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The Wicker Husband

2018 Festival

Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Male): 5
Number of Principals (Female): 4
Orchestra Breakdown:

Guitar/Mandolin, Percussionist/Bass/Hammer Dulcimer, Percussionist, Violin, Piano

Casting Needs:

Three actor puppeters


Woven from an exciting blend of folk music, storytelling and puppetry, The Wicker Husband is a magical story of love, redemption and revenge. It tells the timeless tale of the outsider, of the battle for self-acceptance in a society that constantly reminds us what it means to be “Ugly.”

Development History

Since its first exploratory workshop in 2015 at the Unicorn Theatre in London, The Wicker Husband has benefitted from development with leading UK drama schools including; Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Welsh College and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. In 2016 it was the recipient of the MTI Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award which included two “Progress Labs”, culminating in a full reading at The Other Palace in London’s West End. The show has also received the Dunedin Operatic Executive Trust Award and the Little Angel Puppet Theatre Incubate Award.