Event category: Talk

Out of the Ordinary symposium

photo of document with Out of the Ordinary logo in the middle

Join a variety of speakers for a fascinating day at Kresen Kernow exploring the miracles and mysteries behind the manuscripts in the Out of the Ordinary exhibition, as well as a chance to view the exhibition.

The event will be hosted by Will Coleman. The morning will feature presentations by Professor Michelle Brown, Dr Oliver Padel and Ken George outlining the four manuscripts (The Cornish Ordinalia, Creation of the World, Bewnans Meriasek, Bewnans Ke) which have returned to Cornwall for the first time in centuries for this exhibition.

At lunch there will be a chance to purchase refreshments at Kresen Kernow’s new Ginkgo Cafe (or you’re welcome to bring a packed lunch), as well as see the Out of the Ordinary exhibition.

The afternoon will take the form of a panel discussion about how the plays may have been staged in the past, and the challenges and thrills of staging them today. The panel features Jason Squibb (St Just Ordinalia), Simon Harvey (o-region, Kneehigh), Sue Hill (Wildworks), Jack Morrison (Feast), Guy Watson (Cousin Jack’s) and Bethany Lyne (Cornwall365).

Symposium attendees are welcome to stay on for the launch of Professor Michelle Brown’s new book ‘The Word and the Shaping of Cornwall Before the Reformation: Stone, Scripture and Playscripts’ (Francis Boutle, 2021). A full programme will be sent to attendees closer to the time.

Please note: due to ongoing covid restrictions and social distancing, spaces for this event are exceptionally limited and pre-booking is essential. The event will be filmed and made available via our YouTube channel at a later date. Please book your ticket via Eventbrite. 

Plen an Gwari: The Playing Places of Cornwall – free online talk

Will Coleman with the second edition of his book Plen an Gwari: The Playing Places of Cornwall

Join Will Coleman and learn more about the extraordinary medieval theatre culture of Cornwall!

Will Coleman celebrates the release of the second edition of his book by delivering a colourfully illustrated talk unpacking the extraordinary medieval theatre culture of Cornwall.

Why did the tradition flourish and die?

What would attending such a spectacle have been like?

How might we locate our local plen an gwari (playing place) sites?

Will Coleman is Artistic Director of Golden Tree Productions – delivering highest-quality cultural projects celebrating the distinctiveness and diversity of Cornwall. Yes, he is “that Man Engine bloke”.

This talk is free and is bookable via Eventbrite.  It will be delivered via Zoom. Registering with Eventbrite and Zoom will speed up the joining process.

Out of the Ordinary – free online talk

Scan of handwritten historic document

This summer, four historic Cornish language play scripts unite for the first time in history for a special temporary exhibition at Kresen Kernow. In this free online talk, Kresen Kernow Learning Lead, Chloe Phillips, gives an introduction to the exhibition and the events programme that will take place this summer.

The exhibition will unite The Cornish Ordinalia and The Creation of the World (on loan from the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford) with The Life of St Meriadoc/Bewnans Meriasek and The Life of St Kea/Bewnans Ke (on loan from the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth) under one roof  for the first time in history. The manuscripts form a very significant part of Cornwall’s written and language heritage, as well as providing glimpses of a distinct theatrical tradition which took place here centuries ago.

The talk is free and bookable via Eventbrite. It will be delivered via Zoom. Registering with Eventbrite and Zoom will speed up the joining process.