After their sell out show ‘The Anima Project’, Swindon’s Wrong Shoes Theatre Company are set to return to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with ‘An Account of a Savage’ – A dark yet hopeful exploration of love and morality in a world afraid of those who are different.
The company, who also manage the Shoebox Theatre in Swindon, have devised the show using using written accounts of feral children discovered since the 1800s and beyond.
“Our research has uncovered both fascinating and harrowing stories about the treatment of wild children throughout history, it has made us question what it means to be human and how society views those who live outside of what we perceive as normal society” said Luke Marquez, Artistic Director for Wrong Shoes.
“The story is told through the eyes of Joan, who as a child, was left alone in the forest and raised by wolves before being found and handed over to Dr. Jacob Meyer for rehabilitation. Louise Catherwood, who plays Joan, has perhaps had the most challenging role to develop. We have had to work very intensely on both the physicality and vocalisation of Joan, but Louise has been great and taken on the role with gusto.”
Wrong Shoes Theatre Company is known for not shying away from sensitive subjects and for telling stories in unusual and inventive ways. Past projects include a retelling of Doctor Faustus and ‘The Gathering’, an immersive promenade performance, where the audience decided the fate of the characters.
“We like to experiment and take risks in our work, sometimes this pays off but sometimes we have had to scrap whole scenes that haven’t quite worked for the stories we want to tell. It means that our work is always evolving and actors are challenged right up until opening night.
An Account of a Savage also features an original music score written by Swindon musician Gary Bamford, which is a first for wrong Shoes and really exciting for the company. Gary has written the music working in collaboration with the Actors throughout the devising process and we hope this will add another layer to our storytelling and help the audience to immerse themselves deeper into Joan’s world.”
Before heading off to Edinburgh, ‘An Account of a Savage’ is previewing in Swindon on the 20 – 23 of July at the Shoebox Theatre. Tickets are £10 and can be purchased via www.shoeboxtheatre.org.uk.
The show features a young girl, abandoned and left to survive in the wild, appearing 12 years later in a nearby town. This mysterious feral child becomes the subject of great interest to the medical world who seek to civilise and return her to humanity, by any means necessary.
With the world watching, the doctors begin their treatments and experimentation, but as the pressure to please the public builds, a true savagery is revealed. Featuring physical theatre, music and horror – An Account of a Savage explores the boundaries of love and morality, through dark but hopeful storytelling.
Wrong Shoes is the resident theatre company of the Shoebox Theatre based in Swindon. They aim to create challenging new work with both professional and community actors.
In 2015 Wrong Shoes Theatre Company registered as a charity, their aim being to provide opportunities for people in Swindon and the surrounding areas to engage in original, contemporary theatre, both as performance makers and as audiences.
An Account of a Savage has been cast using community actors, who have also helped to devise the piece. All of the actors have worked with the company for the past two years, developing performance skills and creating new work.
Shoebox Theatre, Swindon, SN1 1QN
20 – 22 July, 8pm
23 July, 3pm & 8pm
Box office: www.shoeboxtheatre.org.uk
Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016
3 – 13 August, 4.45pm
Box office: www.edfringe.com