Miracle Theatre - The Third Policeman

Written by Flann O’Brien
A Surreal Comic Adventure
Adapted by Bill Scott, Meiert Avis and Robert Bayley

This summer Cornwall’s Miracle Theatre ventures into a world somewhere between Alice in Wonderland and Father Ted, where the earth is not round but sausage-shaped; where eccentric policemen fall in love with bicycles and you can visit eternity via a rickety lift, hidden beside a lane in the heart of rural Ireland.

With its hilarious characters, streaks of dark humour and unforgettable plot twist, The Third Policeman earned its author, Flann O’Brien, a world-wide reputation as one of Ireland’s great comic geniuses.

Flann O’Brien’s scorching wit and delicious turn of phrase, combined with Miracle’s delight in physical comedy and absurdity, has to be a winning combination. Fans of this cult classic and newcomers alike should expect the unexpected!
‘Wild, fantastic, magnificently comic’   Graham Greene
‘Flann O’Brien assaults your brain with words, style, magic, madness, and unlimited invention’ Anthony Burgess
‘World Class’  Western Morning News (Waiting for Godot, 2013)

Set against the stunning backdrop of ancient rhododendrons, audiences are invited to bring a picnic, share a glass of wine and sit back to enjoy the show in the magical atmosphere of The Lost Gardens.

A selection of bakery treats, picnic items, drinks and ice creams will be available 5:30 – 7:30pm and again during the performance interval.

Free parking available on site

‘Every Miracle production is a guaranteed winner’ West Briton

Recommended age: Everyone is welcome at a Miracle show. There is an age recommendation of 8 years plus. This is a rough guide as there is nothing ‘unsuitable’ in the show - lots of younger children have been enthralled by Miracle’s past productions, people know their child’s preferences!

What happens if it’s bad weather?
Whatever the weather – rain or shine the show goes on - Come prepared!
Who goes to see a Miracle show?
There is no such thing as an average Miracle theatre go-er, venue or performance! Next to the experienced open air theatre goers with their folding chairs and full-blown picnic tables, are families down at the front on blankets chasing children hiding in bushes during the interval, and ‘twenty-something’s’ out with their friends with a ramshackle grab-and-go hamper of crisps and beer!
At what age do I need to buy a ticket for my child?
Babes in arms go free - general rule children over 5 years to have a ticket.
Are there refreshments available?
Refreshments will be available from the Heligan Kitchen.


£14 Adult
£12 Concessions (under 26 & over 65)
£8 Under 16's
£40 Family (2 adults & 2 children)

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