The 39 Steps Coming To Scilly This Weekend

39 stepsThere’s a professional theatre company in Scilly this weekend.

Cornwall-based Fourthwall Theatre has three dates on St Mary’s as part of their 10th anniversary tour.

The company regularly stage shows in out-of-the-ordinary places, which don’t have easy access to the arts.

Their director, Nic Earley, says they’ve picked a play that has won Tony awards, the highest recognition for a stage show.

But their interpretation of The 39 Steps might not be what you’d expect. It is performed as a fast-moving comedy based on Hitchcock’s 1935 film.

Nic is a regular visitor and he says coming over with a show and cast of four is wonderful.

The Fourthwall actors last visited in 2012 for their production of The Sociable Plover. Three years ago they had to bring a massive bird hide over with them.

Once again, Nic says bringing some unusual props, like ladders, fireplaces and lampposts over to the islands has presented a challenge.

The Council’s ongoing restrictions on the use of the Town Hall stage, due to health and safety concerns over the lighting array, hasn’t put Fourthwall off coming.

Nic says they’re just having to work around it, staging the play in a less traditional way with seating for around 80 people each show.

In previous years the Fourthwall productions have been well attended.

Nic says he’s grateful to both the Steamship Company and Islands’ Partnership for their help in bringing over the actors and crew, but they do need to pack out the hall to meet their costs.

He says they hope to visit Scilly with another show in 2016, and the company is debating whether to stage something serious or present another comedy, which do better in ticket sales.

There are three performances – on Friday 11th at 7.30pm and Sat 12th at 2.30pm and 7.30pm in the Town Hall.

Tickets are £9.50 and £8 for concessions and you can either buy them on the door or in advance from the TIC at Porthcressa.