In September, see all 3 plays of the 14th century Ordinalia Cycle in the St Just Plen an Gwari.
Play 1 in the Ordinalia Cycle, The oldest surviving trilogy of medieval Cornish Plays
Lucifer has fallen and Adam and Eve have been expelled from Paradise. It’s a long road back to redemption and the fulfilment of the prophecy. Three pips from the Guardian of the Gates are all that’s needed. The Legend of the Rood has begun.
The plays were likely written by the clerics of Glasney College, Penryn in medieval Cornish with Latin stage directions sometime in the 14th century, and form the basis of our understanding of the Cornish language. Today the performances will be in English but peppered with Cornish throughout.
Origo Mundi – (The Creation of the World).
· Sat 4th , 7:30pm (gates open 6:30pm)
· Sun 5th 7:30pm, (gates open 6:30pm)
· Mon 13th, 1pm (gates open midday) & 7:30pm, (gates open 6:30pm)
· Tues 14th, 7:30pm (gates open 6:30pm)
The Ordinalia is considered the oldest surviving trilogy of plays in Britain and were originally performed to spread Christian ideas and messages to the people of Cornwall. They are older than Shakespeare’s plays.
Unique to Cornwall and its heritage, the three plays collectively cover the whole scope of the bible stories from the beginning of the world to doomsday – but don’t think serious, instead, think community, huge casts, music, dancing, singing, laughter, rowdy, raucous, devils, light, dark, entertainment… When else, where else, can you stand in a spot and know you are enjoying a shared experience with people 500 years ago?
Not recommended for children under 8 but up to parental discretion.