‘Tartuffe’ at The Minack was an amazing experience – we played to packed houses, entertaining a total of 4,300 people in glorious sunshine all week. The audiences loved it, the cast and crew loved it and our popularity was such that we have been invited back to perform again in this truly spectacular theatre !
We gained a 5 star review and a host of new fans. The company spirit was amazing and the team work was a real tribute to all those involved – getting the set from the cliff top to the stage is no mean feat but it was accomplished with (comparative) ease and accompanied by a lot of jokes and in an atmosphere of high spirits.
New companies are not often invited and competition to perform at The Minack is intense – to be invited back, as we have been, is thrilling and very satisfying.
We look forward to 2016 and The Merry Wives of Windsor with relish. Click on the arrow to view our slide show video below and scroll down for more details of the wonderful Theatre Under the Stars in Cornwall.
TARTUFFE AT THE MINACK Review
Jenny Balow writing in ‘The Cornishman’
‘The Guildbury Players French translation
richly deserves a standing ovation……’
‘This adaptation, directed by Ian Nichols, is as clear cut as the crisp cotton, lace and stripes worn by the all knowing servants…..’
To learn the truth about Tartuffe
Go to the theatre without a roof
To see this play by Molière
With witty rhymes in the open air.
The whole of this 17th century classic comedy has been scripted in rhyming couplets by one of Britain’s best loved modern poets, Roger McGough, in a smooth and pacey production that is a sheer delight.This adaptation, directed by Ian Nichols, is as clear-cut as the crisp cotton, lace and stripes worn by the all-knowing servants in the opulent Parisian home of Orgon (Andrew Donovan), where pious fraudster Tartuffe (Steve Nankervis), has managed to get his feet firmly under the table of the master of the house. Speculation over the next move by Tartuffe, who has his sights set on both Orgon’s daughter, the pretty Marianne (Amie Felton) – and her mother (Laura Sheppard) – fills the first 45 minutes of the play before the “rapscallion on the make” finally makes his official entrance. He resists the temptation to actually twirl his moustache, but he’s been sussed by the cheeky maid Dorine (Kathryn Attwood), Marianne’s suitor Valere (Conor Turley), the lisping son of the family Damis, (Eddie Woolrich) and Cleante (Phill Griffith) who view him as “a pantomime horse on a tightrope wire” as he beguiles the women of the house, including grandmama Mme Pernelle (Diane Nichols).Despite their collective warnings, the conniving Tartuffe succeeds in having Damis disinherited and the bailiff, the misnamed Loyal (Graham Russell-Price) arrives to take possession of the house, an “eviction ordinaire”, as Orgon hurls his wig to the floor in increasing Basil Fawlty- esque frustration.
The classical set with its pediments and porticos beautifully convey the architecture of a French mansion, and the stylish and immaculate hand made costumes designed by Diane Nichols and sewn by members of the Surrey based amateur company, take us back to 1664, when the play was written, and initially banned by the Roman Catholic Church for its irreverence.It has been translated and adapted many times, but scouser Roger McGough gave it an extra funny, contemporary slant when he was asked to re-write the play for the Capital of Culture festival in Liverpool five years ago.
And so, the Guildbury players’ French translation,
Richly deserves a standing ovation!
Phil Jackson – theatre manager at The Minack
‘Professional, high production values…. your cast and director quickly made all the adjustments required to perform at the Minack… your technical team were charming and most helpful… you more than justified my faith in giving you a slot and you are invited back to perform again, possibly in 2015 if I have a slot, but definitely in 2016’
The Landlord of The Cable Station Inn.
‘You are a lovely company – I wish all companies were like you’
From an audience member staying at The Cable Station Inn.
‘It was a 3 hour orgasm’
Email from an audience member.
Just to say that today’s matinee performance of Tartuffe at The Minack Theatre was truly excellent! I enjoyed it as much if not more than any professional production I’ve seen in recent years – congratulations to you all! You captured the humour of Moliere and I found myself roaring with laughter – it was so enjoyable and outrageously funny. Thank you for a great afternoon!
Best wishes, Vanessa Yates
Posted on the Minack Facebook page by an audience member.
Congratulations to the cast and production team of Tartuffe on the excellent performance this afternoon. Glorious setting in the baking sun! Wendy Nutton