Tuesday, July 17th, 2007
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This painting is based on the second in the cycle of Cornish Miracle plays from the fifteenth century known as The Ordinalia. It was performed in the Plen-an-Gwary, ( playing place ) in the centre of St. Just-in-Penwith in August / September 2001 by The Ordinalia Company, made up of the people of St. Just and the surrounding area (and a core production team of professional theatre practitioners). The third play in the cycle, The Resurrection, was later presented in August 2002 and THE FULL CYCLE in August 2004.
In the spring of 2007 the Ordinalia’s much loved director Dominic Knutton tragically died and it has been proposed that the hut adjoining the Plen, which was used as a vital backstage area for the productions, should be renamed the KNUTTON hut. The St Just community, represented by the town trust, aims to purchase this structure and develop it as part of the facilities at the Plen. To this end we are raising money so that the trust can buy the hut and the land that it is built on and the total proceeds from the sale of the painting have been donated to this appeal.