Wonder Boy


03 Oct–05 Oct 2024

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Saturday 5 October at 2.30pm is a Chilled Performance

Integrated Captioning at all performances

Olivier Award-winner Sally Cookson (A Monster Calls) directs the critically acclaimed Bristol Old Vic production of WONDER BOY by Ross Willis, a heart-warming and inspiring story about the power of communication.

“An audaciously inventive, sparky yet sensitive, giddily enjoyable new play that deserves to be packed to the rafters” ★★★★★ Guardian

Sonny is twelve. Living with a stammer, he’s finding his way in a world ruled by vicious vowels, confusing consonants, and let’s not forget the biggest beast of them all–small talk.

Sonny’s only friend is Captain Chatter, a comic book hero of his own creation, but in the real-world language is power and Sonny must find a way to be heard. When cast in the school production of Hamlet by the Headteacher, he finds the real heroes are closer than he thinks.

Packed with playful humour, dazzling visuals and thrilling original music this innovative production includes live creative captioning on stage throughout.

Winner of the 2023 Writers’ Guild Award for Best Play.

School resources available soon.


Important Information

Running Time: 90mins (no interval)

Age Guidance: 12+ (strong language throughout). Contains references to suicide and parental death.

Family Ticket Offer: £80* for 4 tickets (minimum of 1 adult and 1 child). Blue seats only and excludes Friday & Saturday Performances. *A £4 booking fee applies to all purchases

First Call Offer£40* for 2 tickets (1x First Call Member & 1 accompanying adult 18+). Excludes gold seats and Friday & Saturday Performances. *A £4 booking fee applies to all purchases

School Party Rates Available: Please contact Box Office on 01902 42 92 12

Access Performances: 

There will be integrated captioning at every performance

BSL Interpreted Performance – Friday 4 October at 7.30pm

Chilled Performance & Audio Described Performance – Saturday 5 October at 2.30pm

To find out more about Chilled Performances please click here

Access Information: Wheelchair positions can be booked online for our Access Register members or by calling the Box Office on weekdays between 2pm-6pm – 01902 42 92 12



Audience roaring with laughter and love from the first minute


It’s some kind of wonderful

The Guardian

Boundingly imaginative

The Times


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