Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Minack Theatre

Today I visited one of the most unique and interesting theatres in the world!

From above, The Minack Theatre (in Cornish, Minack means, 'rocky place') is reminiscent of  some ancient Greek ruin carved into the cliffs above Porthcurno in Cornwall. Actually, only eighty years or so ago there was nothing there apart from gorse bushes and seabirds!  The theatre was the creation of a determined woman called, Rowena Cade, who from 1931 until she died in 1983 planned, built and financed the project.

The production today was an adaptation of Roald Dahl's ,The Twits. Thankfully, the good old British weather was kind to us and apart from a short shower during the interval it remained fairly dry.  Performances are only very rarely cancelled and it is always worth going fully prepared for the elements!  Black bin bags are a good choice - you can sit on them, stick your legs in them or form them into a makeshift coat. This is not a theatre to attend in your evening dress and heels! As you can see from the photo it is a stunning place to enjoy a piece of theatre, the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and the passing boats is a natural production in it's own right. If you ever get the chance to visit, be sure to take it.



                                  View from cliffs above Porthcurno


     
www.minack.com

9 comments:

  1. I've never been to the Minack, but I would love to go sometime. I live in Devon so it's not too far away!

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    1. I hope you make it one day Kyra if you visit Cornwall.

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    2. I love Cornwall, and try to get down there at least once a year if I can. :D I was in Newquay earlier this year - it's so lovely!

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    3. It is lovely, especially when the sun shines!

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  2. Those photos are ridiculous. All I want to do is hang out in the second one. It looks like a playground for artists and thinkers.

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    1. It's an awesome place where art and the elements collide!

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  3. What a lovely place - I'm going to look out for that theatre when we plan our next trip down that way.

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  4. This is so inspiring.. I can just imagine all of the plays that took place and how beautiful it must have been.

    Andrea

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    1. I saw a Shakespeare play there a few years ago that was incredible but their programme is varied.

      Hope you get a chance to visit Patsy

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