“What use is a boy who can't say his own name?”
Sonny is twelve. He’s struggling with a heightened stammer, crippling grief, and is trapped in a crumbling school system.
Who can save him?
A comic book hero of his own creation helps him soar above his grim reality – but words are power and Sonny needs to find his way in a world full of them. When cast in the school production of Hamlet by the Headteacher, he soon finds the real heroes are closer than you think.
Wonder Boy is a dynamic and heartfelt new play exploring the challenges of communication, the joy in friendship and the power of finding your own way of being heard.
Selected for development through Bristol Old Vic’s annual ‘Open Session’ for West Country writers, Bristol-based playwright Ross Willis (Wolfie) teams up with Olivier Award-winning director Sally Cookson (A Monster Calls, Peter Pan) to bring this powerful coming-of-age story to life this Spring.
A Bristol Old Vic production
'Ross Willis is a fresh and fearless voice'
~ Evening Standard on Wolfie
Various dates & times from 5-26 March 2022.
Venue: In Theatre
Tickets from £8 | 25% Friends discount | Groups & Schools offers available
Suitable for ages 12+
Contains themes of self-harm, suicide, parental death, violence. Strong language. Integrated captioning for all performances.
Wonder Boy has Captioned, Socially Distanced, Signed, Relaxed and Audio Described performances.
Bristol Old Vic
King Street BS1 4ED
Sat 5 Mar to Sat 26 March