We're bringing the Asylum home to the Lost Gardens of Heligan in September. Earlybird tickets are on sale now. There's limited capacity this year, so get booking!
The Asylum is our purpose built theatre tent, which has been described as “a place pre-disposed to magic”. This new partnership with Heligan means visitors can wander the gardens for free before the show, or spend longer exploring with a combined garden and show ticket. The Heligan kitchens will be offering a delicious seasonal menu created especially for the event, using local produce, much of which is sourced from the gardens themselves. In the Asylum tent, live music and the Asylum bar mean that the event is not just a show: it’s a great night out!
Mike Shepherd is thrilled that the company are ‘coming home’ to Cornwall and this very special part of it has particular memories for him and the beginnings of the company:
“I grew up in St Austell when it was a very different place to what it is now. One of memories is of the circus coming to town, and running from the station down through town following the circus to the field where Asda is now.
“Coming from Cornwall I grew up, like many others at that time, thinking that I had to get away and so I travelled to the ‘Big City’ After a time of sporadic work and very little creativity I knew it was time to think again. I returned to Cornwall which I have always thought of as a place where you can make things happen. There I met like-minded people from around the St Austell area, and Kneehigh was born. We told stories in the middle of the woods by firelight; we did stunts on Mevagissey harbourside; we performed down at the Minack when Rowena Cade was still there – these were exciting places that were kind of elemental and indeed we used the elements: the rain, the wind… It certainly gave the theatre a kind of wildness and anarchy which I think we’ve still got.”
In what will be the fourth Asylum season in Cornwall, we will be presenting our brand new show, a radical version of The Beggar’s Opera written by Carl Grose and directed by Mike Shepherd. Called Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) the show is composed by Charles Hazlewood.
We have been lucky enough to have enjoyed success this year with a UK and international tour of Tristan & Yseult, and with our much loved stage version of Brief Encounter touring to Australia and the US. This completely new show will be anarchic, funny, radical and rude, in the true spirit of our award winning Cornish company. Get your tickets today!