Invitation to the Launch of Plen-an-Gwari: the Playing Places of Cornwall Project From Golden Tree Productions
From Golden Tree Productions:
"Did you know that in Tudor times Cornwall was the epicentre of a vibrant and unique theatre culture? Two well-known examples of Plen an Gwari (medieval Cornish amphitheatres) survive at St Just & Perranporth, and are said to be the oldest working theatres in Britain.
However, evidence suggests that there could once have been as many as 70 of these amphitheatres across Mid & West Cornwall, some say ‘every parish had one’.
Spectacular, three-day, outdoor performances were held, celebrating the lives of Cornish saints and illuminating biblical stories with the whole community joining in.
Thanks to a grant from the HLF, Golden Tree Productions are going to thoroughly research and celebrate these ‘lost’ Plen an Gwari sites and begin to uncover the amazing treasure of Cornwall’s theatrical heritage.
Golden Tree Productions say:
The project will involve:
is our latest theatrical project - a pop-up performance taking on Cornwall’s oldest myth, giving it a contemporary twist, with an injection of immersive and experimental storytelling. Touring twelve venues across Cornwall this summer.
If you live in Mid / West Cornwall and you would like to get involved in this project, we are looking for local volunteer Plen an Gwari Champions who can help us research the lost sites in Cornwall. (Travel expenses & training are available)
For a taster of the project:
Facebook – Golden Tree Productions
Golden Tree Productions say– "We develop and deliver cultural projects that uncover and celebrate Cornwall’s distinctiveness and diversity. Former projects include Kernocopia and Seize the Day."
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