Carved into a cliff face and overlooking a beach resembling a postcard from Jamaica, the Minack Theatre is such a spectacular space that they can get away with putting on any old rubbish. And they do. We had the Newport Playgoers Society performing Joan Macalpine’s adaptation of Tom Jones.
It’s a good choice for an amateur dramatic society as it places minimal strain on the actors. The story is explained to the audience mainly through Tom Jones’ narration (although others get to talk to the audience), leaving the players to perform a series of slapstick set pieces. Good fun if you’re into this sort of thing and on stage (or have friends on stage), if a little tiresome for the audience. While it’s nice for the country’s amateur dramatic societies to be given an opportunity to holiday in Cornwall together and perform on a truly special space, it would be nice to see what an innovative professional company could do with Minack.
Uploaded: 27 July 2005