Tin selected as an Arts Council England 2012 highlight

25th January 2013

Singers Steve Jacobs, Ben Luxon and Jason Squibb from Tin – photo by Ainsley Cocks

Miracle Theatre and ETO’s exciting collaboration Tin, a drama delving deep into the lives and loves of a Cornish mining community, has been selected as one of Arts Council England’s cultural highlights of 2012

Tin was commissioned by the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, which also entered it in the Cultural Olympiad – the national celebration of British arts and culture that supported the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The drama brought together an extraordinary cast of professional actors and singers with schools and community choirs, breathing life into Edward Bosanketh’s original historic novel in a heady mix of theatre, multimedia magic and top notch singing.

With only 12 projects highlighted, one for each month, the production is ranked among ACE initiatives such as sculptor Anthony Gormley’s collaboration with choreographer Hofesh Shechter and the flagship Cultural Olympiad project ‘Unlimited Festival’ at London’s Southbank Centre which ran for the duration of the Paralympic Games.

Bill Scott, Artistic Director of Miracle Theatre, said: ‘I’m bowled over that Miracle Theatre and English Touring Opera have received this recognition from the Arts Council. Tin was a unique project and all two hundred or more people who collaborated in making it should feel extremely proud of their achievement.

Tin has been a large-scale project for us, which started life in 2010 with a script development project and rehearsed reading, funded by World Heritage Sites.With their continued support Miracle was able to attract further grants from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Heritage Lottery Fund to mount a full-scale touring production and roll out an extensive accompanying programme of community heritage activities.

Now we just have to complete the film version, which we hope to release by the end of the year, so everyone everywhere can enjoy this wonderful Cornish creation.’

ETO’s Tim Yealland, who worked closely with Miracle on Tin, said: ‘We’re also thrilled at the news. It was a pleasure to work with Miracle Theatre and all the many other participants on this unique and rewarding project. The relationship with Miracle continues as we’re currently working with their designer, Jude Munden, on our new space opera Laika the Spacedog. Also we can’t wait to return to Cornwall to round off our forthcoming spring tour with Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra in May at Truro Cathedral.’

Redruth-based Miracle Theatre is currently seeking investors for the final stages of post-production for its micro-budget feature film of this story of love and money, opera and tin mining, using an imaginative combination of digital technology and hand-made 1/12th scale models.

For Tin the movie, the original cast of the theatre production, which included opera icon Ben Luxon, are joined by Jenny Agutter (The Railway Children, Call the Midwife) and Dudley Sutton (Lovejoy, Weekend Retreat). To see behind the scenes images and to keep up to date on the film’s progress simply go to facebook.com/TinFilm

Miracle Theatre has been touring innovative comic theatre across the UK for over 30 years, and is currently touring Frankenstein! until the end of February across the South West. For dates and details visit miracletheatre.co.uk

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