The Royal Boxes are back!
After the success of the Royal Boxes last year, we’re delighted to once again be able to offer you this unique seating opportunity to experience ‘Bah Humbug! A Christmas Carol’.
You now have the chance to win a box – which seats up to 8 people – to share with your friends and family via Sealed Bids.
Enjoying the show from a Royal Box will be a price-less experience – however in order to start somewhere we invite offers of over £150 (less than the cost of 8 premier seats @ £20 each!).
How do I BID?
Just tell us the amount you are bidding, your preferred performance date & time ** and your contact details – then cross your fingers!
Call: 01209 216 762 between 10am & 5pm
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with ROYAL BOX BID in the subject line.
**Please read this important information before placing your bid**
We will endeavour to allocate your box to your preferred performance time & date, however in the case of multiple bidders all wanting the same performance; the box will go to the highest bidder.
Access: In order to gain a bird’s eye view of the show The Royal boxes will be raised and therefore accessed via a series of steps.
DEADLINE: Friday 3rd November – GOOD LUCK ALL!
Following a sell-out run of ‘Cinderella’ last year, Miracle is back at Falmouth’s Princess Pavilion, with a re-telling of this timeless classic about the cold-hearted miser Scrooge and his joyous redemption.
Jam-packed with unforgettable characters, laughter, music and the latest digital trickery, Miracle will propel you on a spellbinding journey through the events of Scrooge’s life as he is forced to confront his past, present and future!
Become a Bah Humbug Partner & Grab a Royal Box & a Bauble this Christmas!
As one of only 15 Bah Humbug Partners, you will secure your own Royal Box for you and 8 of your team or clients, as well as your own branded bauble on the Bah Humbug Christmas Tree, as well as credit and logo opportunities.
The Falmouth Christmas Tree Festival is hosted at Princess Pavilion again this year, and we’ll be dressing a tree to showcase our partners. You can design and brand your own bauble for the tree and it will be on display from the beginning of December right the way through to the new year, visible at every one of our performances.
In addition to this, you will also receive your logo on our website, a big thank you in our programme and a Royal Box to seat up to 8 people at one of our performances, all for just £250.
You also have the opportunity to donate a prize for our raffle draw which will take place at every performance, giving you another opportunity for us to name-check to our audiences.
We have up to 22 spots available for raffle prizes.
The Royal Boxes were hugely popular last year, giving an extra special experience to seeing the show. They will be offered to partners who sign up on a first-come, first-served basis so make sure you let us know which performance you’d like to attend asap to avoid disappointment!
Dales Dacia are delighted to be supporting Miracle Theatre’s Christmas Show, ‘Bah Humbug! A Christmas Carol’,
“Following on from our successful partnership with the touring theatre company over the summer, which was great fun, we are excited to be teaming up with the cast and crew for this festive favourite.
Miracle Theatre have been great to work with this year and we think the Dacia brand and its sense of humour, fits perfectly with the style of their productions. Dacia is one of the fastest growing brands in the country and the cars have a starting price of just £5995, winning numerous awards for their quality and reliability.” Bobby Vanderplank Marketing Manager Dales Cornwall
Click on the pink to read all about it!
Bicycles that turn human, humans who turn bicycle, an army of the one-legged, an invisible to the naked eye carved chest, a basement Eternity and a murder victim who comes back to life as a copper ….
These are just some of the elements that make up what has been described as the world’s first post-modern novel: The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien.
Written by the Irishman, originally known as Brian O’Nolan, in 1939, it was rejected by his publisher and was finally printed in 1966 to much acclaim.
That O’Brien claimed the manuscript had been blown away, page by page, from the boot of his car tells you all you need to know about the man and his wonderfully skewed mind.
But how to adapt such a fantastical work for the stage? With great aplomb, no little genius and a lot of humour if the quite brilliant production by Miracle Theatre which is touring Cornwall until August 26, is anything to go by.
Writer/director Bill Scott and his gang of merry men and women are no strangers to messing with Cornish minds – witness the 2013 production of Beckett’s Waiting For Godot.
That was a brave one but staging the even more surreal Third Policeman could be viewed as commercial suicide. The fact that it has sold out all over the South West and has received glowing reviews from audiences, is testament to Miracle’s ingenious way with a story, no matter how out-there it is.
I saw it at St Mawes Castle last night – the majority of those around me were chuckling nay guffawing throughout. However, there were a few WTF stony faces, including a chap who kept looking around astonished at his fellow audience members as if he were the only sausage left on the barbecue. That’s theatre at its most delicious.
And talking of bangers, The Third Policeman is set in a sausage-shaped world where our “hero” is obsessed by philosopher de Selby, so much so she (in this case, “he” in the novel) wants to publish the definitive critique of the man. In order to raise the funds to get it published, she murders old man Mathers for his cash box in cahoots with publican Divney.
Thereon in things get strange. Very strange.
You can trace a direct lineage of the comedy of the absurd from The Third Policeman; through The Goons and Spike Milligan’s Q to Reeves and Mortimer, The League of Gentlemen and The Mighty Boosh.
There is a brilliantly obtuse moment in the second half (where things get really mind-melting) when a scene is repeated verbatim two-and-a-half times. It’s then you realise David Lynch must be a Flann fan.
None of this would work without the cast. Hannah Stephens holds the whole thing together in the central role of Nameless. With a nod and a wink, she’s almost one of us, bewildered and beguiled by what is happening around her.
Ben Dyson is in his element. Always one for a peculiar comedy turn, he brings a touch of the Pythons to Sergeant Pluck; as naturally funny an actor as you can find. Ben Kernow is his equal as Policeman MacCruikseen, a wonderfully bizarre creation, helped by the fact that he looks every inch the Irishman (it must have something to do with that Celtic surname).
Catherine Lake lends superb support as sinister Old Mathers and the completely bonkers Martine Finnucane, leader of the one-legged. The parping trombone soundtrack only heightens the madness.
This really is a marvellous production – designed with great imagination by Jude Munden – that has to be seen if only for its glorious lyricism.
To borrow an album title from fellow Irish arch-surrealists and obvious O’Brien fans, Stump, this show is most definitely “a fierce pancake”.
By LeeTrewhela Cornwall Live Wed 09 Aug 2017
Here are Miracle’s summer 2017 tour recommended ticket prices and breakdown
Adult: £14 | *Concession: £12 | Under 16: £8 |Family £40 (x 2 adults & 2 under 16)
Babes in arms Free
*Those entitled to a concession ticket are:
Over 65, Under 26 and Benefit Recipients**
For Registered Disabled – Miracle offers a Free carer’s ticket
** In receipt of Job Seekers Allowance (JSA), Employment & Support Allowance (ESA), Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP) & Carer’s Allowance.
Please note these are recommend prices only, some venues may vary.
Please be aware that there usually is a booking fee charged for advance bookings & that we are only able to accept cash on the gate.
‘The Third Policeman’ by Flann O Brien
Review by Jenni Balow at The Minack Theatre June 26, 2017
Get ready to take a ride on this surrealistic bicycle of a play where nothing is as it seems and a straight pair of handlebars is hard to come by, because it takes us around in circles.
The book by Irish writer and journalist Flann O’Brien is a complex and compelling combination of words and ideas that are fantastical, fearful and farcical and very original, all at the same time.
As Miracle Theatre’s choice of play for a summer tour, it can be watched on many levels, and we all know that director Bill Scott and his team know how to entertain.
Just to look at Benjamin Dyson, who is the pedantic police Sgt Pluck, is amusing, with every gesture carefully played for laughs, and his sidekick PC MacCruiskeen, taken on by the talented, tousle-haired Ben Curnow, are a great duo.
Working from a tardis-like police station, with a funny ‘flushing’ lift, they suffer from telephone-answering avoidance, and are bizarrely bicycle-obsessed, preferring to reserve the cell for a bike, rather than the perpetrator of a brutal murder, who is due to be ‘stretched’ on the gallows.
The action is narrated by a woman with no name, Hannah Stephens, who sets the story in motion by whacking an old man over the head for money . . . but he won’t go away, and soon appears with a tray of tea and asks her:”won’t you be mother?”
There are many questions throughout. The police always ask “is it about a bicycle” of course, and then we have to consider some queries about atomic particle theory too.
It is down to Sgt Pluck to observe sagely that “atoms are like hen’s eggs under a good clucker”.
Catherine Lake appears as the eccentrically clad Martine Finnucane, carrying a bedroll and dressed in oilskins, patchwork and a Fair Isle sweater, and smoking an elaborate ivory pipe. She takes on a number of roles, also pedalling across the stage as a postman, who is 71 per cent bicycle.
The cast of four is completed by assistant director Ciaran Clarke who as well as appearing as Insp O’Corky, has notably put together a strikingly surrealist sound track, with jerky jazz overtones and trombone interludes that underscore the action to perfection.
There is strong back up from technical stage manager Oliver Cumins, designer Jude Munden and the set builders led by Howard Wilkins.
O’Brien’s story was completed in 1939, and rejected initially by publishers on the grounds that it was simply too surreal. It was not until after his death nearly 30 years later that it came to light again and was hailed as a comic masterpiece.
On one level it is whimsical, but the night is “black air” and we find ourselves being taken for a ride in a county that is honeycombed with bad brakes and where the players “keep turning left” into a very dark space.
There is plenty of Miracle magic here, and you will be handed a bag of sweets with your programme, but some may be left asking themselves – is it about a bicycle, or what?
Ever fancied having a go at growing your own veggies? Well, now’s the time ! Get yourself a packet of Miracle Grow seeds complete with hints and tips and see if you’ve got green fingers!
To encourage you to get planting ( and a lovely opportunity for us to get together and have some fun!) Miracle will be hosting its first ever Miracle Grow Harvest Festival in October.
Miracle Growers are invited to come along and enter their prize produce, turnips, radishes and cucumbers into a competition, which will be judged by Miracle cast members. Live outside of Cornwall? not to worry, there will be an online competition as well so we can enjoy the fruits of your labour where ever you live.
All Miracle Grow seed sales and proceeds from the Harvest Festival will be put towards the next Miracle Grow project in early 2018. Miracle Grow is a new strand of Miracle Theatre nurturing the next generation of directors – safeguarding and investing in the future of Miracle and creating opportunities artists and new work for audiences.
Happy Planting & Thank you for your support!
Click HERE GROWERS HINTS & TIPS 2017
WORKSHOP AUDITION DAY 2017
On July 10th Miracle will be holding an actors’ workshop/audition day at the Miracle Space, Krowji Redruth – delivered in partnership with Cultivator and supported by the European Social Fund, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council.
This is not an audition for a specific role or project and participants will not be asked to perform a rehearsed audition piece.
It will be a very relaxed event, with plenty of play, some group work on text, a bit of movement and singing: all designed to provide a taste of our approach to theatre.
Miracle takes a non-traditional approach to casting and this day is a way of meeting actors who have expressed an interest in working with Miracle and finding out about them and their skills and experience, so we are better informed when we do need to find new company members.
Participants in previous sessions have said that they found the day extremely enjoyable and valuable in itself.
Please contact us by emailing email@example.com by 30th June if you are interested in being selected to take part – please include link to your c.v. and photo
Flann O’Brien was born in 1912. His life, like his writing, was as tragic as it was comic: comic in that the handful of books that he produced are ranked by some (including Graham Greene and Dylan Thomas) as some of the most brilliant humour ever written; tragic in that heavy drinking incapacitated him and shortened his life.Click to read more About Flann O Brien
We’re recruiting volunteers for the summer!
Whether as part of our wonderful front of house team, or perhaps you’d prefer to hit the streets with posters and info to help promote a show near you – we’d love to hear from you.
It’s great fun, plus as it’s outside you’ll get a lovely glow inside and out!
Contact us here
Ever wanted to try your hand at acting or maybe you simply fancy having a go at something new?
Now’s the time! We’re running free theatre workshops for adults (19+) in partnership with the Workers Education Association (WEA) in Redruth, St Austell, St Ives and Falmouth.
These fun, informal performance workshop sessions, will include theatre games, improvisation, techniques for creating physical comedy and developing interesting characters.
WHEN & WHERE
Redruth Miracle Space, Krowji – 18 April to 23 May
Tuesdays 6-8pm led by Sally Crooks (ref C3528453)
St Austell Cornwall College Drama Studio – 20 April – 25 May
Thursdays 6-8pm led by Catherine Lake (ref C3528452)
St Ives Infant School – 22 April – 13 May
Saturdays 10am-1pm led by Steve Jacobs (ref C3528454)
Penryn AMATA Falmouth University, Penryn Campus – 8 June to 13 July
Thursdays 6-8pm led by Sally Crooks (ref TBC)
You will be able to share your discoveries with your friends and family in the final week.
Courses are FREE and no experience is necessary, but places are limited so please do make sure you can commit to the full programme of workshops.
To book your place call 01392 457300 with the relevant course reference, or enrol online here
For general enquiries, call 01872 320036
People of Cornwall – Miracle Theatre are starting a new weekly drama and singing workshops next month in Falmouth.
There will be two groups:
Group 1 (aged 6 to 8 years) 5pm to 5:45pm
Group 2 (aged 9 to 14 years) between 6pm to 7:30pm.
The workshops which begin on Wednesday 19 April will include games, improvisation, singing, performance, with a focus on fun and building confidence and may lead to an opportunity to appear in Miracle’s next winter show at Princess Pavilion.
Ages 6 to 8 – £2.50 per session / £15 for 6 weeks
Ages 9 to 14 – £4 per session / £24 for 6 weeks
No experience is needed but advance booking is essential as spaces are limited.
To book and find out more ring Keri on 01326 341 226 or 07894 454 979.