Cornwall LivingIssue #111

Performance magic

Experience Dandy Lion; a brand-new, intimate storytelling experience for children and families this summer at Trebah Garden.

This magical, musical fable will be performed across the sub-tropical ravine valley garden and tells the tale of Tevi, a uniquely special lion cub. In a heart-warming, coming-of-age story he discovers what it is to be the leader of a pride – a reminder to adults and children alike that our uniqueness should be our strength; after all, there are many ways to be a lion.

Trebah Garden has teamed up with Cousin Jack’s – the Cornish family theatre company behind the annual production of The Mousehole Cat performed live in Mousehole every Christmas – for this family promenade storytelling event that takes you on a magical journey, culminating in a celebration of individualism on Trebah’s private beach. Expect beautiful puppetry, live music, and captivating storytelling. This is a unique opportunity for spirits to be lifted and humanity celebrated in a much-missed shared experience!

Directed by Guy Watson, founder and Artistic Director of Cousin Jack’s, who produced and directed Operation Neptune for Trebah in 2019, Dandy Lion will feature Emily Faulkner and Oliver Longstaff, familiar faces to the garden from previous performances. New to Trebah this year are Little Angel Theatre trained puppeteers Stacey Mitchell and Jennie Rawling. The score has been written by Cornish composer and musician Ben Sutcliff and will be performed live by Zaid Al-Rikabi. The story has been developed from an original idea by Guy Watson and has been written by Charlotte O’leary writer of Operation Neptune, and will be produced by Jonathan Bray and Guy Watson on behalf of the Trebah Garden Trust.

Dandy Lion is suitable for families of all ages; however, it’s worth noting that due to the topography of the garden children and adults will be required to walk as the route is not suitable for buggies. This is just one of the many exciting events planned at Trebah this summer. From live piano concerts on the beach and performances in Trebah’s own open-air amphitheatre, to pop-up family adventures and comedy evenings, there is a performance for everyone this summer at Trebah Garden. Ever-popular, these shows sell out quickly so we recommend early booking – see you there!

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The summer season at Trebah

2nd July – live piano concert, on the beach, with the overwhelmingly talented composer and musician, Elliott Jacqués

13th August – an energetic, live music-fuelled adaptation of Romeo and Juliet in the amphitheatre.

26th August – Cornwall-based, world-class musicians will perform Bach’s Double Violin Concerto in D minor, and the Mendelssohn Octet in E-flat major, guest will also be able to dine on this evening or collect a gourmet picnic to enjoy in the garden prior to the performance.

2-3rd September – a pop-up polytunnel-come-greenhouse will be appear to host The Greenhouse, a family adventure into the senses of plants

10th September – Trebah-regular, Mark Watson will be back to make everyone laugh again!



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