Date: Thursday 12th 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...
Tickets £8 / £5
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Burrell Theatre, Truro
This is the Burrell Theatre at Truro, Cornwall
The Burrell was officially opened by Sir Tim Rice in 2002, and went on to be awarded a special commendation by the Cornwall Buildings Group.
The Burrell plays host to theatre and dance companies from Cornwall and all over the country, plus live music, lectures and conferences.
The Burrell also has its own theatre company in residence: Cube Theatre Company produce one show a year at the Burrell which they then tour the country with. This gives pupils from Truro School an opportunity to witness the production process of a professional show.
They also produce and direct three Truro School shows a year. The Burrell Theatre also host Truro Schools A-level and GCSE theatre studies and drama productions.
To say the least, the Burrell Theatre is a very busy and vibrant theatre, and is fast becoming Cornwall’s favourite multi purpose venue.
Concessions : Under-16s, Full-Time Students, those in receipt of Benefits or Aged 60+.
A Family ticket, when available, is for 2 Adults & 2 Under-16's
Burrell Theatre website