Wild Woodland Summer Ball.
By Rogue Theatre
Welcome to the wild summer wood!
The trees stretch towards the brilliant summer sky and beneath the green canopy of leaves the woodland paths are alive with colour and wonder.
Hundreds of eager feet, from this world and the other, animal, human and faerie (and half way between), patter along the path in time with the beat of the wings of butterflies and birds
Even the breeze dances, as it makes its way through trees, carrying stories and shimmering magic to the heart of the woods.
For this is the summer and a great celebration is under way; The Wild Woodland Summer Ball, and you are invited!
From Cornwall’s highly visual Rogue Theatre (King Arthur and Winter Wood (Guardian Newspaper’s Top 10 Christmas Walks)) comes this new woodland theatrical festival.
Join us for a while, be transported to another realm, waltz through the wild wood, take your imagination for a dance.
Wild Woodland Summer Ball is a family adventure with an immersive journey through the trees of Tehidy Woods with a gathering of storytelling, song and dance.
There will be live music, stories, performance, acrobatics, dancing, free face painting, and the chance to create something wild and wonderful in a free woodland craft workshop.
All are welcome, from near or far!
Hot refreshments, cold drinks, beer, wine and cider will be available to buy.
Toilets are situated near the performance area.
Woodland creature costumes, faerie Dress, otherworld outfits, party frocks, animal masks, funny hats, forest finery, frippery, feathers and fancy hairdos are encouraged though not essential. (Grown ups as well as children)
Disabled access can be arranged on 07837 561 483.
For your woodland adventure we recommend you bring –
– A picnic/snacks/treats (optional)
– A picnic blanket
– A warm and waterproof coat (better safe then sorry!)
– Shoes for adventure (wellies if it has been raining)
– 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 event lasts about 2 hours and takes place in the open woodland so come prepared whatever the weather.
The show is suitable for families, children and adults who like magic and adventure.
The path twists and turns and is bumpy under foot but should be fine for a rugged buggy!
www.roguetheatre.co.uk, Info – 07837561483
Wild Woodland Summer Ball gathers twice a day on the following dates,
The first at 2.30pm (The Sunlight Ball)
And the second at 7.30pm (The Twilight Ball with candle lit path to leave)
21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th. 26th,
28th (only Twilight Ball at 7.30pm), 29th, 30th, 31st
1st and 2nd.
Tehidy Woods North Cliffs Entrance Near Portreath.
Leave the A30 at the Porthtowan and Redruth Exit. Follow signs to Portreath. Drive through the village and up the hill following signs for Gwithian and Hayle. After a mile or so you will pass the Tehidy North Cliffs entrance. Follow signs for Wild Woodland Summer Ball!
Tickets – £7.50 per person. 3 years and under are free. (Maximum of 2 under 3’s per adult)
Tickets include everything…face painting, parking, woodland craft making…
Refreshments can be purchased at reasonable prices.
Book Tickets – www.crbo.co.uk or 01726 879500 or click here
Disabled Access can be arranged on 07837561483 or [email protected]
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.