Tin becomes part of Cultural Olympiad

3rd February 2012

The Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, which has commissioned ETO’s new collaboration with Miracle Theatre, Tin, has announced that the production has been granted the Inspire Mark by the London 2012 Inspire programme.

The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Today’s announcement from the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) and the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) confirms that Tin is now part of the Cultural Olympiad – a huge national sporting and cultural celebration – as it was inspired by the shared Olympic and World Heritage values of respect, excellence and friendship.

Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said: ‘ Tin is encouraging Miracle Theatre, English Touring Opera , and all of the partners and community groups involved, to fulfil their potential. I am proud that with the help of partners such as the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, we are delivering our vision to use the power of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to boost participation in the invaluable support and education programmes for Tin and in the productions themselves.”

A first of its kind for a UK World Heritage Site, the collaboration around Tin revives the story of a banking disgrace from the 19th Century, set within the mining industry in the St Just area. Through a theatre tour (in March and April 2012), followed by the creation of a film, Miracle Theatre’s Director, Bill Scott has reworked the story and used it as the basis for his production.

Operatic legend Benjamin Luxon, who has Cornish mining ancestry, will be joining the acting cast. Schoolchildren and community groups from across Cornwall and West Devon will make up the ‘village chorus’, following an extensive outreach and education programme led by English Touring Opera.

Julian German, Chairman of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, added: ‘The way to bring World Heritage Sites to life is to tell the stories of the people who created these globally important places. Tin will enable people today to identify with our ancestors and gain insights into their role in creating the Cornwall we live in. We could see the powerful potential in the Tin project from the beginning. Receiving the Olympic Inspire mark will help ensure that the significance of this work is felt right across Cornwall and west Devon.’

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