Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Friday 13 July Tiverton Community Arts Theatre welcome Cornish theatre company Bish Bash Bosh and Alan Kent's 'The Tin Violin'

Sue North, Vice Chairman of East Devon Choral Society, has another role in Tiverton - on the committee of Tiverton Community Arts Theatre. The committee's hard work came to fruition on Friday last week when Cornish theatre company 'Bish Bash Bosh' came fresh from their Cornish tour (and en route to a national tour) to perform an award winning Cornish play for the people of Tiverton.

Alan Kent's 'The Tin Violin' won the 'Holyer an Gof' award in 2009. (Holyer an Gof = follower of 'The Smith' - i.e. Myghal Joseph the leader of the Cornish Rebellion in 1497 - pen name of Cornish bard Len Truran of the Gorsedh Kernow.) The story of a musician from Guinea at the time of Beethoven could not be better suited to the theme of 'The Classical Journey' - especially after the visit of the Guinean musicians of 'Ballet Nimba' to Dartington.

More details to follow - but meanwhile let's enjoy a little photo-montage of a fabulous show!

Oraine Johnson is Joseph Emidy
as a free man in Guinea
playing the traditional berimbau
The slavers arrive


Joaseph is captured

- to Eduardo Souto de Moura
in Brazil (Steve Jacobs)


The chorus
(Alex & Robin Kristoffy)
provide the hooves
for the ride to
Eduardo's plantation
Eduardo has a new
instrument for Joseph


With practice he learns,

escapes to Lisbon,

is engaged by the Queen
(Molly Weaver)
Captain Sir Edward Pellew
of the English Fleet
needs a musician
The Queen misunderstands
his motives
to his embarrassment

But with strong rum
the captain gets what he wants
Joseph finds himself back
in the hold of a ship


Tiverton High School Curriculum Leader
Jon Sowden
with committee member Sue North
They have worked very hard -
for a very distinguished audience -

The Lady Mayoress and Lord Mayor
Felicity Salter & Tom Lindus

Joseph's new captor
Sir Edward Pellew
Has something for him
Joseph is happy to oblige

The crew of the Indefatigable
celebrate victory over the French
Joseph is discharged
in Falmouth
but he's forgotten something!

Joseph is recognised by
a blind Cornish miner
Jabez Pender (Steve Jacobs)
Joseph doesn't understand
what the man wants
Jabez explains
- Joseph's talent
is well known in Cornwall

and Jabez has something
to give to Joseph
a new violin
- made of tin
the gift is extraordinary
- and wonderful
such lines!
so shiny!
- like a mirror
Opera diva Signora Grilietti
comes to Cornwall
Joseph shyly waits
with his compositions
What does she think?

any good?
let me think . . .
the signora left a letter

explaining -
he should stay where he is

a new development
Joseph meets Jane Hutchins
at a Methodist meeting
after the initial pleasantries

Joseph loses his heart

cue dad - Zachary Hutchins
the Methodist minister
Zachary advocates equality for all
- but has misgivings about their relationship
nevertheless -
he gives his blessing
and extends the hand
of friendship
and gets more than
he expected
tentative first
expressions of love
are welcomed
and returned
romance blossoms

Jane foresees a happy future

in a cloud of confetti
the local girls skip under
the lovers' arch

Joseph as an old man
makes his will
and plays one last time
the instructions are read
his work must be destroyed
consigned to the flames
or . . .
The music lives on
. . .

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