From our base in Cornwall Wildworks makes theatrical, site-specific experiences and artworks all over the globe. From beaches, clifftops and woodlands to car parks and disused quarries. From derelict department stores to medinas, from refugee camps to castles. We invite the people who inhabit those spaces to join us on physical and emotional journeys telling everyday human stories through sites that are both familiar and re-imagined; where horizons are widened, boundaries are hurdled, conversations are started, people are celebrated, and memories are made.
"Wildworks proves you can be experimental and yet humane and shows that theatre which sails out of buildings and away from texts does not always abandon stories"
"Fact and fiction, myth and memory, rumour and reality, even the living and the dead stalk side by side. I'm prepared to bet that over the last three days, Port Talbot was one of the happiest places on Earth"
Wildworks makes landscape theatre - large scale spectacular performances and artworks that grow out of their locations; quarries, cliffs, harbours, derelict industrial sites, castles, empty department stores... And we work with the people who belong to these places to make the shows. They help us by telling us their stories and memories, and by donating their skills and passions. Narrative is at the centre of our work. We bring the seeds of a story to a site and weave in the strands that tie people and place together.
Our values are :-
We take calculated risks and make difficult, bold decisions.
We create a playground for new ideas, to try new techniques, work with new people and explore impossible conversations. We are prepared for some of these to work and others to fail.
We are shapeshifters. No two projects are the same. We are always evolving and adapting to the world around us. We can change direction quickly and without hesitation if we need to.
People are at the heart of everything we do. We are hosts. We tell everyday human stories. Everyone’s invited.
We are committed to breaking down barriers and working towards equality. We want to be accountable and transparent about who we are, how we work and who we work with.
We listen to those voices not always heard and we use our work to give space for those voices. By embedding community narratives in our projects we engage with the issues that those communities are facing, the events and the changes they are facing and the issues we are all facing as humans on this island, on this planet.
2020 highlighted significant issues and challenges and we are working hard behind the scenes to be better. We are exploring how to better demonstrate more publicly our belief and actions for anti-racism and equal access to the arts for employment, participation and audiences and how we need to adapt as humans in the fight against climate change and the protection of biodiversity.