© James Hyland 1998-2018
"When the wolf sings, the forest dances."
~James Hyland, Artistic Director
Brother Wolf was established in 1998 by James Hyland and in the 20 years since has produced award-winning theatre, TV, film, and radio productions. The company's manifesto was to produce cutting edge drama and comedy with the focus on original material and new adaptations of literary classics. Its first production was 'Dead Meat', a grotesque farce written by James Hyland. Opening to rave reviews this was quickly followed by the equally successful 'Play the Game', a dark lampoon, also written by James. Before long the company had moved into television and radio production, culminating in the underground hit 'The London Shadow Show', a sketch-based comedy series inspired by the penny gaffs of Victorian London. The core of the repertoire has always been to produce fresh and challenging productions. Three of its most long-running touring productions are 'A Christmas Carol - As told by Jacob Marley (deceased)', 'Fagin's Last Hour', and 'Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'.
Following the box office success of several nationwide tours, 'A Christmas Carol - As told by Jacob Marley (deceased)' and its creator, James Hyland, were honoured in 2012 with the award for Best Performer in Theatre (Fringe Report Awards 2012) and a nomination for The London Theatre Award (London Awards for Art and Performance 2012). John Park, Director of the Fringe Report Awards, said "The award celebrates the work of James Hyland, actor, and in particular his creation and delivery of 'A Christmas Carol - As told by Jacob Marley (deceased)'. It reflects his fine work as an actor in film, TV, radio and theatre in a remarkable range of productions."
Further honours were bestowed by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace in recognition of Dickensian scholarship. By 2012, The Courier described the work of Brother Wolf as "unforgettable theatre at its best." By 2014, 'A Christmas Carol - As told by Jacob Marley (deceased)' had been officially rated as one of "the top Christmas shows in London, Edinburgh and around the UK" – High 50 Culture. Recent awards include Best Male Act (Solo International Festival 2013) for 'Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'. Brother Wolf continues its legacy of five-star shows with its latest two-handers: 'A Lesson from Auschwitz', a powerful World War II drama written by James Hyland in commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz, and 'Magic Circle', a sinister mystery play written by acclaimed novelist, Kim Newman. Both productions are performed by Michael Shon and James Hyland.