Rogue Theatre performances are a ‘must go to’ experience for our family. Our group includes children from 2-10 years old, mums, dads and grandparents. I can honestly say that we all love the shows equally.
Their usual base is Tehidy Woods, near Camborne, but they also visit perform at local festivals. This year, they’re also doing a summer season at the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Rogue specialise in story telling outdoors. They use the woods and fields as their backdrop to weave magical stories using music, costumes and simple props to encourage the audience to use their imagination (sadly underused in our digital age!).
The Lost Garden Summer Ball focuses around the gardens waking from their long slumber. After wandering through the woods and bumping into some of the performers who set the scene for the performance which follows, you’re invited into a wondrous fairy world by the Woodland King. Six stories from the Book of the Fae come to life before your eyes…
Rogue are an extremely talented bunch. They all seem to be adept at singing, dancing and playing several musical instruments, and seem genuinely to love what they do. You’re invited to dress up in forest animal costumes or fairy outfits (anything goes as it’s just for fun) – adults as well as children! Seating is on straw bales in the open air and the show lasts about three hours.
You can buy food from the Heligan restaurant before and during the show, as well as drinks and snacks from a pop up cafe near the stage. I suggest you take waterproofs and wellies, plus warm clothes as it gets chilly in the evening when the sun goes down.
Do make the effort to go. It’s a show for everyone – your children will be enraptured and so will you!
Rogue Theatre at Heligan
Performances take place at Heligan throughout July and August 2017:
July: 12 -15, 19 – 22 & 26 – 29
August: 9 -12 & 16 -19
Performances begin each night at 6.45pm and end approximately 9.30pm. Tickets are £10 for adults, £8.50 for under 17s and free for children aged three and under.
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