The Wilds

Fri Aug 30, 2019
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
AH Theatre Stage

The Wilds

When Wendell discovers that both his wife and their beloved tree have vanished from the backyard, he must venture into The Wilds and face its mysteries to bring them home.

Charming and profoundly moving, this wordless award-winning show features WONDERHEADS’ signature masks along with captivating puppetry, and moves its audiences to both laughter and tears. Pixar meets Miyazaki meets Henson in this extraordinary adventure.

Wonderheads’ work has been described as living animation; their masks come to life in a way that must be seen to be believed, and their stories reach profound, funny, and heartwarming depths that you wouldn’t think possible of masks and puppets.

WONDERHEADS is a multi-award winning physical theatre company specializing in mask performance and exquisite visual storytelling. Their work is performed in full-face mask, a wordless, whimsical form which audiences have described as watching a living cartoon and the CBC calls “pure magic.”

Made for adults by kids at heart, this show is a little dark and a little light. Recommended for a general audience (ages 8+), one hour in length. No intermission.


“Not too often do shows have audiences laughing one minute and then sniffling with tears flowing down the next. But that is the roller coaster of emotions The Wilds elicits without a single word being spoken.” – Dustin Cook, Edmonton Journal

“There aren’t enough adjectives to describe this astounding production.” —Vue Weekly

“Two relatively young artists present a show combing the quirky qualities found in the works of Wes Anderson and David Lynch along with the psychological depth of Greek and Japanese theatre. Wonderheads produce a mythological Traumwelt in which Wendell goes on a quest to find his lost bride and to re-establish roots in both his life and his retreating memory.” Lara Rae, Winnipeg Free Press

“The puppets are amazingly wrought, and manage to convey emotion, as well as making us feel sadness, joy, and a whole gamut of emotions. Watch particularly for the bear! If you see only one show in this year’s lineup in the Fringe, let this be the one! Wonderheads are now based in Victoria – a welcome addition to the arts scene here.”  Sheila Martindale,


Devised in Ensemble by Kate Braidwood and Andrew Phoenix
With Music by The Singer and the Songwriter
And Illustrations by Christache Ross
Mask Design: Kate Braidwood
Puppet Design: Andrew Phoenix and Kate Braidwood
Sound Design: Kate Braidwood
Set Design: Andrew Phoenix
Lighting Design: Andrew Phoenix


Wendell: Andrew Phoenix
Tilda, Various: Kate Braidwood