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The Tin Violin Cornwall and UK Tour 2012
Directed by Dean Nolan, starring Oraine Johnson, Steve Jacobs, Molly Weaver and Alex and Robin Kristoffy BishBashBosh Productions 28 May 04 Aug

Venue: Minack Theatre
Performance Time: 20:00
Performance Duration: 2:00
Full Price: £9.50
Concession Price: £4.50
Box Office Phone Number: +44(0)1736 810181/81047

Bish Bash Bosh productions are touring their award winning production of in June/July 2012.

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The Tin Violin premiered in Cornwall in 2008 and proved to be a huge success with audiences and critics alike. It sold out in venues across Cornwall. It was recorded for BBC Radio Cornwall and won the 2009 ‘Hoyler An Gof’ award for best piece of poetry or drama.

This follows after a successful tour of Guardian pick of the week 

“Surfing Tommies” in 2011  


We are re-staging the original production due to popular demand in Cornwall, as well as performing in the South-West, we are taking the show on a nationwide tour.


The production engages with audiences of all ages, presenting a story that is by turns funny, familiar and extremely moving. It is an evening’s entertainment that children and adults can enjoy equally and leaves them all with an experience that will live long after the curtain has come down.

The life of the violinist and composer Joseph Emidy is one of the most extraordinary of modern times. Born in Guinea, West Africa in 1775, at the height of European colonialism, Emidy was first captured as a slave by the Portuguese, then kidnapped by the British Navy, serving as a fiddler on The Indefatigable during the French wars. Landing at Falmouth, Cornwall and being presented with a magical tin violin made by an illiterate miner, Emidy became a musical genius of the early nineteenth century. 


Boy Josh finds himself embarking on a thrilling journey through worlds familiar and unknown. His epic adventure demands a resistance against the most savage of oppression before he finds freedom and love in music and song. On the way he meets mad sailors, gabbling Cornish fools, crazy fishermen and a woman who softly plays the strings of his heart.   


Funny, tragic and compelling, the play offers an extraordinary parable of humanity that raises questions about identity, belonging and place, and also turns upside-down preconceived ideas about West Britain and the continent of Africa. 


Rich with dialect, dance and decadence, this play will make you jig your heart out...

Tin Violin Tour Dates




Monday, 28 May 2012, 7.30 Tuesday, 29 May 2011, 7.30 Wednesday, 30 May 2011, 2.00 & 7.30 Thursday, 31 May 2011, 7.30   Friday 1 June , 2.00 & 7.30

Minack Theatre Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 6JU. Contact: 01736 810181




Saturday, 2 June 2012  Grampound Village Hall  

Meadow Lodge, Creed Lane, Grampound TR2 4SD.

Contact: 01726 883874


Monday, 4 June 2012 Indian Queens Pit

Nr Fraddon, Indian Queens, Cornwall TR9

Contact: 01726 861247


Wednesday, 6 June 2012 The Flavel Arts Centre

Flavel Place  Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9ND

Contact: 01803 839530


Thursday, 7 June 2012 Taliesin Arts Centre

University Of Wales  Swansea, WA SA2 8PZ

Contact: 01792 60 20 60 


Friday, 8 June 2012 Lighthouse Studio

21 Kingland Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 1UG.

Contact: 0844 406 8666


Saturday 9 June 2012 Bridport Arts Centre

South Street, BRIDPORT DT6 3NR

Contact: 01308 424 204





Monday 11 June 2012 Theatr Mwldan

Bath House Road, Cardigan, Ceredigion SA43 1JY

Contact: 01239 621200



Wednesday, 13 June 2012   Rondo Theatre

St. Saviours Road, Bath BA1 6RT

Contact: 01225 463362


Thursday, 14 June 2012  Torch Theatre

St. Peter's Road, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, SA73 2BU, Wales. Contact: 01646 695267


Saturday, 16th June 2012 Hall for Gwinear

Churchtown, Gwinear, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27

Contact: 01736 850781


Sunday, 17th June 2012 Smugglers, Tolverne

Tolverne, St-Just-in Roseland, TR2 5NG

Contact: 01872 520000   


Tues 19,Wed 20 & Thurs 21 June 2012

The Pleasance Theatre

Carpenters Mews, North Road, London N7 9EF

Contact: 020 7609 1800


Friday, 22 June 2012 The Firestation Arts Centre

St. Leonards Road  Town Centre, Windsor, SL4 3BL

Contact: 01753 866865 





Sunday, 8 July 2012, 
Altarnun Village Hall

Moors Edge, Treween Launceston Cornwall PL15 7RD

Contact: 01566 86579


Monday, 9 July 2012  Penlee Park

Penlee House, Alverton Street, Penzance, TR18 4HE

Contact: 0845 094 0428 


Tuesday, 10 July 2012 
Brewhouse Theatre

Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1JL.

Contact: 01823 283244


Wednesday, 11 July 2012 The Lost Gardens of Heligan Pentewan, St.Austell, Cornwall PL26 6EN.

Contact: 01726 845100




Thursday, 12 July 2012 Burrell Theatre

Trennick Lane, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 1TH

Contact: 01872 246 038  


Friday, 13 July 2012 Tiverton Community Arts Theatre

Tiverton High School, Bolham Road, Tiverton. EX16 6SQ

Contact:01392 493493


Tuesday, 17 July 2012 Seven Arts Centre

Seven Artspace
31(a) Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton,

Contact: 0113 26 26 777


Wednesday, 18 July 2012 Barnsley Civic

The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley, S70 2HZ

Contact: 01226 327 000


Thursday, 19 July 2012 Washington Arts Centre

Washington, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, NE38 8AB.

Contact: 0191 219 3455


Friday, 20 July 2012 The Queens Hall

Beaumont Street, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3LS.

Contact: 01434 652477


Saturday, 21 July 2012 Rosehill Theatre

Moresby, Whitehaven, Cumbria CA28 6SE.

Contact: 01946 692422



Tuesday, 24 July 2012 Chapter Arts Centre

Market road canton, Cardiff, CF5 1QE

Contact: 029 2030 4400






Wednesday 25 July 2012 
Artrix Theatre

School Drive, Bromsgrove B60 1AX

Contact: 01527 577330



Sunday, 29 July 2012 Lowry Studio

Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ.

Contact: 0843 208 6000




Monday, 30 July 2012 Landmark Theatre

Wilder Road, Ilfracombe EX34 9BZ.

Contact: 01271 324242


Tuesday, 31 July 2012 Sterts Theatre

Upton Cross, Nr Liskeard, Cornwall PL14 5AZ.

Contact: 01579 362382



Wed, 1 August & Thurs 2 Aug 2012
The Driftwood Spars

Trevaunance Cove, St. Agnes, Cornwall, TR5 0RT

Contact: 01872 552428


Friday, 3 August 2012 Roskilly’s Farm

Ice cream & Organic farm
Tregellast Barton,
St. Keverne,
TR 12 6NX

Contact: 01326 280479


Saturday, 4 August 2012 Cardinham Woods

Woods Cafe, Cardinham Woods, Bodmin, PL30 4AL

Contact: 01208 78111






Minack Theatre
TR19 6JU
South West

Box Office Phone Number: +44(0)1736 810181/81047
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