POLDARK might be drawing to a close, but new for August 2019, following on from the mighty Man Engine, the creative and artistic director of Yskynna, David Greeves is launching ‘Estah’s Story’.

A sky-high spectacle of aerial performances will tell the story of the Cornish ‘Bal maiden’ Estah and is set to take audience members on an emotionally-stirring journey through the highs and lows of the reality of mining times.

With the first wave of shows taking place at Cornwall’s 19-acre mining attraction site, Heartlands in Pool, this August, a preview and seminar will take place from The Town Hall in the ancient stannary town and gateway to the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, Tavistock, at a later date.

Estah’s Story is literally a ‘moving’ experience as the audience travel physically and emotionally with the characters from scene to scene.

Extensively researched and based on real historical figures, the performance combines metaphor, vertical dance, stunning visuals, musical score and human voice.

Estah is a Cornish Bal maiden, leading the audience into her world, her life at the tin mine and into her dreams, both realised and lost.

Previous Yskynna productions include ‘Ghost Ships’ and ‘Bligh Spirit’ at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall (NMMC), ‘If you go down to the Woods’ at Trebah Gardens, and ‘Hyreth’ at the Royal William Yard. All of which sold out very quickly so the demand for Estah’s Story’s tickets is expected to be very high.

The project takes its inspiration from music and songs that were transported by the Cornish diaspora to receiving countries and how they were developed and affected the local communities. Such songs will be performed by the community choirs that will provide the beautiful background music, led by Hilary Coleman and Claire Ingleheart.

The show will focus on a number of central themes, including empowering ourselves, inclusivity, connection, re-engaging and the importance of community.

Through exploring the effects of the Cornish diaspora, both here and across the world, the project will help people to understand how events that happened a century or two ago will still affect our lives today.

Heartlands, as a Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, has a story of its own from industrial and economic success to decline and abandonment, and now redeveloped to honour the past, this project will contribute to the development of Heartlands for the community both artistically and creatively. For example, the architecture and mining equipment will cleverly inform the practice aerial performances and rigging possibilities.

The project will be performed 20 times over a period of two weeks, with two performances per day from August 13 to August 23.

The first performance each day at 6.30pm will be aimed at families with younger children, the second performance at general audiences from 8.30pm.

Each piece will last approximately one hour and ten minutes in duration and audience numbers will be limited to around 130 to ensure the show is as intimate, engaging and enjoyable as possible.

David Greeves, artistic and creative director of Yskynna, said: “We are so excited to bring the Cornish mining story reality to the skies and throughout the Heartlands site this August and to Tavistock a little later on. Estah’s Story showcases the deeply moving reality of our Cornish ancestors, including elements such as love, tragedy, loss and poverty.

"We are sure that audiences will thoroughly enjoy and connect with all aspects of the story as they come on this journey with us. We are really proud to have some phenomenal creatives involved from a number of different disciplines; we have fantastic vertical and aerial dancers, actors, as well as abstract artists and sculptors through to very talented costume designers.

“Estah’s story would not be possible without all of our supporters and funders including the Arts Council South West, the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, AMATA, Falmouth University, FEAST, Vector Rigging, James Arscott of Rope Access, Rigging and Rescue Ltd, and of course, Heartlands, where the first wave of shows are taking place. The work of Yskynna aims to change people's perception of the spaces used for site specific performances, as we focus our engagement projects on non-traditional venues for cultural and artistic endeavour, thus providing a long-term change in perception and engagement.”

Julian German , chairman of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Partnership, said: “The often untold story is the stark reality that children, mothers and Bal maidens had to endure the daily drill of Cornish mining life and its hardships. Estah’s story beautifully depicts all of these realities including, love, loss, poverty and happiness – it fully encapsulates the highs and the lows, quite literally.”

Tickets for the show start from £6 for a child and £10 for an adult and can be purchased from Heartlands.

For more information about Yskynna’s Heartlands project visit www.yskynna.co.uk or call Heartlands on 01209 721210. It is a standing performance, so attendees can feel free to bring their own chairs should they wish to.