Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Minack Theatre, Cornwall

Not only did the sun shine on Monday but it shone on the Tuesday too, doubly blessed as Meatloaf once said. (I grew up in Cornwall, think yourself lucky that wasn't a Status Quo lyric).

So the Minack Theatre; one womans dream hewn from the unforgiving granite cliff face below her garden. I kid you not. Rowena Cade moved to Lamorna in the 1920's with her mother.  She was clearly a lady of great vision and the idea for the Minack theatre was born after she put on a production of "A Midsummer Nights Dream".  Full history, and one of my favourite photographs ever here - the portrait of Rowena sat in her wheelbarrow is wonderful!  Needless to say Minack has the most amazing back drop, I was last there when I went to see a production of "Macbeth" which I was studying for GCSE English, so that would have been around 30 years ago, eek!  Now there is a fantastic museum which details the history of the theatre, a cafe with quite possibly the most breathtaking view of any in the UK and a gift shop that sells Cornish Tablet, ingredients of which are Sugar, Sweetened Condensed Milk and Butter (9%), its not for the faint hearted, or those with type 2 diabetes as my dad discovered.

So onto the photos.
Not a bad place for a ham sandwich.

 This gives you some idea just how steep it is.

Dad was in charge of the lunch.


The sea was the most glorious colour.


Brave or mad? Either way I hope he caught something worth the effort of getting down there.

The seats were all fashioned out of concrete and are hand decorated and inscribed with the names and dates of productions.

Next year am going to try to get to an evening performance in the hope that I will be able to take photos as the sun sets, can you imagine?!  Knowing my luck will be lashing down and blowing a gale!


Aren't these beautiful?  And isn't in annoying when you know the name and it has gone clean out of your head?  Agapanthus, phew!


Bet this lot were having a FANTASTIC day in all that sun shine, blissfully aware that they were being photographed by dozens of strangers on the cliffs above.  I love being really nosey and peering in where you aren't expected, like this:
Zoomed in on a small area of the beach from the photo above!  Voyeur, me?!  Look for the pink surfboard in both pics to get your bearings!


  1. Wow Amazing photos and it looks so beautiful xx

  2. ahh beautiful! im hoping to do photography too! need to invest on lenses. i already have an olympus pen. any thoughts?

  3. Hi Kumiko thanks for your comment, sorry cant help regarding lenses for Olympus cameras as I use a Canon, sorry!


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