Porthcurno is a small village on the south coast of Cornwall. Just outside of Porthcurno is the Minack Theatre. The Minack Theatre is really an awe-inspiring place. It is a working, open-air theatre constructed above a gully with a rocky granite outcrop jutting into the sea. The theatre season runs each year from May to September, and some 80,000 people a year see a production here.
The theatre was the brainchild of one Rowena Cade who, with her gardener Billy Rawlings, made the terrace, stage and rough seating of the complex from carved and relocated rock. They hauled materials down from the cliff above or up via the winding path from the beach below. Looking at the structure, it truly amazed me that just one woman and one man built and carved this theatre by hand with no advanced tools at their disposal – it was the early 1930s after all.
The Cornwall coast runs just behind the theatre; the actors have quite a background against which to perform.