Norfolk and Norwich Festival to hold world premiere of outdoor play Wolf’s Child at Felbrigg Hall

NNF15 - Wolf's Child. Photo: Steve Tanner.

NNF15 - Wolf's Child. Photo: Steve Tanner. - Credit: Steve Tanner

A world premiere of a grown-up fairytale will be performed in front of an historic stately hall.

Wolf's Child, created by outdoor theatre makers WildWorks, will be shown on the grounds of Felbrigg Hall in May.

It is being performed as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2015, which has co-produced the piece of performance art.

Wolf's Child will take the audience on a journey into a world of shape-shifting animals and humans in the dark dense woodland surrounding the National Trust property.

The story has been specially created for Felbrigg and is partly inspired by the ancient Greek myth of Callisto, who became a beast and was killed by her own hunter son.

It is also based on the true story of Norfolk-born Shaun Ellis, who spent two years as a fully integrated member of an Idaho wolf pack shunning all human contact.

The play is a grown-up fairytale of love and betrayal opens in daylight against the backdrop of the hall.

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Then, as dusk approaches, the show follows an otherworldly journey through the trees to places of magical transformation.

Wolf's Child features original live music, a cast of 13 professional actors and musicians and up to 50 locally recruited participants.

Bill Mitchell, WildWorks artistic director, said: 'Wolf's Child is a thrilling journey from safety and security into the untamed wild. We trek deep into the woods with a woman running from civilisation, confronting untamed beasts in the wilderness, and finally our own beast within.'

William Galinsky, Norfolk and Norwich Festival artistic director, said: 'They [WildWorks] have created iconic productions across the world and we're proud to be bringing them to Norfolk.'

The show is on from Tuesday May 5 until Saturday May 23 at 7.45pm (excluding Sundays).

Tickets cost £20 but there are also a limited number of £7 tickets for under 25s.

To book tickets call 01603 766400 or visit

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