Outdoor Theatre

The Miracle return to Wellow once again on Thursday 19th July when they will be performing                                 Chekhov’s ‘The Cherry Orchard’.

As ever, the performance will be family-friendly and entertaining to the full. 

 

Please visit wellow.arts.org for information and details of events.

The last event staged, on 6th July 2017:  The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien

Click on picture to go to Jeremy Brien’s theatre review of the event:

It was a lovely sunny evening on Wellow Playing Field, with picnics being enjoyed by many as they listened to a talented solo artist …..

……and then went on to watch the amazing performance by                                                         The Miracle Theatre cast members.

……..More reporting on the event:

A review by Marian Osborne:
In 2016 it was “Life’s a Dream”, and this year’s open-air performance by the well-named Miracle Theatre had a good deal of the dream-like about it too. “The Third Policeman”, adapted by the company’s director Bill Scott from a book by Flann O’Brien, caught us up in a whirl of unanswered telephones, eccentric characters, mystified policemen, repeated words and events set in Ireland (or was it eternity?) going round and round like the hurtling bicycles (could that perhaps be part of the point?)  and delighted adults and children alike.  Not many of us, I think, would claim to have “understood” it, but that didn’t seem to matter. 8-year-old Robin, who I could see was entranced throughout, said afterwards that it was very funny and you didn’t know what would happen next, and he “would give it a high rating”.  Other, much younger children made the most of the lovely moonlit evening by running to and fro across the field behind and in front of the stage.  It fitted the spirit of the play perfectly!

Special thanks and congratulations to Ron and Sheilagh Humphreys for bringing the Miracle Theatre to Wellow again this year.   All that responsibility and organization must have involved a huge amount of work and probably of worry too. 
I hope the excitement of working with theatre and the eager response of the large audience made it all worth while.
A review by Ron Humphreys:
The world is sausage shaped and night is an accretion of black air.  These and other remarkable assertions by the scientist/philosopher de Selby were just some of the allusions in the family-friendly comedy ‘The Third Policeman’ performed in the open air and under the stars by the professional Miracle Theatre Company at Wellow recreation ground.  Fresh from their residency at the famous Minack Theatre in Cornwall, the cast of Ben Kernow, Ben Dyson, Catherine Lake and Hannah Stephens entertained an audience of 270 on a warm balmy evening.

Before the show, Maryell Finisterre entertained the audience with a selection of popular songs by Edith Piaf and Irving Berlin while they tucked into a picnic with friends and relations.
Then the mayhem began!
Set in rural Ireland the plot involved Policemen so obsessed with bicycles that they couldn’t contemplate any other crime.  Why would you want to steal a watch when you could steal a bicycle?  
 
To boost their figures they would hide pumps, lamps and saddlebags in places where they could subsequently find them.  
As the actors searched for hidden articles amongst the audience this added greatly to the hilarity particularly when they snatched the occasional strawberry or sipped some champagne from the unsuspecting crowd.

Here’s what one Mum had to say: ‘It was a magical evening and myself and the children thoroughly enjoyed it. Kitty and I loved it and although we laughed all the way through, we were rather baffled by it, but my 10 year old grasped the concept of the play entirely! On the walk home, he said that he thought that the reason they were all so obsessed with bicycles is that the play represented the eternal cycle of hell. Well. I was pretty impressed with that!’

Well so are we!

 

PREVIOUS PERFORMANCES:

On July 13th 2016, Calderon’s ‘Life’s a Dream’  was performed by the Miracle Theatre Company.

Theatre stage view

Theatre bars

Wellow’s first live outdoor theatre performance by a professional touring company was a great success. On July 13th, Calderon’s Life’s a Dream  was performed by the Miracle Theatre Company. An audience of over 200 people brought chairs and a picnic to enjoy before this epic fable of love, war and destiny.

 

The play was packed with action, fuTheatre crowd 2ll of drama and passion and had a generous seam of comedy.
The cast involved the audience at various stages and they even managed to fit in the surprise appearance of a Hercules aircraft when it flew overhead!

 

It was a real community event – a team of volunteers dressed the field with bunting, gazebos and flares and helped the cast to unload the staging. The youngsters of the village made themselves useful by serving the workers with tea and refreshments and then helped to carry the audience’s bulging picnic bags.  After the performance the cast were invited to the Fox & Badger before being escorted by torchlight to the three homes who generously provided overnight accommodation.

Theatre crowd 1

Many thanks are due to all those who helped, but in particular to the two main organisers, Ron and Sheilagh Humphries.

Here are just a few of the many comments received from happy outdoor theatre go-ers – with a general view that this should be the first of an series of annual events.

‘What an amazing evening you organised last night, it was a HUGE success! Such a versatile cast and a very amusing play enjoyed by all.’
‘I just wanted to say what a fantastic evening! I came with Ollie (9) and Kitty (7) who both were captivated even thought my 7 year old didn’t have a clue what was going on. It was a great production and a magical night. (Albeit a very cold one!).  Well done both of you for organising.’
‘Great event Ron, you are to be congratulated on a fantastic outcome – a product of all the effort that you and Sheilagh put in.  Highlight for me was when the beam of sunlight shone across the stage to show what a  beautiful country we live in. Also the improvisation when the Hercules flew over when they were surveying the skyline.’

 

‘Well done. What a fantastic night all round the play was extremely well acted, interesting, humorous and fun but above all a great tribute to your organisational excellence.’

‘I wanted to congratulate you on yesterday’s wonderful theatrical experience. I think it will go down in the annals of Wellow history as a great event. What a HUGE turnout … where did they all come from?? You should both feel jolly pleased with yourselves for pulling it off in such spectacular style.’

 ‘We really enjoyed the play on Wednesday evening and we just want to say a big ‘Thank You’ to you (and all your helpers) for having the inspiration to conceive the idea and the tenacity to pull it off.’