Kneehigh have been performing at The Lost Gardens of Heligan ever since the gardens were first opened to the public after their rediscovery.
Some of our first productions there were Ship of Fools, described by Mike Shepherd as a ‘fairy tale meets Mexican Day of Dead’. Windfall, which was one of the earlier versions of Marquez’ short story that eventually led to our production of A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, recently reinvented with puppets by Kneehigh and Little Angel Theatre, and our Wild Walks, which saw actors and story-tellers taking the audience on a magical journey through the woods. The pictures on this page are from Wild Walks in 1993 and 1994.
Since then we’ve been back with Tregeagle, Carmen, Arabian Nights, The Red Shoes, and lots more. Most recently, in 2010 we performed Hansel and Gretel in a dome tent at The Lost Gardens. The sell-out run was a huge success and a pre-cursor to our very first Kneehigh Asylum season later that year.
We’re delighted to return to Heligan this year and are indebted to them for twenty years of support and the beautiful surroundings in which to perform. Here’s to the next twenty years!
These photos are from the Kneehigh Archive held by Falmouth University at their Penryn Campus. The Collection contains an inspiring range of records that document the artistic processes behind the Company’s work over the last 34 years, including recordings of shows, photographs, scripts and press and promotional materials. Academic researchers and members of the public alike are enthusiastically welcomed to view the records by appointment. For more information contact Archivist Sarah C Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01326 254303, or visit library.fxplus.ac.uk/archives.