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Acclaimed Godot production – in 3 venues at once

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 09, 2013

By SIMON PARKER

Angus Brown and Steve Jacobs in Miracle Theatre's production of Waiting For Godot

Angus Brown and Steve Jacobs in Miracle Theatre's production of Waiting For Godot

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The power of new technology will enable a highly acclaimed performance of Samuel Beckett's most famous play to be seen simultaneously in Cornwall and Devon this week.

The production of Waiting For Godot by Cornwall's Miracle Theatre will be seen live by audiences at Falmouth University, while at the same time being beamed to cinema screens at the Barbican Theatre in Plymouth and the Driftwood Spars pub in St Agnes.

Emma Gibson of Miracle said: "This is intended to be the first phase of a Miracle research and development project, delving deep into the world of all things digital. The outcomes of this season of experiments will inform and feed into future projects and productions.

"The idea is to give people in Plymouth and St Agnes a chance to watch the show on the big screen at the same time as it is being performed at Falmouth University. There is no charge for the screenings – audience members will simply be asked to provide a little feedback about the experience before and after the show."

Similar to the hugely popular National Theatre Live programme, which sees major West End shows screened to provincial cinemas, Miracle hopes the experiment will excite its audiences. The company's production of Waiting For Godot, which played throughout the South West and also went to London and Wales this summer, has received huge critical acclaim.

Theatre critic Frank Ruhrmund wrote: "I first saw Miracle's production of Waiting For Godot many bowler-hatted moons ago in its 'sunny pleasure dome' of a yellow marquee on Newlyn Green. It says much for that production that I have never forgotten it.

"At the time I praised the company for its courage in even attempting to tour with such a problematic piece, for using the potency of silence and pauses with such good effect, for exploring every sigh and snore to the full, and for making the most of its black humour while illuminating the dark side of life and not forgetting its constant reminder that ultimately 'one journeys all alone'.

"The company has come a long way and made more than a few miracles since then, and its courageous flame burns as brightly as ever. It is directed by Bill Scott, who has always had a flair for choosing the right actors. And from the moment the two tramps, Vladimir (Angus Brown) and Estragon (Steve Jacobs), stumble on stage we are trapped by the words and world of Beckett, who 'saw naked pain and suffering everywhere'.

"Such pain is enhanced here with the entry of bully boy Pozzo (Ben Dyson) with his slave, the savagely misnamed Lucky (Ciaran Clarke).

"This production of a tragi-comedy which famously has no beginning, middle or end, is well-nigh faultless and one of Miracle's best."

Waiting For Godot is at The Performance Centre at Penryn, Driftwood Spars in St Agnes, and Barbican Theatre, Plymouth, on Thursday at 7.30pm. Tickets are free but must be booked on 01209-216762.

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK AHEAD

ALTARNON

Church hall: Light lunches and teas Monday from 10.30am.

ANTONY NR TORPOINT

Village Hall: New Social Table Tennis Sessions for novices on Friday 7pm-9pm.

BARNSTAPLE

Bus Station Stand G Bus 21: North Devon Ramblers - Spreacombe, Nethercott, Boode to Braunton. About six miles. Saturday 10.45am.

BODMIN

Methodist Church: Coffee morning in aid of Stillmoor Patients Fund. Stalls, raffle. Friday 10am onwards.

Town Museum: Open Mon-Fri 10.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 10.30am-2.30pm. Closed Sunday and Bank holidays.

BUGLE

Village Hall: Monday night Bingo in aid of the Bugle Silver Band Supporters Committee eyes down 7.30pm.

Village Hall: Public meeting between local members and Cornwall Strategic Planning Committee re solar site at Bodwen. Meet Thursday 6pm.

CALLINGTON

Sevenstones: Charity car boot every Saturday from 10am, every Sunday from 1pm. Weather permitting.

DARTINGTON

Village Hall: Dartington Folk Dance Club meet every Friday 8-10pm.

DELABOLE

Methodist Church: Community Lunch. Roast beef. raffle, bring and buy. Wheelchair friendly. All welcome. Tuesday 12-1.15pm.

DEVORAN

Village hall: Jenna Witts and Jim Causley, modern acoustic music. Tickets £12.50 on the door. Saturday 7 for 7.30pm.

EXETER

Poltimore House and Grounds: House and Grounds Open Afternoon. Sunday from 12pm-4pm. Dogs on leads welcome.

EXMOUTH

Withycombe Methodist Church hall: Exmouth Folk Dance Club with caller Wendy Hoare. Thursday 8pm. All welcome.

Aspects, Rolle Street: Two Minds, colourful exhibition Tuesday-September 24 from 10am-5pm. Closed Sun/Mon.

FALMOUTH

All Saints Church: St Stythians Male Voice choir Annual Gala Concert with Duchy Tuba Quartet and The Vocalz Chorus. Admission £6 (U16 free). Saturday 7.30pm.

GWEEK

Village Hall: Ballroom/sequence dance Saturday 8pm.

HOLSWORTHY

Skills Centre, Well Park: Holsworthy Local History Society. Janet Few will give a talk on Putting our ancestors in their place. Thursday 7.15pm.

ILLOGAN

Paynter's Lane End Hall: Country Market Tuesday 9.15-11am.

ILMINSTER

Arts Centre: Aquinas Piano Trio, Friday 8pm.

INDIAN QUEENS

Methodist Church: Harvest Festival with John Keast Sunday 10.30am, Concert by Imerys Mid Cornwall Male Choir at 7.30pm.

IVYBRIDGE

RFC, Exeter Road: Blood donor sessions on Monday from 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm. To book ring 0300 123 23 23.

KINGSBRIDGE

Harbour House: Exhibition of collaborative abstract paintings by Sara Downham-Lotto and Ian Carr. Tuesday -Sept 22. From 10am-5pm.

LANGORE nr LAUNCESTON

Village Hall: Light Lunch. Homemade soup, dessert, tea/coffee. Only £3. Wednesday 12-2pm.

LAUNCESTON

Eagle House Hotel: Launceston Stamp Club meet 7pm members bring and buy, 8pm speaker Mr M Hopkinson on Thursday.

LEWANNICK NR LAUNCESTON

Coombeshead: Fun Dog Show, judging from 12noon on Sunday. Refreshments, barbecue, weather permitting. In aid of Penhaligon's Friends.

LEWDOWN

Cricket Club: Car boot Sale. No cars before 9am. £5 per seller.Sunday 10am-1pm.

LISKEARD

Methodist Church: Keltique ladies choir with Loveny Male Voice Choir. Saturday 7.30pm.

Refreshment Room, Public Hall: South East Cornwall National Trust Association. New members welcome. Guest speaker Hannah Jones NT Volunteering and Community Involvement Consultant for SW. Monday 7.30pm.

Long Room: Liskeard Country Market. Friday 8.30am-12noon.

LOPWELL DAM

The Old Pump House Cafe: Bere Ferrers Art Group late summer exhibition. Open daily from 10am-5pm from Saturday to September 15.

NEWQUAY

WI Hall: Scottish Country Dancing. £3. All welcome. Friday 7.30-89.30pm.

Esplanade Hotel: Newquay Pentire Probus Club Coffee morning. Wednesday 10am. New members welcome.

OKEHAMPTON

Meldon Village Hall: Okehampton Sequence Dance Club. £1.50 per person. Beginners welcome. Wednesday 8pm-10.30pm.

PAR

Methodist church: Jumble Sale Saturday 11am.

PLYMOUTH

Tothill Community Centre: Blood donor sessions on Tuesday from 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm. To book ring 0300 123 23 23.

Mutley Baptist Church Hall: Blood donor sessions on Friday from 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm. To book ring 0300 123 23 23.

RBL, Crownhill: The Great Western Jazz Company. £8 visitors. All welcome. Sunday 7.30pm.

St Matthews church, Elburton: Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir concert for the Shekinah Mission. Saturday 7.30pm.

The Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club: Plymouth Jazz Club with The Pennyroyal Jazz Band. £8 for visitors. Sunday 7.30pm.

City Museum & Art Gallery: Duo Volatus. Tickets £8.50 from the Museum Shop. Thursday 1pm.

PORTHCURNO NR PENZANCE

Minack Theatre: The Taming of the Shrew presented by Shakespeare's globe (on tour). Monday-Friday.

POUGHILL nr BUDE

Methodist church: Harvest Praise, Monday 6.30pm followed by buffet supper in Village Hall. £3.50. (Tickets 01288 352496)

Methodist Church: Coffee morning every Tuesday from 10.30am-noon.

RILLA MILL

Village Hall: Whist drive Tuesday 7.30pm.

ROCHE

Victory Hall: Whist Drive. Friday 7.30pm.

SHOBROOKE

Church: The Friends of Shobrooke church – The Gateway to Shobrooke. Flowers, produce, cake stalls, exhibition, crafts etc. All in aid of repairs to the lych gate. All welcome. Saturday 10.15-5pm and Sunday 12-4.30pm.

ST BURYAN

Village Hall: Farmers Market. Saturday 9.30-12.30pm.

ST ENDELLION

Church Hall: Whist Drive, Tuesday 7.30pm.

ST IVES

New Craftsman Gallery: Terence Coventry, Jeremy Annear and Judy Buxton, sculpture, painting, ceramics. Until Oct 12.

ST MELLION

Roundabout: Charity car boot sale. Weather permitting. Gates open traders 12pm. Saturday 1pm.

TAVISTOCK

Parish Centre, Plymouth Road: Tavistock Branch, Devonshire Association for talk on The Open Air Laboratory with Dr Alison Smith, Plymouth University. Friday 7.30pm.

The Wharf: Teatime talk with Dave Dixon on Secrets of the Rut. Monday 2pm; Music with G2 Definitive Genesis, Saturday 8pm.

TINTAGEL

Methodist church: Tintagel Orpheus Male Voice Choir meet Thursday 7.30pm.

TRURO

Cathedral: Nicholas Sutton (Doncaster) free lunchtime organ recital. Friday 1.10pm.

Hall for Cornwall: Truro Country Market. Tuesday 9.15-3pm.

Hall for Cornwall: The Rat Pack of Opera. Wednesday 7.30pm.

TORPOINT

Torpoint Community College: Rame Peninsula Male Choir informal practice evening. New members are invited to attend. Wednesday 7.30-9.30pm.

WALKHAMPTON

St Marys Church (signposted from village centre): Historic Dartmoor church open every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons in September from 2pm-4pm. Car park, local walk leaflets, refreshments.

WHIDDON DOWN

Methodist church: Harvest Festival Services, Sunday 6.30pm. Led by Rev David Easton.

YEALMPTON

Community Centre: Yealmpton Annual Garden Show. Saturday 2-5pm.

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