"Mike takes Cornwall with him wherever he travels, this is the ‘spirit of Cornwall’."
Mike Shepherd, our Joint Artistic Director, is to be awarded the Trelawny Plate in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Cornwall.
The plate originally belonged to Bishop Trelawny who was arrested and imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1688 – and the namesake for the unofficial Cornish national anthem.
The Trelawny Plate Award is made biennially to the person judged by a senior and representative panel “to have contributed most to the spirit of Cornwall”.
The current Sir John Trelawny, the 14th baronet and direct descendant of the bishop, welcomed the decision and said: “Mike Shepherd founded Kneehigh Theatre in 1980 and since then has worked tirelessly to bring the company from its humble beginnings, with shows on cliff tops and village halls, to the world stage and international recognition. Mike takes Cornwall with him wherever he travels, this is the ‘spirit of Cornwall’. He is the first person from the creative sector within Cornwall to receive the Trelawny Plate and is a worthy recipient of the 2015 Award”.
The Plate will be presented to Mike Shepherd at a special Service of Thanksgiving and Commemoration at Pelynt Church on Thursday 2nd July. As part of the celebration, the Pelynt Male Voice Choir, known as "Trelawny's Men", will lead the congregation in Robert Stephen Hawker's The Song of the Western Men - Cornwall's unofficial national anthem and more fondly referred to simply as Trelawny.