The Minack Theatre

After our recent stay at Land’s End youth hostel, we headed to to the Minack Theatre to see one of our favourite stories dramatised: The Mousehole Cat.

The open air theatre on the cliffs is a magical place just off the south west coast path and next to Porthcurno beach, one of Cornwall’s finest. The theatre was carved from the rocks and hillside by Rowena Cade and her gardener in 1932 for a staging of The Tempest. This was so well recieved that they worked to develop it year on year. Rowena was still working on the theatre each winter until she was in her mid 80’s. I am in awe of her physical strength and commitment, it was clearly a labour of love for her.

Despite the rain and mist that had dampened the rest of our weekend, the clouds dispersed, the sun shone and the view was breathtaking. See the before and after pics below.

I’d recommend a visit; there are often child friendly productions, particularly in the school holidays. You do need to book ahead. Take a blanket and a picnic, enjoy the view and the play and hopefully the sunshine!

From the Minack Theatre website:

The Minack is a unique theatre perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic ocean. We put on a full programme of drama, musicals and opera every summer, together with music, comedy and story-telling. We’re open all year round for you to come and explore this amazing place and discover the incredible story of Rowena Cade who created the theatre. We look forward to welcoming you.

 

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I love this picture of Rowena Cade

 

 

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