15 March 2012
'DEVON AND DEMELZA'
A brand new play inspired by the *Devonwall proposal
at The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter 20th – 24th March 2012
'It's the Tamar, not the Amazon, for heaven's sake!'
This was the 'off-the-record' response by Prime Minister David Cameron when quizzed about a proposed new parliamentary constituency that would flout the Devon/Cornwall boundary – a boundary that has remained unchallenged for 1000 years. And it became the inspiration for a brand new play by Cornwall playwright, Elaine Ruth White.
Elaine, who was the writer on the award-winning local opera, 'One Day, Two Dawns' (English Touring Opera/Hall for Cornwall) said:
'Boundaries are crucial to who we are as people. They are an essential part of how we define ourselves. When a boundary changes, so does our identity. And there are few places this is more true than Cornwall.'
Set in the Morwenstow area of North Cornwall, 'Devon and Demelza' is a satirical take on the Devonwall proposal. Elaine explained:
'There's a lot of humour in the play, but like all satires, it identifies a very scary reality about the world we live in today.'
Despite their sibling rivalry, the sisters have a strong bond, but when a Community Risk Advisor arrives and declares Demelza’s potato patch a national hazard, their world is changed forever.
The official soon gets his feet well 'under-the-table', and tensions start to escalate.
As events conspire against her, Demelza discovers that even in the age of cyberspace, it's land that people will kill for.
This satire with a surreal edge can be enjoyed at several levels, and affectionately parodies the relationship between Devon, Cornwall and Westminster.
10 years +
'Refreshing, intriguing and unique'. Response to the premiere performance.
Note for Editors:
*Devonwall is a jocular name used for a proposed Parliamentary constituency that would transgress the border and combine parts of Devon and Cornwall.
A published and broadcast playwright, Elaine Ruth White was writer on the Royal Philharmonic Society award-winning production by English Touring Opera, 'One Day, Two Dawns', and recently wrote a fresh libretto for Mozart's 'The Magic Flute', set in the 1920s, for Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter. She lives in Penryn, Cornwall.
For more information, contact Elaine on: 07980570087