Normally at the beginning of the summer holidays I am heading to the Lost Gardens of Heligan for Kneehigh’s Asylum which I mentioned previously here and here. This year is a barren year for the Asylum but although that sounds harsh I think it’s to allow the field to re coop. So, we headed off to see Cornish based Wildworks’ production Wolf’s Child [originally commissioned for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival] that has now returned to the company’s home county. The performance is landscape theatre, which isn’t normally specific to the site but a performance placed within an outdoor space and yet, they have found the most perfect landscape in the Trelowarren Estate. that it almost feels site specific. A lawned amphitheatre, a wild meadow with lines of washing and the woods themselves, which almost become a character in themselves. The audience, get taken through the grounds to watch the performance; sometimes we chance upon a happening in a glade and sometimes we are asked to sit on the makeshift log seats. As the evening draws in and as we get taken further into the woods there are torches and flames to light our way. It is a mythical, magical story, a grown up fairytale which fits Trelowarren like a glove. I am not a theatre critic and will not write about the content but I think its one of the nicest ways to spend a summer’s evening, whether you are on your holiday or not. You will need good stout footwear and some insect repellent and be prepared for all kinds of weather, I mean come on, its the UK and the school holidays, it’s bound to rain!
Unfortunately we were told not to take any photographs so I can’t illustrate the magical quality, but here’s one from the postcard that was handed out, image by Steve Tanner/Wildworks.
At Trelowarren Estate from 11th to 30th July 2017.
Daily (except Mondays) at 7.30pm, 7pm on Sundays.
Matinees on Sat 15th, Sat 22nd and Sat 29th at 2pm.