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🎭The magic of the Minack Theatre🎭

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We have just spent a few days in Cornwall and the high light for me was a visit to the Minack Theatre near Porthcurno.

The views from the excellent cafe there have to be experienced to be believed!

We arrived early and at first had the whole place to ourselves which was wonderful. There was an exhibition all about its creator Rowena Cave, who with the help of various local builders and gardeners created this amazing theatre which overlooks the sea.

The gardens around and above the theatre are filled with exotic plants. They are truly beautiful and so well looked after.

The views from the seating area are spectacular and we were lucky to be there when the next production was being set up and rehearsals were about to take place. There is a full programme of events throughout the spring, summer and early autumn. We watched the setting up of ‘Pirates of the Carabina!’

We hope to return sometime to see an evening performance but will make sure we take our cushions with us!

Minack, in Cornish, means ‘rocky place’ which it certainly is, but the vision of one lady in the 1930’s has created a very, very special ‘rocky place.’ I loved being there and enjoyed every moment.

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Some lovely plants there nice blog

28 Apr, 2017

 

I do envy you. we drove past it once and I got excited but OH didn't want to stop. I'd read about it in the books by the Toveys abut their cats - I think it was them who started if off. At least we have a coast very like that one here, even if it sadly has no theatre! But I don't think my knees would welcome the challenge of those steps these days!

28 Apr, 2017

 

I would love to go there. Just shows what you can achieve with love, vision and determination. What a woman! :) Bit scary too though.....very steep!

28 Apr, 2017

 

Lovely blog, Chris, and thanks for the memories. I've walked around this wonderful site a couple of times with Steve (from Falmouth). When sitting in the café, I admired the view, and he said "really look!". So I stared hard to take it in, and have been able to recall that fantastic view ever since!

I do admire Rowena Cave's vision, and the people who have staged dramas ever since. It is so steep though, that you wouldn't to watch a play if you have vertigo.

28 Apr, 2017

 

Yes a magical place we saw the Lion in Winter there in the late sixties -something we will never forget we sat there wrapped in a car rug and with a flask of coffee - as dusk fell and the wind waffled around - what a memory thanks for sharing your blog Wildrose

28 Apr, 2017

 

Thank you for sharing. What a wonderful place and those plants a bonus. I bet it's very well draining, lol.

28 Apr, 2017

 

Beautiful, what a setting.

28 Apr, 2017

 

Thank you everyone for your lovely comments and I am pleased that the blog brought back memories for some of you too. It IS very steep and if I do return I think I would prefer to sit nearer the front rather than at the back!

P.S.
Sheila did you know that 'The Chain Locker' in Falmouth is no more! It is being renovated and turned into fine dining or something like that? It was part of the harbour to me and I was sorry to see the alterations taking place.

28 Apr, 2017

 

Beautiful place W'rose, my daughter and I visited there two years ago, with us it was midsummer and the plants were absolutely fabulous, the views are stunning as well, we climbed down and each took a turn on the stage, mind you when you go down you then have to climb back up all those steps, well worth it, we both got some lovely photographs...I bought the book and that lady was amazing, how she created that theatre down that cliffside in her time is a wonder, to my way of thinking its one of our countries treasures.....

28 Apr, 2017

 

Chris - no, I didn't know about The Chain Locker . . . shame that people can't leave old things alone!

29 Apr, 2017

 

Chris, really love this blog, thanks for sharing your time there ... :o)

Sheila, I Googled 'The Chain Locker in Falmouth' and read that it is undergoing a major refurbishment and should re-open in August. Have a read, it's quite interesting!

29 Apr, 2017

 

What a wonderful blog,and photo's Chris,and we have also been there,albeit many years ago,but it still retains the same magic now,as it did then.What a woman she was..and what a legacy she let for everyone..Thank you for sharing ,and bringing back wonderful memories....x

29 Apr, 2017

 

Thank you for sharing. Very much enjoyed by this disabled
gardener whose travelling days are over.

29 Apr, 2017

 

Brings back memories of home.....did you pass through Marazion?......was born there and went to school in Penzance ....remember having a couple of visits to the theatre.

29 Apr, 2017

 

Meadowland, we did go to Marazion and intended to cross over to St Michael's Mount but the wind was SO cold that we decided to leave that for another time. We loved looking round the art gallery in Penzance called Penlee House, it had a nice coffee shop too - warmer in there than the great outdoors!

29 Apr, 2017

 

I am glad that you all enjoyed this.
I agree with Linsclass that it really is one of the nation's treasures. It certainly left its mark on me.

29 Apr, 2017

 

Yes - 'magical' is the word Chris.

Thanks Shirley - I will Google Chain Locker now!

30 Apr, 2017

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