Date: Monday 9th July 2012
The life of the violinist and composer Joseph Emidy is one of the most extraordinary of modern times.
Born in Guinea, West Africa in 1775, at the height of European colonialism, Emidy was first captured as a slave by the Portuguese, then kidnapped by the British Navy, serving as a fiddler on The Indefatigable during the French wars.
Landing at Falmouth, Cornwall and being presented with a magical tin violin made by an illiterate miner, Emidy became a musical genius of the early nineteenth century.
Boy Josh finds himself embarking on a thrilling journey through worlds familiar and unknown. His epic adventure demands a resistance against the most savage of oppression before he finds freedom and love in music and song. On the way he meets mad sailors, gabbling Cornish fools, crazy fishermen and a woman who softly plays the strings of his heart.
Funny, tragic and compelling, the play offers an extraordinary parable of humanity that raises questions about identity, belonging and place, and also turns upside- down preconceived ideas about West Britain and the continent of Africa.
Rich with dialect, dance and decadence, this play will make you jig your heart out...
The Show starts at 7.30pm, Gates open 6.30pm,
Refreshments are available or bring a picnic
Adults : £10.00
Concessions : £8.00
Under16s : £6.00
Family : £28.00
(2 Adults, 2 Children)
Running Time: 2 hours including 20 minute interval
General information :
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Penlee Park Open-Air Theatre
The Open Air Theatre in Penlee Park had its first season in the early 1950s.
The Theatre seats around 300 people and, being situated in the middle of Penzance, has ample parking close by, lending itself to an ever increasing audience.
It's in a beautifully sheltered setting, opposite the Cafe terrace of Penlee House & Gallery. Great for our usual British Summers !!
Penlee Theatre is developing a wider programme, including theatre and dance workshops. This Summer we would like to welcome you to enjoy a diverse range of music, choirs, theatre, community events and workshops.
Concessions: Over60s, Under16s, Full-Time Students, Benefits
Family : 2 Adults and 2 Under16s.
The gate opens 60 minutes before the scheduled start time.
Seating is provided.
Please bring whatever you need for a comfy and cosy experience: warm clothes, waterproofs, blankets, cushions, rugs, picnics etc.
Refreshments are also available.
Parking The nearest car park is above Penlee Park, entrance from Alverton Terrace.
Refunds are only given if a show is cancelled: performances will go ahead except in the worst of weather.