Lark Rise  
Lark Rise

by Keith Dewhurst
Based on the Lark Rise to Candleford books by Flora Thompson
Music arranged and additional music composed by Colin Guthrie


Directed by David Taylor

August 23rd - 27th, 2010

The Tower Theatre performing at the Minack Theatre, Cornwall

Photography by Lynn Batten
© Minack Theatre
Audience reactions to the show ...

"I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your recent production of Lark Rise at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall. My wife and I saw the production on a very damp and misty Wednesday evening.. Really well done: it was a joy to watch."
"The rain held off for another great production for the Minack, well done Tower Theatre, a most enjoyable evening. The music was fantastic, as were the individual performances. Look forward to seeing you back at Minack soon."
"Despite the weather we thoroughly enjoyed our first anniversary trip to Minack last night, and I especially enjoyed Lark Rise as it is one of my favourite books. I expect us to return for some other shows in the future. Well done."
"Many many thanks for putting on a thoroughly enjoyable performance of Lark Rise that left us enthralled from start to finish. Where to start? Well, it has always been our intention to come to the Minack and when we saw that Lark Rise was to be performed, what better route to temptation? ;o) And so when the clouds finally parted on the day of the show, we just knew this was a sign of great things to come. We weren't to be disappointed. This was our first visit to ANY theatre in all of our 20 odd years of marriage and to be greeted by such courteous and enthusiastic staff, we just knew this was a good call. The setting, as expected, was up there in Gobsmack territory and everything was set for a great evening's entertainment. OK the dolphins never showed but the gannets did their best as stand-ins ;o) Many thanks too must be expressed to the Tower Theatre Company for such an impressive performance. You guys brought the characters to life as we hoped; and then some. Well done! We hope your visit to the Duchy and to play at such a unique venue has left a great impression; individually and collectively. It must have. Consequently, you will be on our list of future attendance should you return. We look forward to it!"

The Company
Katie South : Laura Timms
Freddie Norris : Edmund Timms
Martin South : Albert Timms (their father), guitar
Janet South
: Emma Timms (their mother)
Jimmy Smallwood : Bishie, Doctor, John Price, harmonica
Colin Guthrie
: Boamer, concertina, melodeon, singer
Jonathan Norris
: Pumpkin, Squire Bracewell, Rector, trombone
Frank Crocker
: Old Price, Dick, Grandfather
Guy Saunders : Old David, Mr Sharman, Twister, Cheapjack
Bob Bradick : Mr Morris, Old Postie, Jerry Parrish, Landlord, guitar
Mark Simmonds
: Fisher, singer
Peta Barker
: Old Stutt, Tramp, Algy, percussion
Fenella Lee
: Mrs Spicer, Mrs Andrews, singer
Louisa Norman
: Mrs Blaby, Mrs Beamish
Maxine Howard : Mrs Peverill
Barbara Mathews : Mrs Miller
Kate Fearnley : Mrs Tuffrey
Penny Tuerk : Old Sally
Phillip Ley : Carrier, bass
Alison Liney
: Queenie Macey
Annemarie Fearnley : Garibaldi Jacket, violin
Lizzy Willis
: Martha Beamish, Polly
Villagers : Joey Bradick (tin whistle, guitar), Evie Ley, Ella McKenzie, Skye McKenzie, Archie Patterson, Paul Sanders (trumpet), Sam South
Production Team
Director : David Taylor
Musical Director : Colin Guthrie
Movement and Assistant Director : Ruth Sullivan
Costume Design : Kym Gribble
Lighting Design : Stephen Ley

Stage Manager : Mark Wiggins
ASMs : Michelle Roebuck, Alexandra Ley, Andy Hind
Lighting Operator : Adam Taylor
Sound Operator : Laurence Tuerk
Props and Furniture Construction : Keith Syrett, Wendy Parry, Jude Chalk
Wardrobe : Lynda Twidale, Jill Batty
Wigs and Hair : Frances Hounsom
Front of House Team : Katie Barker, Melanie Barker, Carol Borrill, Nigel Borrill, Sue Brodie, Jude Chalk, Jacky Devitt, Jacqui Dickson, Beryl Holyoake, David Holyoake, Jeff Kelly, Jayne Lawrence, Deborah Ley, Marjie Manley, Celia Reynolds, Alan Root, Vyvian Shaw, Lesley Strachan, Peter Westbury, Val Whitehouse, Alan Wilkinson, Andrew Yon