Get Involved in Kemeneth 17!

This is your celebration, so we want to hear from anyone who wants to be involved in Kemeneth 2017 . 

We have many varied creative workshops that you can attend in the build up the the event, as well as on the weekend itself, and afterwards.

The Ordinalia

The existence of Glasney College in Penryn, the 13th Century centre of ecclesiastical power, is widely known. Part of its legacy is the Cornish Ordinalia or Mystery Plays, believed to be written by the monks there. The Mystery Plays are based on biblical stories and were performed in the Plen-an-gwarry tradition; immersive community theatre, which would have travelled from town to town. They were last performed in Penryn three hundred years ago until Kemeneth 2016. Amongst other spectacles, hundreds of audience members watched Adam and Eve, angels and the devil, three Gods, an ark and a cast of primary school children dressed as the animals in a colourful and hugely entertaining production in the streets of the town. Kemeneth will feature the professionally produced “Ordinalia Procession” – imagine a hybrid between the Hal-an-Tow at Helston’s Flora Day and an outdoor touring theatre show.

Take a look at some of the photos from last years event

We have had the auditions, and here are some pictures:

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Kemeneth 2017 will be performed on Saturday 14 October and rehearsals will be on Wednesday evenings from 6th September.

Following the huge success of last years Kemeneth we would like to have as many members of the community involved as possible , and we still need people to help with costumes or sets.
All ages welcome. No experience necessary!

If you would like to help please email our Wardrobe Mistress and Prop Designer at

The Women of Penryn Strand

The women of Penryn have always been an important thread in developing its arts and craft, cottage industries, folklore and communities. We are developing this strand as a counterbalance for the male-dominated Ordinalia stories.

You will be working with local film maker Rachael Jones to create a film about the “Women of Penryn”. This will be a community arts and film project, whereby we tell the story of the historical women figures of Penryn of the past, present and maybe even future.

We are looking for individuals, women’s groups, schools and community groups to get involved in the research and hands on in the telling of stories and creating the film, alongside our professional team.

To express interest or for more information, please email

Textiles Strand
‘Pannweyth rag Penryn’

This strand of Kemeneth 2017 is for anyone enthusiastic about fabric or fibres. We are recruiting a group of people of all ages and experience to explore historical and contemporary textiles link to Penryn’s heritage. We would like the group to organise and present community workshops and displays of the work, leading up to, during and after Kemeneth in October.

You may want to explore historical dress or the fibres grown and milled around the town, produce a large community tapestry telling our story, design and create garments for the Ordinalia performance or create a brand new costume for Penryn to be worn during Kemeneth and at other Penryn events throughout the year!

To express interest or for more information, please email

Documentation Strand
This year’s Kemeneth is even bigger and better, with more workshops, performance and making. As part of this, we are extending our creativity into both film and photography.

We want to create films and a photography exhibition, both highlighting the community events and projects happening throughout Penryn. We are looking to work with keen and enthusiastic volunteers to photograph film and record the various events happening in the run up to and during the Kemeneth.

Beginners, amateurs and professionals are welcome, as well as people of all ages. We are looking to compile a library of images and clips to create an exhibition of community work later in the year.

To express interest, or for more information, please email

The Processional Strand
The Penryn Arts Club!

Trei – Arts Club is a series of “give it a Trei” art, craft and performance workshops aimed at 8 – 22 year olds living within the Penryn community.Trei also means 3 in Cornish!

Activities include mask-making, stilt-walking costume-making, juggling, dance, giant puppet making and photography and there are many more workshops planned for throughout the summer.

The Trei workshops work towards large scale performance events – to give our members a chance to show off our new found circus skills and creative puppets. This year we are working towards the upcoming Kemeneth Parade celebrations. You may have seen us last year with our giant puppets and sea creatures in the parade.

We meet regularly every Tuesday 5 – 7pm at Temperance Hall, Penryn, and Wednesdays at Penryn College from 11am-3pm – bring a packed lunch. There is no need to book and the vast majority of the workshops are completely free, with some workshops asking for a small contribution for materials. The workshops are designed for children, young people and their guardians. (Under 8’s need to be accompanied by an adult.)

To express interest or for more information, please email

Storytelling Strand
“Near the river of Antre..” a line of the prophesy which led to the founding of Glasney College in Penryn. This 9-month project is a collaboration of artists and creative folk, working together in a project co-ordinated by Steve Patterson, folklorist, and artist Penny Macbeth, and responding creatively to Penryn; the landscape around Penryn River, the folklore and history of the area and the Ordinalia.

This will be a 9-month project. It will incorporate a series of talks, guided walks and workshops, culminating in an exhibition next May, then an outdoor art trail/performance walk in the summer holidays 2018.

For more information, please email

Performance Strand

Kemeneth 2017 will bring together Falmouth and Penryn’s best live music and performance art with some of the biggest names in Cornwall to celebrate the quality and diversity of our creative arts tradition. Vibing off last years success, this year promises to take this vibrant event to the next level – hosting fantastic acts in the streets and on the stage throughout the day in the Town Centre, then on into the night at The Famous Barrel public house in Penryn. Expect toe-tapping folk music, electric youth rock ensembles, soulful singer-songwriters, rambunctious gypsy bands,  buskers galore and much more!

For more information email

Does your school or community group want to take part?

We are looking to be able to provide workshops and encourage your school or community group to be involved in the event. Get in touch and we’ll have a chat about how you can get involved in workshops and performances.

Fancy lending a hand?

You may be a seasoned community loving volunteer, someone looking for work experience, or just want to get involved in something new – we’re looking for stewards, helpers and more.

Do you have an interesting idea for a stall?

We’re looking for stallholders to come to us with proposals – we have a ‘Heritage Market’ and a ‘Trading Market’. It will be a great chance to sell food, art, craft and more on what is expected to be a very busy day. You’ll get to meet, chat and laugh with people from Penryn and beyond. Please get in touch if you would like to have a stall at the event.

Are you a local business?

We will have a variety of sponsorship opportunities that will help us in giving the local community a fantastic day together, while giving you benefits that will help you. Please get in touch for more information.


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