Bill Scott and Cookie

November 2017’s Ambassador of the Month: Bill Scott

We are over the moon to welcome Bill Scott as our November Ambassador of the Month! Bill founded Miracle Theatre Company in 1979 and has been the Artistic Director ever since. He has written, adapted and directed most of the companies productions, and is also a filmmaker and avid bee keeper. In 2016 Bill was awarded a BEM (British Empire Medal) in recognition of his services to the arts in Cornwall. We caught up with him in between getting ready for Miracle’s Christmas show to find out what floats his cultural boat… read on for tips, favourite places and insider knowledge!

1. Name / name of business / whereabouts in Cornwall are you based?

Bill Scott/Miracle Theatre/Krowji

2. What have you done to promote Cornwall’s heritage and culture?

I formed Miracle Theatre 37 years ago to produce a version of the Ordinalia (Cornwall medieval Miracle plays) and have been touring shows to small scale venues, indoors and out, ever since. Also I have made 2 feature films about Cornwall, Dressing Granite [2007] and Tin [2015] and several short films, four of which were in the Cornish language Kernewek.

3. What has been your most useful Cornwall 365 experience or tool?

Cornwall 365 What’s On is a really informative, nicely designed, comprehensive magazine, leafing through a copy is a treat in the age of online listings.

4. Best experience you’ve experienced (in Cornwall)

Too many. Yesterday it was Sunday lunch and a walk at Gurnards Head; in the distant past, stumbling across a Footsbarn show in a tent at the Lizard and realizing that theatre could be fun and mind-blowing.

The iconic Gurnard’s Head

5. The family taken care of. The business is taken care of. What is your perfect day & evening in Cornwall?

A barbecue at Church Cove or playing with my bees.

6. You have free tickets to the performance of your choice. Who would you take with you (living or dead)?

Keri my wife and any other family members who I could drag along.

7. Most unusual performance space you have been to?

I love the Minack, of course. That’s pretty unusual by normal theatre-going standards. But Miracle has performed in plenty of fields and other spaces that don’t immediately suggest themselves as performing arts venues.

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Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

8. Best live music venue in Cornwall

Eden Project takes a lot of beating.

9. Your favourite walk?

To St Enodoc Church.

10. Best place in Cornwall to get food?

Our local is the Trengilly Wartha. We’d have to go a long way to beat that.

11. Name one, really different excursion

Whippet racing at the Lizard football field, on Thursday during the summer. There’s at least one race that any old mutt can enter. Bets are limited to 10p and your losses go to charity.

12. What’s your 2nd best kept secret about Cornwall?

Not telling. But there’s a little stretch of the coast path if you walk from St Keverne to Coverack that is a surprise: none of your ‘iconic’ cliffs, sandy beaches or tropical gardens; just farm fields sloping right down to the water’s edge.

13. If not Cornwall, where?

We used to take the ferry from Plymouth to Roscoff as a jumping off point for travels around Europe. Then we discovered that if you turn right outside the ferry port, instead of following the GB number plates south, you can head along the coast of Finesterre and discover dozens of spectacular, largely empty beaches plus the many delights of French and Breton culture.

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Following a sell-out run of ‘Cinderella’ last year, Miracle is back at Falmouth’s Princess Pavilion to breathe new life into the second most famous Christmas story in the world – Charles Dickens heart-warming masterpiece ‘A Christmas Carol.’ Jam-packed with unforgettable characters, laughter, music and the latest digital trickery, Miracle will propel you on a spellbinding journey through the events of Scrooge’s life as he is forced to confront his past, present and future!
14 – 31 December, Princess Pavilion, Falmouth
Book tickets for Bah Humbug here.
Creative Kernow, based at Krowji, is the umbrella organisation for the following nine projects. Together we support the production, promotion and distribution of work by creative practitioners in Cornwall because we believe in creativity's transformative power and want more people to benefit from it.
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