Rehearsals are underway for a summer theater show at one of Cornwall’s theater companies and it’s full of nonsense for the kids and the whole family.
This summer, the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth and Cornish theater company Illyria are teaming up to create a brand new show, I Saw A Monster, which is free as part of the museum’s entry fee.
In a high-energy 20-minute performance, the show will explore local legends through real eyewitness accounts and monster sightings in Cornwall. In the show, a scientist and a monster expert attempt to find common ground when it comes to sea monsters – do they really exist or are they just a figment of the imagination? Although there are many disagreements, a sea beast they agree on has very unexpected results.
For over 30 years, Illyria has toured theaters in Cornwall, the UK and around the world, winning four international ‘best performance’ awards and attracting numerous five-star reviews. Work on the show took several months with sets, costumes and puppets all built and created here in Cornwall.
Oliver Gray, Artistic Director of Illyria, said: “Illyria travels the country far and wide every year, but there is something very special about returning home to perform in Cornwall.”
“It’s not very often that theater companies are commissioned to create new work and this whole process has been incredibly exciting for us.
“When I was younger I wanted to create a monster show and my inner child is having a blast! We can’t wait to open the show at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.”
Stuart Slade, head of public programming at the museum, said: “Working with local cultural sector partners on this scale is still relatively new to us, but it’s an exciting formula that really works.
“It engages our visitors and ensures that summer is always fun at the museum. This new show helps children learn about science and environmental issues in a way that is completely fun and engaging and while full of comedy and drama. playfulness has a powerful message for our visitors to take home.
As well as daily shows, the Discovery Quay-based museum, Falmouth, also runs craft workshops where families can create monster puppets as well as a museum trail to find all the hidden tentacles.
I Saw A Monster began on Monday and will continue through Sunday, September 4 with broadcasts daily at 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:15 p.m.