Source: West Briton
AS CORNWALL gets its minority status and following sell-out tours in Cornwall over the past six years, Trebiggan Productions (formerly BishBashBosh Productions) present a new play supported by the RSPB, MAGA – The Cornish Language Partnership, and Keltek Brewery.
The King Of The Choughs, by Dougie Blaxland, opens at The Minack, Porthcurno, on Monday until Friday, May 23, followed by Sterts Arts Centre, near Liskeard, on Saturday, May 24.
It is the morning of August 11, 1999 and a young Cornish couple make their way to the top of Condolden Hill which overlooks the magical and legendary landscape of Tintagel. In less than two hours total darkness will sweep from the great Atlantic Ocean across Cornwall's peninsula as the light of the sun is fully eclipsed by the moon for the first time in 70 years.
On reaching the summit of the hill a dreadful realisation dawns on the young lovers: impenetrable mist and cloud block out all hope of their witnessing one of the world's great miracles. As they wait, fearing the cloud will not lift and the mystical beauty of the eclipse will pass unseen, a stranger approaches and tells them of another period in Cornwall's long Celtic history when Cornwall fell dark and the chivalric spirit of King Arthur seemed lost.
The play features new live music from Ben Sutcliffe, of the People's String Foundation, and stars Dan Richards and Charlotte Bister (of Owdyado Theatre), Jason Squibb, Emily Spetch and Trebiggan's artistic director Dean Nolan.
Dean, who also directed The King Of The Choughs, said: "We may be rebranded but I am still keen that Trebiggan Productions will continue to tell brilliant Cornish stories in brilliant Cornish venues and working with this new writer I think we have found a great new piece … but we are only doing eight performances so get your tickets quick as this one could sell out."
Dean was born in Truro and trained as an actor at The Hub Theatre School in St Austell and the National Youth Theatre. He is renowned for his performances in Kneehigh's Steptoe And Son and Miracle's Tin on stage and the film Weekend Retreat.
See www.trebigganproductions.com for more details about this new Cornish production.
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