In the summer of 1850, Wilkie Collins, hoping to make his name as a writer, commenced a walking-for -pleasure tour of Cornwall, which resulted in his book, Rambles Beyond Railways; or, Notes in Cornwall taken A-foot.
In 2013 Jak Stringer retraced his footsteps, with the aim of bringing stories from his forgotten book alive once more and creating a performance that intertwines the life of Collins with a snapshot of Victorian Cornwall.
Did the people of Looe eat their rats, the women of Saltash clean the boots of strangers, for sixpence worth of liquor, what saved the Logan Rock and why did Collins find a tavern full of babies on the Lizard?
This show combines contemporary live performance, original music and film to make an interesting, humorous and informative production.
‘Went down a storm at the Penzance Litfest’ - Penzance Literature Festival
‘Jak's videos are a wonderful resource for anyone interested in learning more about Cornwall.’ - Cornwall Today Magazine
Refreshments are available.