Folk Festival To Include ‘Swashbuckling’ Drama

The fourth Scilly Folk Festival will include drama for the first time.

The first performance of the 5-day musical event will be a one-woman show of ‘music and physical theatre.’

Bec Applbee of the Cornish folk group Dalla will perform her one-woman show, ‘Oh Mary,’ based on the life of Mary Bryant the Cornish highwaywoman. There will also be a performance by Dalla afterwards.

The production will use the new school performance area and other venues include the Old Town Inn, Old Town Church and Tresco’s New Inn.

Piers Lewin arranged the first three festivals and is still involved but, as he’s on the mainland, he’s being assisted by a committee of Nick and Bryony Lishman, Dave Parr and Roz Hicks.

Roz says there’s plenty of interest from performers. She says they’ve been “queuing up to come” and choosing the acts has been a democratic choice with decisions based on personal recommendations.

The event has grown over the past four years but the costs of performer fees and transport means it won’t get much bigger because the festival relies on grant funding.

And they’ve also been receiving a lot of interest from folk enthusiasts who have been planning their holidays around the festival dates.

The folk festival runs from Wednesday 4th to Sunday 8th April and details can be found on the festival website.