TOURING PRODUCTION 1997

TIN

 

written by Rory Wilton

directed by Emma Spurgin Hussey

designed by Rory Wilton

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‘Energetically and sincerely played by the three members of the cast, who moved as smartly and smoothly from character to character as they did from costume to costume.’

The Cornishman

            This was Rory Wilton’s first play for the company, and indeed its first non-devised work. Rory’s script was based on stories from Cornwall’s mining history and folklore. The play told the story of a miner, Roger, and a mine manager, Barbara, who become trapped down a mine. The two have radically different views of the industry: Barbara believes that technology is the only way forward, whilst Roger feels that the old ways are the best, and has a strong respect for old tin mining legends. The two refuse at first to co-operate with one another.

            However, the play is set at Christmas, a time of year both rich with tin-mining myths and traditionally associated with forgiveness and redemption. Through the intervention of two mischievous ‘knockers’ (spirits of Cornish mines) and the Ghosts of Tin Mining Past, Present and Future, Barbara and Roger are forced to work together. Barbara learns to respect the land and the past, whilst Roger discovers that there’s no future in living in the past.

            At the time, Rory said this about the play: ‘We wanted to make sure this wasn’t a political play, but it does contain a few hard-hitting comments. The story is set in a fictitious Cornwall of the future. The essence of the show is about people working together and communicating with each other. Issues raised in the play are those about the future of the county, what people do with Cornwall’s resources.’

            ‘The play is a humorous mix of physical theatre, story-telling and mask, based on the tin mining heritage of Kernow. The clever story juxtaposes a struggling present-day tin mining company and its workers with the magical ‘faery’ world of the knockers who haunt the underground chambers. Serious issues, such as the reluctance to change old ways in the face of modern technology, are tackled with sensitivity and respect for a community proud of its heritage. With songs, stories, quick changes and a host of characters, Bedlam manage to explore the myths and struggles of old and new Cornwall in an entertaining way.’

Cornish Guardian

Cast

 

Bobo - Christabel Muir

Barbara - Emma Spurgin Hussey

Roger/Carlos - Rory Wilton

 

Stage Manager - Sam Wilton

Phone: 01872 272695

E-mail: bedlamtc@bedlamtc.co.uk

 

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