“A lost village, star-crossed lovers, mysterious wolves and the extraordinary story of a community trying to save what is most precious to them before it is lost forever.
“Five hundred years ago, founding fathers built a log church in a small village deep in the heart of Transylvania where, 400 years on, the villagers still worship. When Eveline, the lop-faced daughter of a leading family, elopes with Vadim, the crippled son of a Roma dancing clan, the little village is sent into a frenzy. Only the priest, Father Nandru, is aware that just around the corner a far more dangerous threat is lurking, and that this community must put their differences aside if anything is to survive into the future.
“Written especially for Wilton’s Music Hall by award-winning playwright Julian Garner and designed by Hanne Horte around the eccentricities of this unique and beautiful building, Father Nandru & The Wolves is a captivating folk tale, based on a true Romanian story and narrated in verse. Experience dream-like design, larger-than-life puppetry and some impressive feats of engineering....
“This production is based on a true story from Romania, where the Ceaușescu regime laid plans for the destruction of thousands of villages to maximize land for agricultural production....
“With traditional folk and Gypsy music from Transylvania by Csergő Band, conjuring up the spirit of village life.
“This will be the last full production that Wilton’s will present for over a year as building work (and a smaller artistic programme) will be taking place from May, allowing us to fully repair this historic site. We invite you to join us for a great story of love, hope and survival....
“Wilton’s is a beautiful building to explore, take your time to look around and experience some Transylvanian magic before and after the show. Conjuring up the spirit of village life throughout the entire building, Eastern European food and drink will be on sale, courtesy of Zakuski London with post-show live Gypsy bands every Friday and Saturday.” – from the Wilton’s website
Please book your own ticket direct with the theatre. Also, if you’re open to sitting next to another member, feel free to mention your seat number (and whether stalls or balcony) in the comments below, for group members who might want to book a neighbouring seat. (Those who have participated in the group booking are seated in stalls C5-7 and stalls D4-7.)
Please contribute £1 on arrival (to help defray the approx. £100 per annum that Meetup charges to run a group) – thanks in advance.
In the days immediately prior, I’ll circulate details of arrangements to meet before the performance. Also, we will have drinks in the theatre cafe-bar after the play, for anyone who would like to stay on afterward for a conversation about the play.