• Bona fide belly laughs fill the room as the performers bounce improvised jokes off the crowd with admirable deftness, managing to push the boundaries of acceptable audience-performer relationship a little further each time. The show threatens to swing off its axis before sewing it all up in a tight – and hilarious – crescendo, reminding […]


Before I Wake (The Minack)

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Date & Time
Date(s) - Tue 22nd May 18
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Minack Theatre

Powerful and heart-warming original Cornish play Before I Wake returns in 2018 to mark the centenary of the end of World War I – now with a full professional and youth cast.

Spring in Cornwall; birds are singing, veg is growing and in a little fishing village on the edge of the Heligan estate fancies are turning to thoughts of love…  But in Europe war is looming. Friends and lovers are signing up and leaving.  How will the closely-knit community of families and neighbours deal with the pressures of enlistment, the call of duty, and ultimately the loss…?

Before I Wake is based on the true stories of Hilda, William and their friends, the gardeners who wrote their names on the sheds at Heligan before they left for the trenches.  This tender play brings back to life a cast of characters still remembered by their families today.  Share their hopes, dreams, laughter and tears in the stunning environments they knew and loved – and be touched by the very human stories of a Cornish village struggling to make sense of a world at war.

Booking is open now for performances at The Minack, 21st-25th May (matinees 22nd & 24th May) and at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, 29th-31st May.