Theatre Shows

In accordance with government guidance, bookings for shows at this theatre will commence from May 17th 2021. Our standard show is for 12 people, aged 10 and above. However, if you have a young ‘professor’ aged 7 – 10 in your midst, who you believe would enjoy the show and could keep up concentration just let us know. We can accommodate.

For much younger viewers there will be occasional shorter, adapted family shows. See the schedule of bookings.

Now for a little more information about the content.

We begin with an inter-active Prologue of about 10 minutes, which is instead of a printed programme and introduces the key topics – Mining, Money, People, Power and The Planet! At this time every group gets to ‘Find a Fortune’ … tin, copper or lithium and will meet the ‘Cast’ of people in Treffry Tales.

Settling into your seat, the main show about Joseph Treffry, mine entrepreneur, will unfold. The stories date from 1800 to around 1870, when Meadow Barns was at the centre of an extensive mining enterprise, focused mainly on extracting copper.

6 ‘Episodes’ of Treffry Tales are told, with a long (45 mins) picnic interval in the middle.

To deliver the tales safely, we have ‘choreographed’ so that the 3 audience ‘bubble’ groups move carefully between one display and another and remain separate during the interval.

Episodes 4 to 6 expand the topics, bringing in steam engines, railways, tin mines and quarrying of granite and china stone. The associated viaduct, water ways and water wheels of Luxulyan Valley, Par River and Fowey Consols mine (some of the most significant areas of the UNESCO World Heritage Site for mining in Cornwall), are at the heart of the show.

Finally, a personalised route for a walk or drive will be planned for you, taking in some of the most iconic landmarks. Plus, if you request it, there can be a final story told at the start of your walk in the woods.

Our thanks to the Treffry family and the many other sources of information we have consulted. We will all be delighted if visitors remember the name Treffry & his achievements, long after they depart.

The viaduct in 1840s

Our version of viaduct & wheel

1840 tithe map shows the Penpell hamlet & the leat
The 2nd water wheel used in the valley – late 1800s

Wheels for china stone grinding

NB Historic England website gives fuller detail on Treffry buildings and why they have special, listed status.