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
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
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