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Bristol Old Vic
Exclusive live recorded performance from the stage of Bristol Old Vic’s March 2022 new production and superbly filmed for online viewing, Wonder Boy was written specially by Bristol based playwright Ross Willis, and is directed by the Olivier-winning director Sally Cookson (Jane Eyre 2016 HKAF). A coming of age story which explores the interior world of a schoolboy struggling with a heavy stammer, the play is a moving account of one young person’s valiant attempts to find a place for himself in an already challenging world, made more so by his speech impediment.
“Ross Willis is a fresh and fearless voice” ★★★★ Evening Standard on Wolfie
A powerful coming-of-age drama exploring the inner world of a boy with a speech impediment.
Exclusive live performance from the stage of Bristol Old Vic’s March 2022 new production, incorporating superb camera work in a production designed for simultaneous online viewing.
Wonder Boy is a powerful drama about a 12-year-old boy with a stammer struggling to find his place in a challenging world. Bristol-based playwright Ross Willis teams up with Olivier Award-winning director Sally Cookson, known for her works A Monster Calls, Peter Pan and Jane Eyre (2016 HKAF) to bring this powerful coming-of-age story to life. “I watched the workshop production and was blown away by the writing,” says Cookson. “I’d never seen a piece of writing that made me feel like this. Ross Willis is a unique writer with a completely individual voice.”
The play is Willis’ second work to be staged. His debut play, Wolfie premiered in 2019 and was favourably reviewed by The Times, The Stage, Time Out and The Evening Standard, among others, leading him to be singled out as “a fresh and fearless voice” in British theatre. Wolfie was also named Best New Play at the Writers’ Guild Awards and the Off-West End Awards 2020, and earned Willis nominations for Best Writer in the 2019 Stage Debut Awards, and Most Promising Playwright in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
Expectations are high for Wonder Boy, and Cookson’s production exceeds them. Don’t miss this stimulating play from one of British theatre’s brightest new talents.
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