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… Hireth was an epic production telling 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 40-strong chorus from the local community around St Just, 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.

Over ten performances, Hireth played to over 3000 people and received an overwhelming response from audiences and the local community. Members of the cast included actors Morgan Val Baker, the show’s writer Edward Rowe, and Mary Woodvine (who recently starred in our one-woman show, Tre).

“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”.

In co-production with Palores Productions
Written by Edward Rowe 
by Simon Harvey
Musical director Richard Healey
Featuring the music of Seth Lakeman

Gallery – Hireth at the St Just Miner’s Chapel


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