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STRANGER BEASTS

COMING THIS AUTUMN…

I will teach you not to fear each other, the stranger, or the storm.

I am Cornwall, I am in one place, but my heart is free.

This September, on the spoil heaps and ruins of the iconic Geevor Mine, at the end of the land, Wildworks will be creating a new show, the glittering highlight of We Are Shining, our 2024/25 programme celebrating Cornwall’s long traditions of welcoming strangers, of community and outdoor performance.

Cornwall will take centre stage in Stranger Beasts, the story of Belerion, a girl born of a cosmic mother and an earth-born father, bound to change the destinies of her land and her people.

Bel grows up wild and motherless, but as she reaches girlhood her ordeal begins. Forced into an unwanted femininity, she is exploited, quarried, gouged and excavated by those who should love her but wish to tame her. But you cannot tame a wild heart. Bel’s stormy rage at her cruel fate brings a Stranger to the shore. Together they will journey through the Thin Place, the boundary between the land and the sea. A liminal space, neither here nor there, where rules are suspended and Bel and the Stranger can find love and acceptance of their strangeness.

Stranger Beasts is a life story and a love story that explores the transformative nature of strangers. A story that reminds us that despite the surface wounds and scars that we all gather through life, sometimes all it takes is the power of a stranger to hold up a magic mirror to reflect and remind us of what potential and strength lies beneath.

A love song to the land. A wild cry to the skies… that you do not have to inhabit the boundaries and confinements you inherited.

A provocation to remain rooted, yet outward facing, Robust and strong. Weathering the past, yet face bare to the future winds that blow inwards. Ready to face the next chapter.

Conceived and directed by Mydd Pharo
Written by Mercedes Kemp and Mydd Pharo

Stranger Beasts has its roots firmly planted in the familiar childhood tale of Beauty and the Beast (English), Cupid and Psyche (Roman/ African), La Belle et la Bête (French), Zelinda and the Monster (Italian), The Maiden and the Beast (Portuguese), The Fairy Serpent(Chinese), The Enchanted Tsarevich (Russian), Angela Carter’s The Tiger’s Bride (English).

Photo: Steve Tanner

LOCATION - TICKETS - TIMES

DATES: 18th Sept – 6th Oct 2024
Show dates: 18th, 19th,20th, 21st,22nd, 24th,25th,26th,27th,28th,29th Sept & 1st,2nd,3rd,4th,5th,6th Oct
PREVIEW: 18th Sept 2024 

VENUE: Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Penzance, TR19 7EW 

BOOK TICKETS HERE

Ticket cost: £5.00
We have tried to make tickets for this event as cheap as possible. However, if you can afford to pay more, this will help us to bring more magical events to you in the future. 

SHOWS TIMES:

DOORS OPEN: 5.30pm
START TIME: 6.30pm
END TIME: 8.30pm 

No Interval 

AUDIO DESCRIPTION & BSL SHOWS 

BSL Performance: 21st Sept
Audio Described Performance 6th Oct 

Please email boxoffice@wildorks.org.uk to book the BSL interpretation or audio description
Please note: Stranger Beasts is an adventurous promenade performance (The audience will walk with the performance from scene to scene) See further below for details. 

ADDITIONAL INFO - FAQS

Tickets


Q: How do we purchase tickets?
A: Tickets are now available through Ticket Tailor at https://buytickets.at/wildworks/1307587


Q: How much do tickets cost?
A: All tickets are £5.00 with a Pay what you can option.

We recognise that cost may be a barrier for some, therefore we are able to offer free tickets through our WILD AND FREE ticket scheme. If you require a free ticket, please email: boxoffice@wildworks.org.uk 

Q: Can I print my tickets?
A: We encourage all our audiences to remain paperless where possible. However, all tickets will be sent via confirmation email containing a PDF version of your tickets that you can print or show on your phone on arrival. 

Location & Accessibly 
Q: Where is it?
A: The show is taking place throughout the landscape of the iconic Geevor Tin Mine, and will travel from the top of site (Geevor Visitor Centre) down into the valley, along the Tin coastline and return. 

The landscape is rugged, and the ground underfoot is uneven in places, so it is important to wear really sturdy footwear. There is also a steep hill on the way back to the visitor centre and car park. 

This is an outdoor event with NO shelter so dress for the weather. It will be very cold at night. More details about arrival to follow. 

Due to the nature of the landscape and the journey involved the show is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.  

Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: I’m afraid not. The show features fire, loud noises/bangs, light effects, and the movement of large crowds.  

The Show 

Q: How long is the show?
A: The show will run for approximately 2 hours. 

Q: Is there an interval?
A: There will be no interval, but there will be toilets halfway along the route and refreshments are available before and after the performance. 

Age guidance 

Q: Is this show suitable for my family?
A: The show is recommended for adults and brave children. We recommend this show for 8+ years – this is a guideline as we are aware that all children are different. We have added content information on our website to be aware of. 

The guideline is based on the age that we feel young people will be engaged and entertained for the duration of the show.  Please note thatthis production contains adult themes. 

Cancellation 

Q: What happens if it rains? Will the show be cancelled? 
A: The show must go on. We very rarely cancel shows due to weather. We will monitor the weather forecasts beforehand and inform audience if that evening’s show will be cancelled through your booking email and via social media.  

Q: What happens if the show is cancelled?
A: Please contact Boxoffice@wildworks.org.uk to arrange an alternative date or receive a ticket refund 

Q: Can I exchange my tickets if I cannot attend?
A:  Tickets can be transferred to an alternative date 2 days before the performance. Availability pending. 

Q: Can I gift my tickets to someone else if I cannot attend?
A: Yes, sharing is caring. The receiver of your ticket must be able to present that ticket in digital or printed form at on site box office.  

Accessibility 

Q: Is this show accessible?
A: We endeavor to make our productions as accessible as possible. However, as a site-specific company we are often met with challenging terrain. Due to the uneven ground, STRANGER BEASTS is unsuitable for people unable to maneuver on uneven, rocky terrain. 

 

Q: Are there any BSL performances?
A: Productions on 21st September will have a BSL interpreter and audio-visual equipment will also be available for visually impaired audience members. 

 

More info 

Q: Is this a seated performance?
A: This is a promenade performance with some opportunities to sit on the ground during some scenes. We do not recommend bringing deck chairs or other portable seating due to uneven ground and carrying. Hunting sticks are ok.  

 

Q: Are there toilets?
A: There will be toilets situated at the beginning and the end of the journey. 

Please ask a steward to point out the midway toilet stop if needed. 

 

How to find us – 
Geevor Tin Mine is located in the village of Pendeen, 7 miles west of Penzance. The mine is easily reached from Penzance, St. Ives or Lands End by car or bus. We are an hour’s drive from Newquay, 30 minutes’ drive from St Ives and Hayle and 20 minutes’ drive from Penzance. 
We know it is a bit further to drive so ALL-DAY PARKING is FREE to all visitors. 

BY ROAD 

Sat Nav TR19 7EW 

From Penzance 

From the A30 Penzance bypass take the main road to St Just (A3071). Continue along the A3071 and fork right on the B3318 to Pendeen. Turn left at the crossroads to drive through Pendeen and turn right at the Geevor main entrance. 

From Lands End and St Just 

Turn off the A30 to St Just on the B3306. At St Just continue to Pendeen. Geevor is situated about 3 miles from St Just along the north coast. 

From St Ives  

Follow the beautiful coast road (the B3306) through Zennor and Morvah to Pendeen. 

BY BUS 

A17 bus.  

From Penzance 

Take the A17 and ask for Geevor Tin Mine. 

You can find out more about bus services in Cornwall on the First Cornwall website. 

 

CONTENT ADVICE

It is important to us that you feel equipped before journeying with us, therefore please note thatthis production contains adult themes. There are strobe/flashing & moving lights, smoke and haze effects, fire and loud music.  

Whilst abstract and not naturalistically shown, some scenes do include references to sexual activity and physical aggression.
Other content: Gun shots, blood, images of war, abuse, death, and themes which some people may find upsetting.