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  • The Red Vial – Wilkie Collins

    The first publication of Wilkie Collins’s script for the Olympic production of the thrilling three-act drama, The Red Vial. A complete, annotated transcript of the play, a scholarly introduction and contemporary illustrations and reviews.

  • National Minority by Alan M. Kent Book Cover

    It is 1901 – the dawn of the twentieth century. In the library of a remote country house in Cornwall the noted antiquarian and Celtic revivalist Edward Cardew is about to make a remarkable discovery.

  • England Arise book cover
    With a preface by Cyril Pearce

    The story of the Socialist Conscientious Objectors of the First World War  – and the women who supported them.

  • Bewnans Peran Play

    Bewnans Peran [The Life of St Piran] celebrates the life and deeds of the patron saint of Cornwall, Saint Piran.

  • Wilkie Collins, The Lighthouse book cover
    With an introduction by Andrew Gasson and Caroline Radcliffe
    Foreword by P.D.James

    This is the first printed, English edition of The Lighthouse. The volume transcribes the version licensed for the Olympic Theatre in 1857 which includes the ‘Prologue’ and the ‘Song of the Wreck’ contributed by Dickens.

  • Charles Causley Theatre Works Book Cover

    This collection of plays sheds new light on Charles Causley’ literary work and reveals him to be a fine playwright with an important place in British theatrical history.

  • Four Modern Cornish Plays

    Alfred Wallis and the artistic community of St Ives, the iconic events of the 1497 Cornish Rebellion; ‘cow tipping’ in Cornwall during the First World War; and D. M. Thomas’s life of the Cornish rugby legend, Bert Solomon – this new anthology, varying in style and subject matter, offers professional and amateur performers and directors, as well as the general reader, an exciting range of plays with a distinctive Cornish flavour.

  • A Mere Interlude by Alan M. Kent -

    Alan M Kent’s new play, A Mere Interlude, is adapted from the short story by Thomas Hardy. Set in Cornwall and on the Isles of Scilly in the last years of the nineteenth century, it tells the tale of Baptista Trewethen, a school teacher with ‘modern’ ideas, betrothed to Davy Heddegan, an older and prosperous friend of the family.

  • Surfing Tommies Book Cover
    with a preface by Julian Putkowski, co-author of Shot at Dawn

    Surfing Tommies follows three men on their journey from North Wheal Leisure tin mine to the horrors of the trenches in the First World War.

  • The Tin Violin by Alan M. Kent

    A play based on the remarkable life and adventures of Josh Emidy, a slave from the Guinea coast who became an accomplished musician, composer and respected teacher of the violin in Cornwall.

  • Ordinalia, The Cornish Mystery Play Cycle

    The medieval Cornish-language cycle of mystery plays – The Beginning of the World, The Passion and The Resurrection – translated in their entirety into English by Alan M. Kent.

  • Oogly Es Sin Book Cover

    Alan M. Kent’s play explores the life of the seventeenth-century ‘Cornish Giant’, Anthony Payne, in a series of hilarious and touching reminiscences.

  • Navitas Christi The Nativity

    Alan M. Kent has written a new Nativity play with all the flavour of the medieval Celtic masterpiece but with a distinctive contemporary Cornish voice. In this book we find the characters of the familiar Nativity story, along side Cornish sailors and tinners and Joseph of Arimathea and his legendary journey with Christ to Cornwall.