Last evening I went with some girl friends to this play at the Hall for Cornwall and with this great cast made for a good evening. There is a dvd.
The story of two spinster sisters vying for the attention of a young Polish violinist in 1930s Cornwall, has been lovingly adapted for the stage by Shaun McKenna and what a great job he has made of it.
The two sisters, Janet and Ursula Widdington, live a cloistered existence in a remote fishing village, untouched by the outside world save for radio broadcasts about the impending threat from a “funny little man with a moustache in Germany.”
Janet’s one true love, Peter, was killed in The Great War, and Ursula doesn’t appear to have ever been in a relationship with a man. They live quietly in a stone cottage by the sea where the biggest decision in their lives is whether to stretch to a biscuit with their nightly cocoa.
Their lives are thrown into turmoil when Ursula spots a man washed up on the beach. The pair rescues him and nurses him back to health, both falling in love, in their own way, with inevitable consequences
From a war-torn refugee camp to the deceptively idyllic Danish countryside, two fragile worlds are inextricably linked by conflict and violence. Anton is a doctor whose work bridges the divide between these two dramatically contrasted lands and who must confront an unavoidable moral dilemma. His son Elias, the victim of school bullies, forms a friendship with the troubled Christian, but this soon transforms into a dangerous alliance
This was a great film, rent it and you will agree!.
This fiercely emotional French film from Catherine Corsini, conceived on traditional, almost classical lines: a marital tragedy. It's comparable in some ways to Scott Thomas plays Suzanne, an English-born woman married to prosperous and socially well-connected doctor Samuel in the south of France. Their children having almost grown up, Suzanne has taken it into her head to train as a physiotherapist, a plan to which Samuel has assented with ill grace, and grumbles about paying to convert an outbuilding on their property into her treatment suite. Suzanne's consciousness of how disagreeable Samuel is being about this, and how much he appears to resent the new separateness in her identity, coincides with a spark between her and the rugged Spanish workman they have hired: Ivan. The affair triggers an explosion of hate from the icily obnoxious Samuel, which in turn fosters a defiant passion in Suzanne. Scott Thomas gives an arrestingly transparent performance: at crucial moments dropping her social mask and revealing a girlish expression of shock, as if stunned by the realisation of what Ivan means to her, how much she is throwing away, and how little it matters.
This a good relaxing film, for a night in with chocolates,wine and friends.
This exciting collaboration between Miracle Theatre, English Touring Opera, including Ben Luxon and local community choirs is a heady mix of epic theatre, multimedia magic and top notch singing!
West Cornwall 1890. The shareholders are throwing good money after bad down their once glorious tin mine. Just when they manage to hoodwink an outsider into investing in the faililng enterprise, a troupe of windswept actors arrives in town to perform Beethoven's Fidelio.
As these two very different worlds collide, love stories unfold and melodrama spills over into everyday life as the villagers and actors seize an oportunity to transform thier lives...
Duchy Ballet brings Jules Perrot's spectacular ballet, Giselle, to Hall for Cornwall. First produced in 1841, it remains one of the most popular and romantic ballets ever performed. Young, beautiful Giselle is transported to another world where she dances until dawn in order to save her beloved Albrecht.
Dancers from former colony fly over to the rescue when Duchy Ballet's principals were obliged to withdraw. Natalia and Phillip arrived at the Hall at 4.30pm Wednesday after a flight and car journey from Heathrow lasting over fourteen hours. After a cup of tea, they were on stage to learn their placing in DB/s production and performed their roles of Giselle and Albrecht in the dress rehearsal which began at 7pm. Their professionalism and dedication was hugely appreciated by the youthful cast of the company who rose to the occasion and responded wholeheartedly.
Combining professional artists with young, Cornish talent, the Company returns with another spectacular series of performances. With a full cast of outstanding dancers, a beautiful musical score and dazzling costume design, this is sure to be an evening of romance and splendour.
I went to Truro last night to see this production of Gisele by Cornwall's own ballet company - a great performance. http://www.duchyballet.co.uk