The renowned Kneehigh was formed in Cornwall over 30 years ago; and although now the innovative theatre company is now internationally famous, it still keeps its feet firmly in its home county. Creating and performing original productions, Kneehigh has been described as “Cornwall’s National Theatre.”
In 2010 the company launched The Asylum, a giant nomadic-style, tipi-like structure which pitches up at The Lost Gardens of Heligan in the summer. Unlike most other outdoor theatre productions, Kneehigh’s audiences don’t need to have one eye on the stage and the other on the sky, as The Asylum offers a practical (and truly atmospheric) performance space. It also has a fully-licensed bar, and you can combine the performance with a meal at Heligan’s restaurant.
Kneehigh is currently touring the UK and America with 946, its adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s wartime novel The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips.
These are just three of Cornwall’s theatrical experiences. If you have time, there are a few other venues to check out. If you’re around at Christmas, try The Boathouse Theatre in St Ives for some magical puppetry and storytelling. Hall for Cornwall in Truro is a quick trip up the A30; and slightly closer, the Regal Cinema in Redruth hosts live theatre as well as showing films.