Here we are arriving at the Minack Theatre on 24th September. The Theatre is situated on the coast of south-west Cornwall close to Porthcurno village, not far from Land’s End, and the spectacular scenery of the area is evident.
The theatrical performance was the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta “Princess Ida” presented by the actor-singers and associated members of the Cambridge University Gilbert and Sullivan Society. “Princess Ida” is not among the well known G & S operettas, and I knew none of the songs, but I found that it contains some pretty tunes, and much typically Sullivan music especially in the second half.
A memorable feature of the day, in addition to the Show itself, was the “settled” weather – settled as rather heavy rain ! during much of the afternoon’s performance.
We, the audience, had the benefit of being able to wear waterproof tops, trousers and hats, but the performers had to sing, dance and act in the pouring rain and wind, in certainly soaking wet costumes as they moved around and went off and came back onto the set. Despite those very intemperate conditions, they performed stalwartly and excellently, and it was a pleasure to be there even in such weather.
The whole outing, from the morning start to arriving back in Tavistock in the evening was a great success, and I express my appreciation for the efficient organisation of the day.