Cornwall Secondary Showcase

Talented young actors joined together to tell the stories of Women in Cornwall at this year’s Cornwall Secondary Drama showcase held at AMATA Falmouth University.

The aim of the annual event, organised by Hall For Cornwall’s Arts Development team, is to celebrate the inspirational role of drama performance work in Cornish schools. This year nine schools took part in the showcase event, with each asked to perform a 10 minute devised piece using the theme of Women In Cornwall as their starting point. Also taking part were a group of senior members of Hall For Cornwall’s Youth Theatre. “We know that the stories of women throughout history are under-represented in their telling,” said Helen Tiplady, HFC’s Head of Arts Development. “We wanted to do something about this and asked schools to devise a piece of work which explored and presented the story of a woman in Cornwall. “Schools were told their stories could be fact or fiction, historical or contemporary, famous, infamous or unknown stories of women from their own communities.”

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For Bodmin College, Ellie Fullwood and Matt McGuinness performed ‘Fishing’ a play written by Ellie, specially for the Secondary Schools Drama Showcase at AMATA-Falmouth University on 10th January 2019. As the theme was Cornish Women, Ellie based it on the writing process inspired by Anna Maria Murphy (Kneehigh Theatre, Radio 4). Ellie had worked with Anna Maria Murphy on a Kneehigh Rambles ‘Walk with Me’ App project in Bodmin and Helston in Year 12. This fabulous festival piece follows the successful news that Ellie has won a paid commission to write a play for The Minack Youth Theatre to be performed at the Minack Theatre , Land’s End, in the Summer.