Fascinating characters, at rest in the grounds of the ‘Mining Church’ will be brought to life by a new community company, Perthi Kov (Cornish for ‘remember’) that combines the talents of some of Cornwall’s most exciting theatre makers, writers, musicians and actors.
St Euny, as the Miners’ Church, is the resting place of many who made their living in the mines and associated industries. Among the characters we will restore to life for performance are a mining engineer and agent who travelled to Cuba, and miners who travelled with their families to Australia and Colorado. The audience will also meet the managing partner of the Penhallick fuse works, which served the mining industry, a young bal maiden whose hard life led to tragedy, and a mining engineer whose time in Mexico was celebrated every year in his Gwennap home. Together, their stories reflect the drama, adventure and risk of the mining industry through the nineteenth century, both for the workers and their families.
Sue Hill (of WildWorks and Kneehigh) leads a company including writers Anna Maria Murphy, Mercedes Kemp and Tamsin Spargo, and actors including Rebecca Hulbert, Scary Little Girls’ Shazz Andrew, and members of Story Republic. New music has been commissioned from Claire Ingleheart and Hilary Coleman. The Ingleheart Singers join the Red River Singers in the performances.
Guides will take audience members on 75 minute journey to meet extraordinary characters in the shadow of Carn Brea, and to travel through time and across the globe, as the residents recall their lives. A mix of professional and community performers will bring to life an idea brought back from Georgia, USA by Redruth-based Sally Smith. An exhibition of Perthi Kov’s research, and creative work with community groups, will be in the church to explore, with refreshments, after the show.
When: Thursday 18th May – Sunday 21st May 2017.
Evening performances on: Thursday 18th May, Friday 19th May, Saturday 20th May and Sunday 21 May
Afternoon performances on: Saturday 20th May and Sunday 21st May
Performance times and details can be found on the here.
Where: St Euny Churchyard, Redruth, TR15 3BT
Bookings: Booking is essential. Call Cath Cullen on 01209 204450 or book online / by phone with CRBO.
Cost: Adult £8 and children under 15- £6
What to wear: Wellies or sturdy footwear recommended.
Suitable for children-10 or over.
Parking is severely restricted at the church but street and car-park parking is within walking distance.
Will take place if raining!