Phoenix Theatre Ensemble presents Wolfpit, by Glyn Maxwell, directed by Robert Hupp.
One summer's day, the peaceful life of a Suffolk village was disturbed forever by a strange visitation. Who were the two children who seemed to have come from nowhere, spoke no English, would eat no food and -- most terrible of all -- were green from head to toe? The 12th century monks who reluctantly chronicled the incident offered no rational explanation. What matters to Maxwell in his passionate and beautiful portrait of this incident, is what do these children mean to each of the villagers -- something to fear, to threaten, to exploit, to lust after, to love? Are they freaks or angels? Wolfpit anatomizes a society faced by dreadful choices, a known world trembling on the verge of the miraculous.
"Classically beautiful... sharply contemporary" - The Guardian
"Maxwell is the best dramatic poet now at work in English" - Daily Telegraph
"Brilliant writing... Glyn Maxwell is a superlative writer" - The Scotsman
"With a host of dexterous and nimbly honed lines and images, this young poet blends the brutally honest introspection of American poets like Frost and Lowell with accessible, lighthearted language reminiscent of mid-twentieth-century British masters like Auden and Betjeman" - New York Times Notable Book Citation
"Glyn Maxwell is a superlative writer...[his] writing gleams with the wit of John Donne and is delivered in the rhythm of Shakespeare..." The Scotsman
"...uses language with an acuity that'll make other dramatists weep!" - London Time Out
Playing in rotating repertory with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged].
TDF Vouchers accepted at the box office beging one hour prior to the performance.