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Wednesday 05 July 2017 @ 07:00pm :  -
Miracle Theatre Company - The Third Policeman

Miracle Theatre Company - The Third Policeman
photo: Kirstin Prisk

The Third Policeman - A Surreal Comic Adventure
Written by Flann O’Brien
Adapted by Bill Scott, Meiert Avis and Robert Bayley

This summer Cornwall’s Miracle Theatre ventures into a world somewhere between Alice in Wonderland and Father Ted, where the earth is not round but sausage-shaped; where eccentric policemen fall in love with bicycles and you can visit eternity via a rickety lift, hidden beside a lane in the heart of rural Ireland.

With its hilarious characters, streaks of dark humour and unforgettable plot twist, The Third Policeman earned its author, Flann O’Brien, a world-wide reputation as one of Ireland’s great comic geniuses. O’Brien’s scorching wit and delicious turn of phrase, combined with Miracle’s delight in physical comedy and absurdity, has to be a winning combination. Fans of this cult classic and newcomers alike should expect the unexpected!

Flann O’Brien was born in 1912. His life, like his writing, was as tragic as it was comic: comic in that the handful of books that he produced are ranked by some (including Graham Greene and Dylan Thomas) as some of the most brilliant humour ever written; tragic in that heavy drinking incapacitated him and shortened his life.

Tickets: £12.50 - available now from the Pub

Miracle Theatre Company
Miracle has been touring original, inventive theatre across the UK since 1979. It is one of the South West’s most distinctive voices, and has come a long way since it began life, but it has also stayed put in Cornwall. It produces a rich-mix of touring theatre from new writing and to popular adaptations of classic plays. Its work is always entertaining, innovative and unpretentious.

In summer, Miracle pops-up in unexpected places: on beaches and cliff tops and in amphitheatres, gardens, castles. The rest of the year, its fine-tuned flexibility enables it to adapt to venues of all shapes and sizes – from village halls to grand theatres!

Miracle’s projects are collaborative, bringing together artists, actors, musicians, writers and makers from around Cornwall to create work with a unique offbeat style, a joyful use of language and an immediate visual appeal. It skilfully integrates the very latest technology with traditional storytelling to bring together audiences of all ages across the South West and beyond.


What people have said about The Third Policeman:

"Wild, fantastic, magnificently comic." ~ Graham Greene

"Flann O’Brien assaults your brain with words, style, magic, madness, and unlimited invention." ~ Anthony Burgess

"A real writer with the true comic spirit." ~ James Joyce

What people have said about Miracle Theatre:

"Miracle are a joy – go and see them!" ~ Western Morning News

"Eclectic & Ingenious!" ~ The Stage

"Excellent entertainment enjoyed by our entire family" ~ Audience feedback

On past Miracle shows:

"Absolute masterclass in comic timing" ~ Western Morning News (Magnificent Three, 2015)

Miracle Theatre Company - The Third Policeman
photo: Kirstin Prisk