Sue, my lovely neighbour, and I have been to a local history society this evening to talk about our project, Until the Day Break, which was performed in St Euny Churchyard in 2017. You can check out the project and the stories on our website.This advice came my way today. Sounds good if I can stick to it.
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Mining Memorial Sunday and A Cosy Afternoon
We didn’t do the Pilgrimage from Wheal Bassett Stamp House to Wheal Euny and down to the Church but waited in the mizzle at St Euny Church for the singers and walkers. The rain was such that the rest of the event, some scheduled for outdoors, was all moved into the Church. Mining Memorial Sunday is to recognise the history and the importance of our town and surrounding areas in the mining of tin and copper and to give thanks. Perthi Kov, our small theatre company who put together ‘Until the Day Break’ (lots of information elsewhere in my blog) were asked if any of our characters would like to reprise their story telling to help bring the history alive. Three of those stories which involved miners taking their skills abroad were retold and were very well received: Mary Angove Gill whose story I researched and wrote, J W Goldsworthy, whose story I researched and a colleague wrote and Catherine Tonkin Burrowes and one of our singers reprised the final song which the congregation joined in with. It was a very moving service followed by Cornish Pasties and a Cream Tea!
We liked the final hymn which we hadn’t heard before, the last verse in Cornish being sung with particular gusto!
After getting thoroughly wet, though not as wet as the walkers, and then chilled in the Church, we have spent the afternoon cosied up in the sitting room, stuck into our books. I am re-reading The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley – just as good this time around.
Exhibition, Bee and Butterfly
The Cornish Studies Library in Redruth now has our Perthi Kov Exhibition of the people we researched for ‘Until the Day Break’, all put together by Lesley Trotter and me and designed by Anna Oliver. It looks good in this venue! If you are local, go in and have a look. If you are from somewhere else in the world, please click on the photo to be able to read about our fascinating characters.
Bees and butterflies are enjoying our Agapanthus flowers as are we.
Light Tree, Cake and Perthi Kov Reunion
I had a brainwave today about where to put our light-balls.
I made a Coffee and Pecan Cake for our Perthi Kov reunion today, the plan being to have tea and cake and to share ideas about the whole experience.
St Euny Church was buzzing again this afternoon as people met friends, old and newly made during the production, and shared reminiscences. Click on any photo for a larger version. One of the gang has made a beautiful Memory book which has inspired others to do the same.
Everlasting Sweet Peas, Bird House and Bee
My walk today took me on a different route where there was a whole hedge of Everlasting Sweet Peas. They look gorgeous but sadly have no perfume.
I loved this little bird house in a garden along the lane.
Bees could be heard all along the way and I caught this one busily collecting nectar.
Today I have had a really lovely job, collating all the wonderful comments sent in about our event, Until the Day Break, set in St Euny Churchyard. The only complaint was that we had sold out and someone couldn’t get tickets! I’ll share some of them with you later. Click on the red link to see some photos of the event.
Last Night and Finale
What a night! One hundred and fifty people have given their all to make this production a roaring success! Everybody has loved it – the wonderful volunteers who have made the whole thing magical and have relished being involved and audiences who have loved the emotional journey they have been taken on while learning about their local history. Here are a few photos of the finale that involved every cast member. Thank you, all of you!
And what made today even more special? Our eldest daughter came to see it, this afternoon and was blown away by it all and told me, with a big hug, how proud she is of me! That was really something as I’m sure you will understand.
Until the Day Break in Performance
We went to one of the matinee performances this afternoon as audience and loved it! I was moved to tears by the beautiful performances more than once. To hear my research come to life in a character telling the story was quite overwhelming. The Cuban Nanny played by Misri Dey could not have been better imagined or played and my story of Mary Angove Gill was beautifully portrayed by Mandy Rolleston who brought Mary to life just as I had imagined. The whole performance was wonderful, truly a celebration of lives lived, and I give you here the whole event in pictures.Click on any photo for detail and the caption.
Penryn, Preparations and First Night
Singing this morning with The Suitcases overlooking The Penryn River was, as always, beautiful.
First night went brilliantly. Here are some photos from the preparation but then it was all on, singing our songs four times as each group of visitors, 30 mins apart, went on this glorious story walk around St Euny Graveyard. Click on any photo for more detail.
Tulips, Sash and Preview Performance
We found some beautiful tulips on the table when we arrived in the kitchen this morning, left by our lovely daughter to wish me the best for this evening’s Preview performance. They are purple and white with green leaves – just perfect! Keen eyed readers may notice that I bought that beautiful Kingfisher tea-set that I was ogling in the antique shop!
In the performances of ‘Until the Day Break’ I am singing ‘March of the Women’ with nine others and it is just brilliant! I have a facsimile Suffragette sash given to me years ago by my Mum but don’t want to risk the silk in the rain so today I went to one of my favourite shops and bought ribbons and this afternoon, I stitched up a sash.
The song was written by Ethel Smyth and was sung in Holloway by the imprisoned suffragettes, conducted by Emmeline Pankhurst through the bars of her prison cell using a toothbrush as her baton. I like to think that my Great Granny, Annie Wiseman, who was also imprisoned in Holloway for her part in the movement, was there at that moment and was singing March of the Women. I am singing it in the show with the passion that she must also have had and I can feel her pride.
The Preview performance went very well. Everybody loved it! The first night is on Thursday.
Posters, Patterns and Bedtime
This afternoon we have put up the exhibition posters in the Church and put the Memory Boxes on the window sills where they look lovely.
LiveWire No 4 is here overnight en route to the Isles of Scilly. She knows where all the toys are kept, first played with the tessellation pieces and then made sure all the soft toys were ready in her bed for later.