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THE KNEEBONE CADILLAC

DATES & LOCATION

DATES: 4th – 14th July 2024
VENUE: United Downs Raceway, TR16 5HU

PREVIEW – 4th July

EVENING SHOWS
5th – 7th July and 10th – 14th July
DOORS OPEN: 7pm
START TIME: 8pm
END TIME: 10pm

AFTERNOON SHOWS
11th July – Schools only
6th July – 7th July and 13th July
DOORS OPEN: 2pm
START TIME: 3pm
END TIME: 5pm

AUDIO DESCRIPTION & BSL SHOWS
14th July at 8pm

FAQS

Tickets 

Q: How do we purchase tickets? 

A: Tickets are now available through Cornwall 365, starting from £12.  HERE

 

Q: Are there any booking fees? 

A: A percentage transaction fee of 2.5% will be charged on each order purchased. 

 

Q: What are the concessions? 

A: Concessions include senior citizens, students, those on income support, and under 16s. Carers go free. 

 

Q: I want to book group tickets, is there a discount available? 

A: There is a group discount available. For groups of 10 or more, please email boxoffice@wildworks.org.uk with your preferred show date for a 10% discount off your total order. 

 

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 that will contain a PDF version of your tickets that you are able to print. 

 

Location 

Q: Where is it? 

A: The show is taking place at United Downs Raceway, St Day, Redruth TR16 5HU 

This is an outdoor event without shelter so please dress for the weather.  

The track is located on a former mining site and at times can be a little dusty and the ground underfoot is uneven in places, so we recommend sturdy footwear.  

 

Q: Can I bring my dog? 

A: No, sorry. 

 

The Show 

Q: How long is the show? 

A: The show will run for 1.5 hours plus 20 minute interval 

 

Age guidance 

Q: Is this show suitable for my family? 

A: The show is recommended for adults and brave children 12+ years 

The show has offensive language and adult themes. 

 

Cancellation 

 Q: What happens if it rains? Will the show be cancelled?  

A: No, the show must go on! 

 

Q: Can I gift my tickets to someone else if I can’t attend? 

A: Yes of course, sharing is caring.  

 

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. There will be disabled parking near to the performance location. The ground is uneven at times but there is good access. This is not a promenade performance.  There is an accessible toilet. 

 

Q: Are there any BSL performances? 

A: The 8pm performance on 14th July will have a BSL interpreter  

 

Q: Are there any audio described performances? 

A: The 8pm performance on the 14th July will have a Audio description. We have a limited quantity of audio-description equipment for audience members who are visually impaired, so please book these in advance by emailing info@wildworks.org.uk. 

 

More info 

Q: Is this a seated performance? 

A: Yes 

 

Q: Are there toilets? 

A: There will be toilets and a disabled toilet provided on site. 

 

Q: Is there any food or drink available? 

A: There will be a fully licenced bar and food available. 

A runaway summertime smash inside Cornwall’s car raceway

We are blazing a trail this summer by staging a rip-roaring show The Kneebone Cadillac bang in the middle of Cornwall’s legendary stock car racetrack.

The hilarious comedy-drama, written by Carl Grose and directed by Kyla Goodey, runs from July 4th-14th at United Downs Raceway near St Day in the heart of Cornwall’s mining country.

We are creating an arena within the rim of the stock car and banger racing circuit for the first-ever Cornwall-based production of the play – a critical hit when first aired on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.

It features the hard-up Kneebone family siblings Slick, Dwight and Maddy, who have a mighty fall-out when their scrapyard-owning dad Jed shocks everyone by leaving his cherished 1958 Cadillac Eldorado to his only daughter.

Rather than cash in the prized but broken-down auto – which may or may not have once belonged to Elvis Presley – feisty Maddy is determined to get it back on the road and take on all-comers in the United Downs Boneshaker stock car race.

Ancient family feuds do not die quickly and soon Maddy’s dream of success in a male-dominated world sets the community on a collision course for chaos.

The Kneebone Cadillac’s wickedly funny Cornish dialogue, the troublemaking cast of characters and gritty post-industrial locale illuminate a side of Cornwall many miles from the picture-postcard cliché of the county.

For Cornwall-born playwright Carl Grose, setting the drama at the raceway that fired his imagination when he first visited as a boy of ten with his dad is a dream come true.

Carl said: “I’ve always been obsessed with the area, that slightly stranger Cornwall, and have such vivid memories of the raceway because my dad used to take me out there. I loved that world – noisy and smelly, with all that grease and burning petrol.

“With The Kneebone Cadillac being staged there, it’s going full circle for me from when I was an excited little kid.”

Carl and Kyla Goodey first worked together as apprentices 30 years ago with Kneehigh Theatre company and are thrilled to be collaborating again in a Wildworks production on home turf.

He said: “It’s great that The Kneebone Cadillac will be seen in Cornwall for the first time thanks to Wildworks and it’s wonderful that Kyla is directing. She so understands it and gets it that this is a story for Cornwall now.”

Kyla Goodey is assembling a stellar line-up of locally based acting and production talents and working closely with the raceway owners to devise the most dramatic setting inside an arena which has hosted stock car racing for more than 50 years.

She said: “Comedy is my first love and what Carl has written is bang up to date. It’s about a young woman’s ambition to succeed in a man’s world and to find a way to see it through to the end.

“It’s a fast and furious Cornish show with brilliant dialogue and tons of dramatic twists and turns. It does feel like life right now could do with some light relief and there is plenty of light relief in The Kneebone Cadillac.”

Advanced ticket sales for The Kneebone Cadillac will be available to GROW WILD members starting Friday, May 3rd, while general ticket sales will commence on May 10th.

The Kneebone Cadillac is a major highlight of Wildworks-led We Are Shining, the biggest theatre engagement programme ever staged in Cornwall. The theatre company is now opening up a treasure trove of stories and inspiring creative talents from the Isles of Scilly to the Tamar.

The investment in We Are Shining from Cornwall Council’s Good Growth Programme is funded by the UK Government’s Shared Prosperity Fund.

📸 Steve Tanner