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    Edith Tankus presents

    Wild Country

    Tue 25 – Thu 27 Jan (Tue-Wed at 7.15pm, Thu at 11am)
    Tickets £12/10 (conc.)
    An intimate and absurd, one-person exploration of motherhood, exile and transformation.
    Content Notice
    Running Time 70 minutes
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Relaxed Performance
    Relaxed PerformanceBaby-Friendly relaxed matinee Thu 27, 1pm
    BSL Performance
    BSL Performance January 26 only (interpreted by Janet Guest from THEATRESIGN)
    Content Notice
    Content Notice14+, contains references to sex and strong language
    Health Notice
    Health NoticeThis performance includes the use of strobe, flashing lights, food, and dirt.

    “I prowl the room sniffing the fetid air, they’ve been muck spreading the fields. I run out into the back garden, nose to the ground. In the centre of the newly planted hydrangeas, I get on all fours and dig. I open my mouth and drop my red spandex costume into its forever grave.”


    Wild Country is a fictional autobiography that charts the course of one woman’s midlife when she becomes pregnant and moves to the edge of a marsh in rural Kent, England. This larger than life tale of identity, loss and dislocation spiralling into absurd and hairy extremes is part stand-up, part storytelling, and part myth.

    Leaving behind her edgy urban dwelling in Toronto, a vibrant theatre career, and elderly Jewish parents, Edith finds herself increasingly isolated, raising small children, surrounded by nothing but sheep. Amidst rural politics and the news from back home of her mother’s newly diagnosed Alzheimers, Edith’s unravelling begins.

    Created and performed by Edith Tankus (Kneehigh), Co-written by award-winning Annie Siddons (‘How Not to Live in Suburbia’) & Directed by Laura Keefe (Wise Children).  

    Written & Performed by: Edith Tankus

    Co-written by: Annie Siddons

    Directed by: Laura Keefe

    Set Design by: Oliver Townsend

    Lighting Design: Sherry Coenan

    Sound Design: Ben Grant

    Music by: Asaf Zohar

    Associate Sound Design: Jack Baxter

    Producer: Shamira Turner

    Additional events: 

    Post-show discussion: Wed 26th Jan 2022

    Maternal mental health psychiatrist Annie Broadbent will be joining writer-performer Edith Tankus for a post-show conversation about the themes at the heart of ‘Wild Country’. Our aim is to create a safe space for sharing around topics relating to parenthood and care. These include loss of identity, geographical & cultural isolation, caring for aging parents, and much more. Please join us for an illuminating and open discussion where your questions and perspectives will be very welcome! Performance 7.15pm (70mins), post-show discussion to begin around 8.30pm and is free to attend.

    Baby-Friendly relaxed matinee: 1pm (70mins), Thu 27th Jan 2022

    Camden People’s Theatre will be offering a relaxed and baby-friendly performance of Wild Country, a new solo show performed and written by Edith Tankus on Thursday January 27th at 1pm. This performance will be relaxed, so you are welcome to move, make noise, and come and go during the show. This performance especially welcomes those with babies. The show’s content and language is not designed for a young audience, but the performance style will be softened where relevant to enable those with babies to access and enjoy the live show: making an adult-centered, yet baby-friendly experience!

    Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Show development has been supported by Camden People’s Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, arts depot, and Folkestone Quarterhouse.

    "Hilarious Wild Country is one of my top picks"
    Sonia Jane – Judge for Suitcase Prize-winner, Pulse Festival 2019
    "So many roars of laughter for the brilliant writing and performance of Wild Country"
    Creative Arts East
    "Wild Country is something very special in the making"
    Allegra Galvin – Director of Department of Digital Culture Media and Sport
    "Manages to ride that fine line of heartbreak and humour expertly, didn’t want it to end."
    Kerry Andrews Former Artistic Director Arts Depot
    "Wild Country was both a riot and absurdly touching"
    Katy Lockey – Folkestone’s Women’s Forum

    Tobi King Bakare and this theatre deserve a shout-out for such a young, diverse audience. There is so much talk about audiences being full of over 60s and why, why can’t theatres get the crowds in to reflect society in general? Well, I’m happy to say that on a rainy Thursday evening, the theatre was completely full.

    Caiti Grove on Before I Go in CPT's Spring 2023 season London Theatre Reviews