“What use is a boy who can't say his own name?”
Sonny is fourteen. He’s struggling with a severe 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 a remarkable teacher, he soon finds the real heroes are closer than you think.
Wonder Boy is a dynamic and heartfelt new play exploring the failings of language, 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 Autumn.
A Bristol Old Vic production
Supported by the Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation
★ ★ ★ ★
Ross Willis is a fresh and fearless voice
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