Cornwall LivingIssue #67

Mowzer’s back for Christmas!

Cousin Jack’s The Mousehole Cat is back by popular demand, returning to Mousehole this Christmas.

This festive season, Cousin Jack’s present a magical puppet and live action production of Antonia Barber’s classic children’s story, The Mousehole Cat, at the Solomon Browne Memorial Hall, Mousehole – the village’s former pilchard works.


Following a sold-out Christmas residency last year, Mowzer is back by popular demand. Cousin Jack’s Artistic Director, Guy Watson tells us: “Enthusiasm and feedback for the show was so great that we just couldn’t stop Mowzer making a return journey home again this year.” He adds: “The show was so popular with educators in the audience wanting to bring some of our to their school that we had to create new children’s workshops this year! All of these have now been snapped up, but do register your school’s interest with us for next year!”

This year’s adaptation features many familiar faces, including Mowzer of course, in the safe hands of the hugely talented Bec Applebee, while Bryher Flanders returns as the most loveable Cornish fishwife Dolly, who steers the audience through Mowzer and Tom’s epic adventure. New for this year is a folk driven live acoustic soundtrack, taking influence from traditional Cornish songs performed by local musician, Richard Trethewey.

Families will again have time to marvel at Mousehole’s spectacular lights display, before taking their seats to hear how this West Cornwall village was saved from desperate famine by the brace actions of fisherman, Tom Bawcock, and his faithful cat, Mowzer. Based on a well-known Cornish legend, Antonia Barber’s uniquely heart warming story is sure to warm the cockles of your heart, almost as much as a hefty portion of stargazy pie!

The Mousehole Cat runs from 17th to 31st December, and this year, on 24th and 31st December, Cousin Jack’s have also included two relaxed performances, perfect for adults and children who might benefit from a more relaxed environment, or are uncomfortable with sudden lighting changes or loud noises. These are, of course, open to everyone.