This summer the epic Miracle Theatre turn 40! To celebrate this milestone they have created A Perfect World, a new comedy written and directed by Bill Scott which is touring to nearly 40 venues this summer. We went along to the performance at Mount Pleasant Eco Park.
The show begins in 1930’s London where Ruth Hopkins (played by Rose McPhilemy) sets out to investigate the mysterious disappearance of her Grandfather. Ruth and her bunch of eccentric explorers, Grough ‘Bully’ Barker (Benjamin Dyson), Archibald MacMacintosh (Daniel Richards), Rev Hector Fogg (Hannah Stephens), and his fearful nephew Timothy Fogg (Ben Kernow) set off to solve the mystery but are magically whisked away to the land of Halcyon.
Halcyon is a utopian nirvana, with beautiful plants and flowers, peaceful inhabitants and a rejection of modern science and technology. Our intrepid explorers are shown the ways of this serene community by Loamy Furrow, Swooping Raven and Falling Rock (also played by Ben Kernow, Daniel Richards and Benjamin Dyson), but all is not as seems on the surface and Ruth (with typical gung-ho attitude) decides to get to the bottom of this uneasy paradise.
A Perfect World contains all the ingredients you’d expect from a Miracle show “a simple set that can fit into a transit van and withstand 50 get ins and get outs and whatever the British weather can throw at it; a rail of gorgeous hand-made, quick-change costumes; a specially composed, original music score; and a company of resourceful, multi-talented actors.” Direction from Bill Scott and Assistant Director and Choreographer Kyla Goodey is inspired by the “Boys’ Own” papers of the 1920s & 30s, and has some hilarious sequences that will have you laughing in your deck chair. The design by Jude Mundun contrasts brilliant exploring gear of the 30’s with brightly weaved costumes for the inhabitants of Halcyon.
The evening we saw the show was a typical Cornish summer, but even constant drizzle couldn’t dampen the Miracle joy, and we left slightly soggy but with a smile on our face. So choose a venue, pack a picnic, and bring your friends; you’ll have a perfect evening!
To celebrate Miracles 40th year some of the A Perfect World performances are special Birthday Party Nights with post-show music and cake. Catch the Birthday Party Nights at: The Square & Compass, Worth Matravers (Dorset); Penlee Park, Penzance; Sterts Theatre, near Liskeard; and Enys Gardens, Penryn.
Find out where you can see Miracle Theatre this summer here
Ruth Hopkins – Rose McPhilemy
Timothy Fogg/Loamy Furrow – Ben Kernow
The Empress of Halcyon/Dripping Water/ Rev Hector Fogg – Hannah Stephens
Archibold MacMacintosh/Swooping Raven – Daniel Richards
Grough ‘Bully’ Barker/ Falling Rock – Benjamin Dyson
Writer & Director – Bill Scott
Designer – Jude Munden
Original Music – Tom Adams
Choreographer & Assistant Director – Kyla Goodey
Set – Alex Rodgers
Canvas – Dave Buchanan
Costume & Props – Jude Munden & Amy Lawrence
Production Manager – Sally Crooks
Stage Manager – Oliver Cumins
Images: Kristin Prisk
ABOUT MIRACLE THEATRE
Famous for touring a rich and diverse blend of original, inventive theatre since 1979, Miracle Theatre is one of Cornwall’s most renowned theatre companies, with a reputation for delivering a unique, lively and energetic performance style in venues across Cornwall and all over the UK. Performing in a range of indoor and open-air locations and working with promoters to bring ‘big’ shows to smaller venues, visitors can expect high-energy, creative comic style and visual appeal from any one of this much-loved theatre company’s shows.