Acclaimed Godot production – in 3 venues at once
The power of new technology will enable a highly acclaimed performance of Samuel Beckett's most famous play to be seen simultaneously in Cornwall and Devon this week.
The production of Waiting For Godot by Cornwall's Miracle Theatre will be seen live by audiences at Falmouth University, while at the same time being beamed to cinema screens at the Barbican Theatre in Plymouth and the Driftwood Spars pub in St Agnes.
Emma Gibson of Miracle said: "This is intended to be the first phase of a Miracle research and development project, delving deep into the world of all things digital. The outcomes of this season of experiments will inform and feed into future projects and productions.
"The idea is to give people in Plymouth and St Agnes a chance to watch the show on the big screen at the same time as it is being performed at Falmouth University. There is no charge for the screenings – audience members will simply be asked to provide a little feedback about the experience before and after the show."
Similar to the hugely popular National Theatre Live programme, which sees major West End shows screened to provincial cinemas, Miracle hopes the experiment will excite its audiences. The company's production of Waiting For Godot, which played throughout the South West and also went to London and Wales this summer, has received huge critical acclaim.
Theatre critic Frank Ruhrmund wrote: "I first saw Miracle's production of Waiting For Godot many bowler-hatted moons ago in its 'sunny pleasure dome' of a yellow marquee on Newlyn Green. It says much for that production that I have never forgotten it.
"At the time I praised the company for its courage in even attempting to tour with such a problematic piece, for using the potency of silence and pauses with such good effect, for exploring every sigh and snore to the full, and for making the most of its black humour while illuminating the dark side of life and not forgetting its constant reminder that ultimately 'one journeys all alone'.
"The company has come a long way and made more than a few miracles since then, and its courageous flame burns as brightly as ever. It is directed by Bill Scott, who has always had a flair for choosing the right actors. And from the moment the two tramps, Vladimir (Angus Brown) and Estragon (Steve Jacobs), stumble on stage we are trapped by the words and world of Beckett, who 'saw naked pain and suffering everywhere'.
"Such pain is enhanced here with the entry of bully boy Pozzo (Ben Dyson) with his slave, the savagely misnamed Lucky (Ciaran Clarke).
"This production of a tragi-comedy which famously has no beginning, middle or end, is well-nigh faultless and one of Miracle's best."
Waiting For Godot is at The Performance Centre at Penryn, Driftwood Spars in St Agnes, and Barbican Theatre, Plymouth, on Thursday at 7.30pm. Tickets are free but must be booked on 01209-216762.
EVENTS FOR THE WEEK AHEAD
Church hall: Light lunches and teas Monday from 10.30am.
ANTONY NR TORPOINT
Village Hall: New Social Table Tennis Sessions for novices on Friday 7pm-9pm.
Bus Station Stand G Bus 21: North Devon Ramblers - Spreacombe, Nethercott, Boode to Braunton. About six miles. Saturday 10.45am.
Methodist Church: Coffee morning in aid of Stillmoor Patients Fund. Stalls, raffle. Friday 10am onwards.
Town Museum: Open Mon-Fri 10.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 10.30am-2.30pm. Closed Sunday and Bank holidays.
Village Hall: Monday night Bingo in aid of the Bugle Silver Band Supporters Committee eyes down 7.30pm.
Village Hall: Public meeting between local members and Cornwall Strategic Planning Committee re solar site at Bodwen. Meet Thursday 6pm.
Sevenstones: Charity car boot every Saturday from 10am, every Sunday from 1pm. Weather permitting.
Village Hall: Dartington Folk Dance Club meet every Friday 8-10pm.
Methodist Church: Community Lunch. Roast beef. raffle, bring and buy. Wheelchair friendly. All welcome. Tuesday 12-1.15pm.
Village hall: Jenna Witts and Jim Causley, modern acoustic music. Tickets £12.50 on the door. Saturday 7 for 7.30pm.
Poltimore House and Grounds: House and Grounds Open Afternoon. Sunday from 12pm-4pm. Dogs on leads welcome.
Withycombe Methodist Church hall: Exmouth Folk Dance Club with caller Wendy Hoare. Thursday 8pm. All welcome.
Aspects, Rolle Street: Two Minds, colourful exhibition Tuesday-September 24 from 10am-5pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
All Saints Church: St Stythians Male Voice choir Annual Gala Concert with Duchy Tuba Quartet and The Vocalz Chorus. Admission £6 (U16 free). Saturday 7.30pm.
Village Hall: Ballroom/sequence dance Saturday 8pm.
Skills Centre, Well Park: Holsworthy Local History Society. Janet Few will give a talk on Putting our ancestors in their place. Thursday 7.15pm.
Paynter's Lane End Hall: Country Market Tuesday 9.15-11am.
Arts Centre: Aquinas Piano Trio, Friday 8pm.
Methodist Church: Harvest Festival with John Keast Sunday 10.30am, Concert by Imerys Mid Cornwall Male Choir at 7.30pm.
RFC, Exeter Road: Blood donor sessions on Monday from 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm. To book ring 0300 123 23 23.
Harbour House: Exhibition of collaborative abstract paintings by Sara Downham-Lotto and Ian Carr. Tuesday -Sept 22. From 10am-5pm.
LANGORE nr LAUNCESTON
Village Hall: Light Lunch. Homemade soup, dessert, tea/coffee. Only £3. Wednesday 12-2pm.
Eagle House Hotel: Launceston Stamp Club meet 7pm members bring and buy, 8pm speaker Mr M Hopkinson on Thursday.
LEWANNICK NR LAUNCESTON
Coombeshead: Fun Dog Show, judging from 12noon on Sunday. Refreshments, barbecue, weather permitting. In aid of Penhaligon's Friends.
Cricket Club: Car boot Sale. No cars before 9am. £5 per seller.Sunday 10am-1pm.
Methodist Church: Keltique ladies choir with Loveny Male Voice Choir. Saturday 7.30pm.
Refreshment Room, Public Hall: South East Cornwall National Trust Association. New members welcome. Guest speaker Hannah Jones NT Volunteering and Community Involvement Consultant for SW. Monday 7.30pm.
Long Room: Liskeard Country Market. Friday 8.30am-12noon.
The Old Pump House Cafe: Bere Ferrers Art Group late summer exhibition. Open daily from 10am-5pm from Saturday to September 15.
WI Hall: Scottish Country Dancing. £3. All welcome. Friday 7.30-89.30pm.
Esplanade Hotel: Newquay Pentire Probus Club Coffee morning. Wednesday 10am. New members welcome.
Meldon Village Hall: Okehampton Sequence Dance Club. £1.50 per person. Beginners welcome. Wednesday 8pm-10.30pm.
Methodist church: Jumble Sale Saturday 11am.
Tothill Community Centre: Blood donor sessions on Tuesday from 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm. To book ring 0300 123 23 23.
Mutley Baptist Church Hall: Blood donor sessions on Friday from 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm. To book ring 0300 123 23 23.
RBL, Crownhill: The Great Western Jazz Company. £8 visitors. All welcome. Sunday 7.30pm.
St Matthews church, Elburton: Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir concert for the Shekinah Mission. Saturday 7.30pm.
The Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club: Plymouth Jazz Club with The Pennyroyal Jazz Band. £8 for visitors. Sunday 7.30pm.
City Museum & Art Gallery: Duo Volatus. Tickets £8.50 from the Museum Shop. Thursday 1pm.
PORTHCURNO NR PENZANCE
Minack Theatre: The Taming of the Shrew presented by Shakespeare's globe (on tour). Monday-Friday.
POUGHILL nr BUDE
Methodist church: Harvest Praise, Monday 6.30pm followed by buffet supper in Village Hall. £3.50. (Tickets 01288 352496)
Methodist Church: Coffee morning every Tuesday from 10.30am-noon.
Village Hall: Whist drive Tuesday 7.30pm.
Victory Hall: Whist Drive. Friday 7.30pm.
Church: The Friends of Shobrooke church – The Gateway to Shobrooke. Flowers, produce, cake stalls, exhibition, crafts etc. All in aid of repairs to the lych gate. All welcome. Saturday 10.15-5pm and Sunday 12-4.30pm.
Village Hall: Farmers Market. Saturday 9.30-12.30pm.
Church Hall: Whist Drive, Tuesday 7.30pm.
New Craftsman Gallery: Terence Coventry, Jeremy Annear and Judy Buxton, sculpture, painting, ceramics. Until Oct 12.
Roundabout: Charity car boot sale. Weather permitting. Gates open traders 12pm. Saturday 1pm.
Parish Centre, Plymouth Road: Tavistock Branch, Devonshire Association for talk on The Open Air Laboratory with Dr Alison Smith, Plymouth University. Friday 7.30pm.
The Wharf: Teatime talk with Dave Dixon on Secrets of the Rut. Monday 2pm; Music with G2 Definitive Genesis, Saturday 8pm.
Methodist church: Tintagel Orpheus Male Voice Choir meet Thursday 7.30pm.
Cathedral: Nicholas Sutton (Doncaster) free lunchtime organ recital. Friday 1.10pm.
Hall for Cornwall: Truro Country Market. Tuesday 9.15-3pm.
Hall for Cornwall: The Rat Pack of Opera. Wednesday 7.30pm.
Torpoint Community College: Rame Peninsula Male Choir informal practice evening. New members are invited to attend. Wednesday 7.30-9.30pm.
St Marys Church (signposted from village centre): Historic Dartmoor church open every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons in September from 2pm-4pm. Car park, local walk leaflets, refreshments.
Methodist church: Harvest Festival Services, Sunday 6.30pm. Led by Rev David Easton.
Community Centre: Yealmpton Annual Garden Show. Saturday 2-5pm.