Miracle delights crowds with 'funny and moving' Waiting for Godot
Cornwall's own Miracle Theatre has never been short of bright ideas. The small theatre company with the big imagination, though, left a few fans scratching their heads over their latest choice, Waiting for Godot.
Was not Samuel Beckett's masterpiece a bit highbrow, some sceptics wondered, for audiences to enjoy at open air venues across the Westcountry?
They've been proved wrong, though, for two months into its summer run, the play has been judged a roaring success, by both critics and audiences alike. One thing which everyone agrees on, is that Miracle's treatment of the play is highly entertaining, even if it is still debatable as to what it is actually about.
"Famously described as 'a play in which nothing happens – twice' the play may have the reputation of being 'highbrow', but mostly among people who have never seen it," says director Bill Scott.
"We have been thrilled by the audience feedback during this tour. Overwhelmingly, people seem to be surprised by how much they have enjoyed it and are thanking us for choosing a play which, if not performed by Miracle, they would not have chosen to go and see.
"Waiting for Godot is funny and moving and we assembled the perfect cast; Steve Jacobs, Angus Brown, Ben Dyson and Ciaran Clarke, all masters of tragicomedy, to give it the comic treatment that has become one of Miracle's hallmarks."
Angus Brown's depiction of Vladimir has been likened by one critic to Eric Morecombe and his pairing with Steve Jacobs's Estragon was described as having the "comical wordplay and the pure slapstick of the Marx Brothers".
Ciaran Clarke, according to several critics, should be given an award for his "pitch perfect" Lucky and Ben Dyson's "anarchic energy" combined with "splendid posturing" as Pozzo had made audiences laugh out loud.
And there is still plenty of time to see Waiting For Godot over the coming weeks. There are evening performances at Trelissick Garden at Feock near Truro, tomorrow and Sunday; Plen-an-Gwary St Just in Penwith on Wednesday, August 28; Restormel Castle, Lostwithiel, on Thursday and Friday, August 29 and 30; Carn Marth Amphitheatre in Lanner, on Saturday, August 31; Carwinion Gardens Mawnan Smith, on Sunday, September 1; and the Guildhall in St Ives at part of the town's September Festival on Sunday, September 15.
Visit miracletheatre.co.uk for full details and to book tickets.