Unique Wolf’s Child outdoor production at Felbrigg Hall

The maids' chorus during a Wolf's Child performance, including mother and daughter Kate Munro and Ma

The maids' chorus during a Wolf's Child performance, including mother and daughter Kate Munro and Martha Shawyer. Picture: STEVE TANNER - Credit: Archant

A theatrical adventure on the grounds of a stately home starring Norfolk residents premieres tomorrow.

Maids from Wolf's Child in action including 11-year-old April Haywood from Sheringham on a horse. Pi

Maids from Wolf's Child in action including 11-year-old April Haywood from Sheringham on a horse. Picture: STEVE TANNER - Credit: Archant

Wolf's Child, produced by Cornwall-based theatre company WildWorks, is being performed until Saturday May 23 at Felbrigg Hall.

The evening shows, which start at 7.45pm, are part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival and will star more than 100 people, including dozens from north Norfolk and Norwich areas, will feature in the show.

Wolf's Child took three years to put together and includes dance, sound, puppetry and song.

It starts in front of the National Trust-owned hall and where a mother and her maids keep the wild wolves at bay.

But one of the maids ends up going into the woods, around the hall, where she has a child which grows up around the wolves.

The audience will follow the story deeper into the woods.

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Sheringham artist Kate Munro, who plays a maid alongside her 10-year-old daughter Martha Shawyer, described the production as 'absolutely brilliant'.

She said: 'Martha was really keen to take part and I thought it would be a lovely to do something together. It is fascinating seeing how the production comes together.

'It uses the environment as a theatre backdrop. It is genius. It is really exciting and the quality of work WildWorks does and the images they put into the woods is superb.'

Ms Munro said it was wonderful to hear the audience reaction during preview shows.

Another Sheringham resident, Justine Hottinger, was also starring as maid alongside her 11-year-old daughter April Haywood.

Ms Hottinger, who works in public health, said: 'It is an amazing piece of original theatre. It involves the audience. It is an unusual production and a great opportunity that has been brought to Norfolk. To experience such a high-quality art form is something I wanted for my daughter. It is incredible to be part of it.'

WildWorks, set up 10 years ago, puts on outdoor productions that involve the community.

Director Bill Mitchell said: 'It is an adventure. It is a theatrical but emotional journey into the woods. I like working in unconventional places and the people around that place.'

He added Wolf's Child had folk and dream-like elements and he loved Felbrigg as a location.

The show is for people aged 12 and over and tickets cost £20 or £7.50 for under 25s. To book call the box office on 01603 766400 or visit www.nnfestival.org.uk

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