February saw the fruition of our ‘Hunchback‘ production, which was a new departure for us. With this indoor production we toured Cornwall, Southern Ireland and the Southwest of England. The dramatic injury to one of our performers brought unexpected problems at the beginning of the tour, but we overcame these and learned much from the experience. The highlights of the tour were performances in Southern Ireland and at the Hall for Cornwall where we attracted an audience of about 400.
Our summer show remained the same this year, mainly due to our injury problem. Nevertheless we had a successful summer programme performing in France, Scotland, Northern Ireland and major festivals throughout England and Wales.
It was our first summer without our regular Land’s End contract. Although this meant a loss of earnings, it also allowed us to fulfil other engagements which would otherwise have been impossible.
Bookings elsewhere in Cornwall increased this year, with performances at the Golowan Festival; Trevithick Day, Camborne; Heligan Gardens; Bodmin Theatre Festival; Polpero Festival; and the Du Maurier Festival in Fowey.
We also devised two new, small-scale, street shows which added variety and flexibility to our summer programme.
We have still not found a permanent rehearsal space but Penwith District Council has continued to allow us to use a building in Penzance. Unfortunately this is still temporary and unsuitable for public workshops. Having this rehearsal space has made a big difference to all the company members allowing daily practice and the development of new skills.