Did you know that medieval Cornwall was the centre of a vibrant and unique theatre culture?
Spectacular, outdoor performances lasting for several days were once staged, immersing the whole community in a celebration of the lives of Cornish saints or illuminating religious stories.
Two well-known examples of Plen an Gwari (Cornish amphitheatres) survive at St Just & Perran Round. However, more than 30 other sites have now been located.
Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we have been researching and celebrating these ‘lost’ Plen an Gwari sites and helping to uncover the amazing treasure of Cornwall’s theatrical heritage.
We have been running an experiential education programme for pupils, teachers and university students:
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