Theatre

o-region is dedicated to producing original touring theatre.

Our work is visually striking, authentic and gritty whilst being underpinned with a rich vein of humour. We fuse the fantastical with the comedic eccentricity of the everyman.

We are passionate about shining a light on our native Cornwall, and we are drawn to stories that take inspiration from both its landscape and its people.

We have worked extensively in small scale touring, producing shows which have toured across the UK to studio theatres, rural venues and schools.

In recent years we have progressed to mid-scale touring through co-productions with Kneehigh and Palores Productions.

Hireth (2018)

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In co-production with Palores Productions

Written by Edward Rowe 

Directed by Simon Harvey

Featuring the music of Seth Lakeman

1914. West Cornwall.

Harry Elton is starting a new life below the ground mining for tin. Across the channel, a great war rages.

When the British Army arrive with an unexpected offer, Harry and his friends swap the dirty, dark and dangerous tunnels of Geevor for the deadly underground warzone beneath the Western Front.

“You battle everyday with nature. You fight to drag minerals from the ground. You’re already fighters. You’re already warriors. It’s time for you to lend those skills to the war effort”.

This epic new production tells the untold story of Cornwall’s forgotten war heroes and the unique impact they had on the First World War.

Featuring music from Seth Lakeman, a cast of professional actors and a community chorus, HIRETH marked the centenary of the end of World War I in the incredible setting of the Grade II-listed St Just Miners’ Chapel in St-Just-in-Penwith.

Fup (2016/18)

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In co-production with Kneehigh

Written & directed by Simon Harvey

Adapted from the novel by Jim Dodge

Fup is a big-hearted, uproarious modern fable about family, love and nature set in a weird and wild Cornwall not so different from this one.

The Santee family are unconventional, to say the least.

One hundred year old Grandaddy Jake and his enormous grandson Tiny live life on the fringes, drinking whiskey, building fences, boasting of immortality. But then, Fup arrives – an ass-kicking, web-footed, feathery sonofagun. See, Fup is a duck. A very big duck. A very big duck indeed… And she is going to change their world forever.

Featuring live, foot-stomping music, quacking puppetry, and lashings of eccentricity and charm, Fup is a story like no other.

With live music, big earthy performances and heart-melting puppetry, this comedy has a joyous, celebratory fizz and piercing melancholy

- The Times

Superstition Mountain (2009/10)

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Written & directed by Carl Grose

An epic comedy adventure from o-region and Carl Grose, following three Cornish brothers on a quest to find a forgotten treasure mine in the Arizona desert.

The Gunwallow brothers are in trouble. Slim’s scrapyard has gone belly-up. Dwayne owes money to some bad people. Mark’s in love with dodgy Tina from down the pub. And their dad’s just popped his clogs and left them on the brink of bankruptcy. But there’s one last glimmer of hope… a legendary gold mine lost somewhere in the depths of the Arizona desert. Only trouble is, no one who’s ever found Superstition Mountain has lived to tell the tale…

Blending the spirit of a Hollywood blockbuster with epic music, innovative film and powerful performances from three real Cornish brothers, Superstition Mountain is a dark comedy adventure exploring the intimate bonds and savage divides of brotherly love.

Three brothers… One last chance… No hope in hell…

“charismatic storytelling that stirs the imagination… As family myths dissolve under scrutiny, the results are both funny and tender…”

- Elisabeth Mahoney, ★★★★ The Guardian

Laughing Gas (2005/6)

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Written by Nick Darke & Carl Grose

Directed by Simon Harvey

Humphry Davy – pre-eminent scientist, pilchard addict and Penzance boy – requests the pleasure of your attendance at his legendary lecture at London’s Royal Institute, where he will demonstrate the effects of his latest and greatest discovery – nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas… Humphry has a formula to solve – one that will change science forever! But Revolution spreads through the city! The Royalist mob lynch those who bad-mouth their King! His elocution lesson looms! The trout in his pocket has to be cooked! And the audience is arriving soon… The clock is ticking, and time is running out…

This breakneck new comedy charted the rise of one of Cornwall’s most famous native sons, from his lowly beginnings as a chemist’s assistant to one of the most brilliant minds of the 19th century. A hurtling, hallucinogenic, hilarious show.

“Galvanic, gloriously anarchic and great fun”
— The West Briton