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Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 November 2019

The Cut, 8 New Cut, Halesworth IP19 8BY


Celebrating the herring

as a vibrant part of Suffolk's heritage

RETURN OF THE WILDMAN (two performances)

Saturday 28 October

3.00 - 4.00pm


Sunday 29 October

3.00 - 4.00pm


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.


Tickets £5

Box Office 0300 3033 211

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Return of the Wildman