Past Projects

Tide and Timetide and time full

Tide and Time is a collaboration between Newquay Heritage Museum and Archive and Blystra Arts, and also involved Newquay Art8 Festival, Newquay Community Orchard, Newquay Old Cornwall Society, Lowender Perran Festival, Bounce Dance Academy, Newquay Fish Festival, Newquay Gorseth Celebration 2018, Community Music in Cornwall and the St Piran’s Day committee as well as two local primary schools – Trenance Learning Academy and Cubert School.

The project focused on Newquay’s seafaring heritage, exploring the relationship between the town’s land, sea and people. Using guided heritage walks, an original play, and storytelling, visual art, theatre, music and dance workshops. Blystra Arts worked with school children and young people to create both pieces of visual art and performance.

Each performance piece created was linked together to create a 40-minute storytelling play, which was presented at Lowender Perran Festival, Treviglas Community College as part of Newquay Art8 and as part of the 2018 Gorseth Festival which took place in Newquay at Hotel Bristol.

Also the artwork created and photographs taken during the workshops, as well as documents, artefacts and stories collected during the project, were made in to an exhibition of work which was being displayed at Newquay Heritage Museum and Archive and will also visit Newquay Art8, Newquay Fish Festival, and the schools who are involved in the project. This art exhibition will allow even more people – a younger demographic and their families – the chance to experience the heritage explored during the project.

The seafaring heritage of the town was at the heart of the project with an initial guided walk by expert volunteers from Newquay Old Cornwall Society, taking in the Huer’s Hut, the old lifeboat house, the fish cellars and Newquay harbour. The initial session was the basis for the rest of the project and was also the starting point for the writing of the play. The play will include many aspects of Newquay’s heritage in the 20th Century – its vibrant pilchard Industry, the big ships using the harbour, WW1 and the Newquay lifeboat disaster of 1917 (2017 was the 100 year anniversary of this event). The play spans from 1855 to 1945 and used the town’s main seafaring developments as the backdrop to a personal story of the life of a resident who lived in the town during this period.

Shakespeare in the Shed

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In 2016 Blystra Arts brought you: Shakespeare in the Shed (SiaS), a short immersive experience in a shed, celebrating the wonderful work of William Shakespeare. To coincide with the anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, 400 years ago in April, SiaS is a festival installation piece, using sound, lighting, theatre and art to explore some of Shakespeare’s most iconic speeches, his legacy and death. This 15-minute immersive piece looks to break down the barriers to both Shakespeare and conventional theatre by setting the performance in a common garden shed, which then transforms into an atmospheric space once inside.

Shakespeare in a Shed is ideal for festival audiences and is designed to be at the centre of a festival, accessible to people who might not have come across an installation piece before and may not have seen much Shakespeare performed. The shed was created in Newquay and launched at the 2016 Newquay Art8 festival on the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. (23rd April 2016), and then hopes to tour to other festivals in the future.