On my recent West Country holiday I had the pleasure or revisiting the Minack Open Air Theatre, perched on a clifftop on the Cornish coast. It must be thirty years since I was last here and it’s certainly been developed, with new visitor facilities and altogether a more organised feel to things.

The play, which told the tale of 19th century Australian convicts acting out a play, was entertaining, but of greater impact were the sub tropical gardens that weave themselves in and out of the amphitheatre planned, financed and created between 1931 and 1983 by one determined woman – Rowena Cade. And of course, the setting. This overlooks the English Channel, and as we were there for an evening performance, one of the fullest moons ever came to dominate the scene as darkness fell.

Oh, and towards the end a large, speeding helicopter suddenly emerged from behind the bluff on which the theatre sits – congratulations to the actors who seemed unmoved by this sudden intrusion!

Here are a few shots of the evening to give you a sense of the gardens, setting and the occasion.

Further information:

Minack theatre website

Old School Gardener

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