SHOW DAYSAugust 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th (Special Music Event on 29th) (No Show 30th) 31st September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.
The Wild Muncaster May Ball is a Wild Woodland Summer adventure in the grounds of Muncaster Castle. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Ruskin’s “Gateway to Paradise” the Muncaster May Ball draws on local histories, myths and legends in a unique immersive theatre experience woven into the very fabric of Muncaster’s wondrous grounds.
Rogue is delighted to bring our wild Cornish spirit North and to be working alongside one of our favourite national venues; Rosehill Theatre on this collaboration at Muncaster Castle.
Join us for a while, be transported to another realm, waltz through the wild wood and secret doorways, take your imagination for a dance.
The Wild Muncaster May Ball is a woodland adventure into the land of Fae.
Rogue Theatre – the creators of King Arthur The Wild Hunt and Winter Wood (”top 10 Christmas walks“, Guardian Newspaper) presents this brilliant new story world.
Join the King of the Woods on the path through the castle grounds, and Moon, Queen of the night Sky as they tell tales of pirate girls, Dragon Women, wolf boys, wide eyed explorers, Kings, fools, spider legged school mistresses and vengeful Mermaids.
The Wild Muncaster May Ball is a combination of castle grounds and woodland, storytelling and theatre. With live music, stories, woodland adventure, explosive acrobatics, dancing, free face painting, and the chance to create something wonderful in a free woodland craft workshop.
Forest finery, frippery, feathers and fancy hairdos are encouraged though not essential.
When – 3.30pm – The Sunlight Ball and 8pm – The Twilight Ball (Enjoy the castle grounds at night).
May – 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st
Tickets – Sunlight Ball – £7.50, Twilight Ball – £10 (Under 5 s Free)
Box Office – Rosehill Theatre, Moresby, Whitehaven, Cumbria, Ca28 6se
www.rosehilltheatre.co.uk – 01946 692422
To arrange disabled access and general enquiries – 01946 692422
Where – Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, West Cumbria
What to bring – a picnic (optional), a picnic blanket, a warm and waterproof coat, footwear for adventure, and a torch if you are coming for the evening performance. There will be hay bales and log rings to sit on, though feel free to bring cushions or fold out chairs (if you don t mind carrying them).The path twists and turns and is bumpy under foot but should be fine for a rugged buggy!
Reasonably priced hot refreshments, cold drinks, beer, wine and cider will be available to buy.
Toilets are situated near the performance area.
Fi Reed (The Cornishman)
The first in a series of shows entitled Out Of The Woods, this increasingly confident Cornwall-rooted company returned to what feels like their spiritual home in Tehidy Woods, to entrance and enthral children of all ages. Campfire stories without the yawn factor, these were tales of loss, longing, life, death and everything in between. Never patronising, they somehow managed to pitch their passion to each and every one of us ball-goers, capturing our attention in gossamer threads, and whisking it off to the land of Fae.
From the moment we entered their magical domain, they spun story webs which stuck long after the last notes of the catchy little Moon song had faded. Random characters like the Mary Poppins-esque Raven Woman and bizarrely leggy Ed the Banker; thought-provoking installations where dozens of mirrors, hundreds of clocks, and numerous lampshades grew like strange fruit amongst the trees; tea-drinking Vaudeville Vixens in their parlour, a pirate ship with furled sails and a heady mix of blood and rum on the deck, and the enigmatic Woodland King inviting us to walk through the door and stay awhile.
I didn’t want to leave. This all-singing, all-dancing, multi-talented and ridiculously versatile cast of lovelies were having far too much fun. Besides, their infectious enthusiasm rubbed off on me like the glitter and sparkle used in abundance. It’s hard to pinpoint highlights, but the Wolf Boy was wildly magnificent, the Banker utterly mesmerising, Morgan Val Baker’s music spot on, the dancing divine, and the woodland stew (warning: may contain woodland) like the show as a whole, real soul food.
And with an ethos which aims to keep ticket prices as low as possible, Rogue’s new Wild Card system gives people the chance to pay a bit more if they’re able to, or even buy a ticket for an unknown friend. The woods may have quietened down for now, but fear not (or maybe do fear!) as the Hallowed, a haunted Halloween horror is coming soon. Congratulations Angelina and Ollie on nine years of Rogue-ness; you should be very proud.