I was lucky enough to spend ten weeks working with the dazzlingly talented Hall for Cornwall Youth Theatre (seniors). The Medieval Miracle & Mystery Plays project was inspired by four medieval Cornish play manuscripts, thought to be over 600 years old and which were historically performed to spread Christian ideas and stories of the Bible. The four plays The Cornish Ordinalia, Gwrians an Bys, Bewnans Ke and Bewnans Meriasek, are all written in medieval Cornish, and are hundreds of years old. They are currently held in libraries in Oxford and Wales, but returned to Cornwall in June for the first time in centuries for a very special temporary exhibition at Kresen Kernow, Cornwall’s archive centre.
I assistant directed two plays alongside Roisin McCay-Hines, the director: The Curing of Constantine and HowSt Kea Got His Lands. Traditionally the plays were staged out in the open, and within the traditional format of the Plen an Gwari (medieval amphitheatres found in Cornwall) where actors perform in the round. The terrible weather forced an indoor performance but it didn’t diminish the experience one jot. It was an absolute triumph! The scripts were written by Youth Theatre’s Artistic Director Simon Harvey. Further plays in the collection were directed by Susan Lay & James D’Arcy (Juniors); Kim Healey & Lewis May (Juniors); Tori Cannell & Hollie Lovelock (Intermediates); Michael Fenner & Shelley Deans (Intermediates); Sam Colborne & Millie Jones (Seniors).
I am delighted to be sharing a stage with the wonderful Charlie Higson at Port Eliot 2019. We will be judging a rather exciting competition for children.
In collaboration with best-selling children’s book author and award-winning Fast Show and Down the Line comedian Charlie Higson, Port Eliot Festival is inviting budding young wordsmiths to write a short story of up to 500 words, themed around this summer’s festival. The competition is open to children up to the age of 14, and the best ten best submissions will win tickets for themselves and their families to the Port Eliot Festival in South East Cornwall at the end of July (25-28th). The best stories will be read out on stage and the winner will receive a trophy, signed books and a free ticket to the festival FOR LIFE!
More details are here. Good luck and see you there!
I am utterly delighted that CAPTURED has been awarded the holy an Gof Cornish book award in the category of children and young adult book of year. And, if that wasn’t enough, it was also awarded the Anne Trevennen Jenkin cup: a trophy awarded to the outstanding book of the year. I was flabbergasted. Such a brilliant evening! Congratulations to Mabecron Books (my brilliant publisher) and to my sidekick and illustrator – the brilliant Oliver Hurst.