The Zig Zag Way

The Zig Zag Way

Trebiggan Productions

2016 marks the 10th Anniversary of Cornish Mining’s recognition as a World Heritage Site, in celebration of this remarkable achievement a season of inspirational new work has been commissioned under the celebratory banner – Tinth.
Pauline Shepherd’s insightful adaptation of Anita Desai’s bestselling book The Zig Zag Way is an inspirational choice as part of Tinth’s programming; the story moves seamlessly from present day Mexico to a time when Cornish tin mining had collapsed and our forefathers ventured across the globe with promises of rich pickings in far flung countries.
The audience is drawn into a world of passion and fear, trauma and sadness as we step back in time with Betty and Davey, a young Cornish couple bravely trying to adapt to a new and strange life in Mexico; a world of dark tension hangs between the indigenous locals and the largely unwelcome foreigners. Fast forward a century and young Americans, Eric and Em, find themselves in the same area of Mexico, while Em engrosses herself in medical research Eric is left to seek out his ancestry. Assisted through dangerous terrain by Huichol Indian Guides, Eric’s quest for knowledge of his roots uncovers more than he bargained for.
The fast paced script and myriad of on stage costume changes as the cast move from Cornish to Indian to Mexican characters is cleverly directed by Rosie Hughes, who has brought together a superb cast for this terrific ensemble production.
The show is full of colour with wildly funny moments – Jenny Beare’s fabulous portrayal of a Mexican ‘Carmen Miranda’ character is sublime. On the flip side of the humour are overwhelming moments of great sadness, tears flowed at Olivia Lowry’s powerful performance of a young Cornish girl bringing new life into a world with revolution exploding around them.
The multi talented Ben Sutcliffe and Zaid Al-Rikabi of The People’s String Foundation provide a glorious soundscape throughout the show, from deeply moving Cornish songs to a wild mix of Mexican Mariachi. The Zig Zag Way is a delight, a must see for everyone with a passion for our Cornish history and for those who simply enjoy a good night out.
The tour continues until July 7th with the final performance at Hall For Cornwall, more details of dates and venues can be found at www.trebigganproductions.com

Sheila Vanloo
June 2016

 

Article by: Sheila V
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