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'Down the Rabbit Hole' Summer Tour

My nephew James Inkson is performing in a summer tour production entitled 'Down the Rabbit Hole' with Skewbald Theatre a company known for creating 'theatrical experiences in green spaces and unusual places'. 

 As the first performances were to be held here in Cornwall, albeit a 2 hour drive away at Mount Edgecumbe estate on the Rame Peninsula, we decided that we must go to see him in action!

  On arrival we noted that there was a weekend 'Faerie Fest' in progress - it felt a bit like how I imagine Glastonbury music festival to be as there were cars, tents and people everywhere and even some mud (not a lot fortunately) owing to county-wide wind and torrential rain the day before!

What soon became apparent was that the production was being staged as one of the Faerie Fest events - James could have warned us, as we looked a lot out of place!  To be fair (sorry) the fancy dress wings, wands and tiaras in my attic would not have 'cut the mustard' on this occasion as men, women and children were of the strictly woodland faerie variety with the addition of plant matter (ivy, twigs etc) and face painting - it was all very colourful........

'Down the Rabbit Hole' Cast and Company

James Inkson - The White Rabbit
Noel Andrew Harron - The Mad Hatter/Tweedle Dum/Renee
Tom Kirk - The Cheshire Cat/Kid Gloves
Olivia Thompson - The Duchess
Nick Devlin - The Lobster/Jeremy/Playing Card
Katrina Dunwell - Dodo/Dormouse
Jenny Glithero - The Queen of Hearts/King of Hearts/Playing Card
Jonathan Lambert - Tweedle Dee/The Caterpillar

Tory Sanders - Co Director
Hayl Radfor - Co Director
Harriette Wight - Production Manager
Lydia C Crimp - Production Designer

Having never attended a 'strolling theatre' before we really didn't know what to expect 
of this production

But I can honestly say that it was thoroughly enjoyable - children of all ages were soon enthralled

Members of the audience following the cast to the next stage, with the roof top crenellations of Mount Edgecumbe House visible ahead

The grounds of Mount Edgecumbe sweep down to the River Tamar and Plymouth can be seen on the other side

For more information about Mount Edgecumbe House and Country Park, click here

There was singing and dancing and audience participation - sometimes we had to run to keep up!

Although the weather was quite chilly at times and cloudy, there was no rain luckily

A very different, interesting and entertaining way to spend a Sunday afternoon 

The performance took about 2 hours and ended where it began close to the outbuildings of the main house

Cast members were young, versatile, energetic and talented!

Forthcoming Tour dates

Click the links - in bold type -  to find out more.


  1. What a wonderful way to make a living!
    Hooray James!

    1. You are so right Julie! Thanks (on his behalf)! Lesley x

  2. You write so well mum, I enjoyed reading this...Looked like a fun day, wish I could have been there! Pretty miserable and grey up here today, what a dissapointing June! Lots of Love x o x

    1. Thanks sweetheart - you're not missing anything weatherwise as it's the same here and yes, June is disappointing this year!!! Love you. x

    2. PS You would have loved 'Down the Rabbit Hole' x

  3. This all looks heart-skippingly delightful Lesley.

  4. What a great idea! I went to Mount Edgecombe once, but never saw the White Rabbit!!!

    I bet the children were enthralled!

    1. They were Gilly! Will pop round for a visit soon. x

  5. as a child, i can imagine this being so much better than inactively sitting and watching a play~!!~what a great way to introduce young minds to 'out-of-the-box' theatre~!

    it sounds like you enjoyed it as well and it must have been great fun.


    1. Hi Libby, yes I agree and you're right - it was great fun. Thanks for the email. x

  6. Oh Lesley, this looks wonderful! I would have loved to see this! Love, Andrea

  7. I knew that you would have Andrea - it was a little bit 'different'. x

  8. Brilliant blog Lesley, I didn't realise this was up until a friend said they came across it! Thank you for your kind words, and thanks again for coming. Also, thanks Julie!

    Birnham beeches went really well also, we had 4 performance over two days, and had good sized audiences. Also, not sure if I told you or not Lesley, but Miracle Theatre got back to me a day after I left Cornwall and are going to give me an audition for your next show. That won't be for a month or two though. But I think they're based in Truro, so I may well be back again before too long!

    Cheers again,
    James xx

    1. Delighted about the audition James! Will be in touch. Lesley x


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