New Norwich Theater show Wild Onion makes second stage debut

Published:
11:49 am April 15, 2022



A city-based theater company is putting on their big comeback show that seems to be the most extravagant yet – where onions take center stage.

Usually associated with making people cry, the purpose of the play is to bring tears of laughter to the eyes of the audience.

The company, called Orange Skies, created in 2016, returns to the theater scene after a brief break with its show Wild Onion.

Rachel Elizabeth Coleman, who is one of the artistic directors, and Daisy Minto teamed up with Adam Fullick to put on the show.


Wild Onion is performed by Rachel Elizabeth Coleman, Daisy Minto and Adam Fullick of Orange Skies Theatre.
– Credit: Rachel Elizabeth Coleman

Rachel said: “We’ve done a few smaller shows, but this is our big comeback performance.

“We are really excited – it’s an incredibly joyful experience that mixes dance, theater and circus art.

“I think after recent events, people want to escape to something that has really funny and rich moments.

“It explores the joy and excitement of friendship and being together after being apart for so long.”


Wild Onion offers approximately 100 different onions per show, leaks, red onions, shallots and spring onions.

Wild Onion offers approximately 100 different onions per show, leaks, red onions, shallots and spring onions.
– Credit: Rachel Elizabeth Coleman

What makes Wild Onion different are the vegetables the show is named after.

Rachel added: “We have over 100 onions at each show, spring onions, leaks, shallots, white and red onions – we use them in fun and unique ways.

“We’re going to smash them, throw them at each other, into the crowd and they make a really good moustache, too.


Wild Onion will be presented at Norwich Theater Stage Two from May 6-7.

Wild Onion will be presented at Norwich Theater Stage Two from May 6-7.
– Credit: Rachel Elizabeth Coleman

“It’s used as a fun manifestation of what people and friendships are all about.

“We’ve never done a show with real food before and it can be quite smelly – but in a good way.”

The show sees three friends, played by Rachel, Daisy and Adam, and how each of them faces the adversities of their lives with the help of each other.


Wild Onion mixes dance, theater and circus art in one performance with, of course, onions.

Wild Onion mixes dance, theater and circus art in one performance with, of course, onions.
– Credit: Rachel Elizabeth Coleman

Rachel added: “It has tough themes like violence against women and grief, but it focuses on how we move on and grow through such things.

“That’s why the show is uplifting – because we look less at the dark times and more at how integral our friendships are.”

The family show debuts May 6-7 at Norwich Theater Stage Two.


Rachel Elizabeth Coleman said:

Rachel Elizabeth Coleman said, “We’re going to smash some onions, throw them at each other, in the crowd and they make a really good mustache too.”
– Credit: Rachel Elizabeth Coleman