In the summer the outdoors comes alive in Cornwall. Not just with wildlife, tourists and seasonal surfers, but also theatre, out in the elements no matter the weather. The Miracle Theatre are just one of a handful of these companies roving the Cornish countryside – but they’re our favourite.
We’ve been to see them for the past six years, at a variety of locations, from gardens of stately homes through to a tyre amphitheater and the ancient prayer pit of Perran Round, just up the road from us. And we’ve seen their own very personal take on lots of classics, including Frankenstein, Tartuffe, Sherlock Holmes, Waiting for Godot and The Importance of Being Earnest.
A thoroughly middle class affair, it’s all deckchairs, blankets and booze infused picnics, in some of the most beautiful locations in the south west. And of course there’s lots of laughs, helped on by the usual appearance of Ben Dyson in a dress.
This year they’re celebrating their 35th year and as the party piece are taking on Shakespeare’s classic, The Tempest. And as their flyer says,
“With the original text respectfully shaken and stirred…”
We’re looking forward to it – just need to read the original first.
They’ll be playing in great outdoor locations all over the south west, from St. Just all the way to Wiltshire. Go see them, it’ll make you’re day.
For more info: http://www.miracletheatre.co.uk/shows/the-tempest/