|Date:||Thursday 15th November 2018|
Written by Ed Rowe
Directed by Simon Harvey
I was mesmerised by Hireth at St. Just Miners’ Chapel last night, Ed Rowe’s new play is a powerful and emotional piece of strong Cornish theatre. Ed’s writing is that of a true Cornishman, filled with pride for our heritage and our brave forefathers, his love for Kernow simply pours from him. Ed has proved himself to be a marvellous storyteller and his ability to deliver terrific plays becomes stronger with each production. Much loved as Kernow King, Ed is far more than a stand up comic – he is a powerful actor and his stage presence is palpable.
The rest of the Hireth performers have been well cast and each individual performance is perfect, throw in a small band of brilliant musicians with a community choir performing music from Seth Lakeman and you’re guaranteed success.
Simon Harvey’s direction is the icing on the cake, Simon instinctively knows what works and Hireth stands up as a great piece of theatre which is crying out to go on the road. Simon doesn’t take to the boards much himself these days as his masterful directing gives him no time for performing, so it was lovely to watch his cameo role as a vicar – could this be the start of more Hitchcockian style cameos for Cornwall’s most sought after Director?
Congratulations to everyone involved in Hireth, last night’s standing ovation was richly deserved and celebrated not only the wonderful cast, but also the unsung heroes behind the scenes who have created an incredible set with superb lighting and sound and spot on costumes.