Wonderful Beast presents Return of The Wildman

Wonderful Beast presents Return of The Wildman


Wonderful Beast presents Return of The Wildman by Thea Smiley

A new play inspired by the legendary Wildman of Orford, reputedly captured at sea and incarcerated in Orford Castle where he was hung upside down in an attempt to make him speak. Not only would he not oblige but to the horror of the townspeople he showed no respect for Christianity when taken to Orford Church. Who was this wildman…devil, merman, sea spirit? After six months he finally escaped and found his way back to the sea and disappeared for ever. Or did he? Our story is an evocative reimagining of this local legend and tells another tale, one in which his presence is very much still alive…

Local writer, Thea Smiley, spins a fascinating tale set in an evocative and historic landscape where the Wildman reappears, enthralling us with his mythical powers.

Performed by actor Martin Bonger, with music by Sylvia Hallett, featuring the Wonderful Beast Singers and directed by Alys Kihl.

For adults and 10+

Wonderful Beast is the Suffolk based theatre company of myths, legends, folk and fairy tales working in the community. They create inclusive theatre with babies, children, amateurs and world class professionals

Date and time

At The Avenue Theatre, Ipswich.
Tickets £10, £8 concession


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