Orford, the Suffolk coast, 1167. A fisherman hauls up a mysterious catch: a scaly, glistening creature from the depths of the sea. Man or monster? Is the wild man barbaric or simply free from the constraints of society? A tale from English folklore of freedom, kindness, and the strange wild song of the sea.
The Wild Man of Orford features an exciting combination of handmade puppets, live theatre and music and projected animation. Written and directed by Eleanor Conlon, with puppets and animations designed and created by Katie Sommers, the production is recommended for ages 7+.
Following a sold out run at Brighton Fringe, The Wild Man of Orford was part of The Sea of Stories Season at Sweet Venues for Edinburgh Fringe 2015 and has been shortlisted for the 2015 Fringe Sustainable Practice Award by the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts and Creative Carbon Scotland.) It has also been seen at the 2015 Lindfield Arts Festival and in St Bartholomew's Church, Orford, where the story began.
The performances in Orford were generously funded by the Thomas Marshall Education Fund, which aims to advance the education, training and life skills of the young people of Mozambique to enable them to make a sustainable living and provide active support within their communities. All proceeds go towards the charity. Find out more and support the charity here.
Jessica played the leading role of Jenny in a multi award winning feature film adaptation of Philip Pullman’s novel The Butterfly Tattoo, shortly after graduating from a drama degree at the University of Winchester. Other feature film work includes comedy drama Being Sold (winner Best Film at LIFF) and The Four Warriors (Lionsgate 2015).
She has also acted in several radio plays for BBC Radio 4, and TV drama The Power of Poetry, again for the BBC. Jessica recently completed a theatre tour of No Man’s Land for History in Action Theatre Company. She previously worked with Eleanor Conlon in Trees Grow High at The Space.
Kaisa started playing the baroque harp while studying early music at The University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki.
After finishing her degree in 2010, she moved to London to study early harps with Prof. Andrew Lawrence-King at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The Finnish Cultural Foundation and the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation have generously supported her studies.
Kaisa regularly works with groups such as Poeticall Musicke, the Amadè Players and Bagatino, performing on both the harp and recorders.
Recent highlights of her career have included performances at the Renaissance Festival in Yehiam (Israel) and the Echi Lontani Festival in Cagliari (Sardinia).