war memorials in the stillness of the sunrise, to the arrival of a lugger and the festivities and anticipations at Mevagissey harbour, travel with us through the village alongside our boys and on to Heligan gardens. Watch the boys advance, cutting through the crowd and heading to the shadows in the valley below as a symphony of spoken memory, sound, performance and pyrotechnics create an all-encompassing experience, both panoramic and intimate. At the end of the day we stood entranced for over an hour, watching the lost men depart on their final journey, listening to their names being called in a silence only occasionally broken by families applauding the name of a great grandfather or uncle as a sign of affection and respect. Stand with us and experience this unforgettable day.
Buy 100: The Day Our World Changed here
DVD includes: footage from the day, the sound track and a slideshow of 150 images.
Earlier this month, one of our Associate Directors, Sue Hill, took part in a “lock-in” at Elizabeth Castle on the island of Jersey. In partnership with Jersey Arts Trust and Jersey Heritage, Sue led a group of artists, who had travelled to Jersey from their own island nations, in an exploration of their disciplines and a study of the spirit of collaboration. You can now view a fascinating film, by clicking the link below, which will tell you more about the 10 days that Sue spent on the island, and what the artists made during their stay.
Inter-Island Artist Lock-In
We our very proud that our Associate Designer, Myriddin Wannell, has been selected to exhibit his work from our show The Passion that happened in 2011 with National Theatre Wales (See our projects page for more details) at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Make/Believe: UK Design for Performance 2011-2015 celebrates the diversity of performance design across different art forms.
The exhibition includes the some of the costume and props worn by Michael Sheen and Mydd’s original design sketches.
This summer we are excited to be working in partnership the Jersey Arts Trust and Jersey Heritage as part of the ‘Inter-Island Artist Lock-in’. At the end of this month one our Associate Directors, Sue Hill, is heading to Elizabeth Castle with artists from 24 island nations who will be ‘locked in’ the castle on a rocky outcrop off Jersey’s south coast in a celebration of global culture and collaboration, to coincide with one of the world’s lesser-known international sporting events.
In 2013 we set up camp in the beautiful surroundings of Tehidy Woods, Cornwall and spent a wonderful two weeks working in collaboration with the The National Youth Theatre REP Company. We returned once again to the woods in 2014 for another week of wild workshops continuing our development of ideas for Wolf’s Child and furthering our collaboration with the National Youth Theatre. It was during these weeks that we were lucky to meet four of the performing company currently appearing in Wolf’s Child at Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Ellie James is playing Thorn, Sophie Ellerby plays Kas Crow, Lousia Beadel is Larch and Tomas Thompson is in the wolf chorus.
We thought we’d ask Ellie and Sophie how they were finding their time with us…