The Beginning of the World, 1979
The preview performance of Miracle’s first show, took place in August at Pirran Round. The play was loosely based on Origo Mundi the first part of the Ordinalia, the Cornish language medieval miracle cycle of plays, which would have been performed at the same venue 600 years previously.
Perhaps the Heavens were not pleased with our largely comic interpretation of the Book of Genesis because they opened, real lightning struck and God’s platform collapsed, causing him to fall out of heaven. The show went on and toured to twelve open-air venues around Cornwall, including the Festival of Fools in Penzance. Only two of the cast of eleven were professional actors. No one got paid. The music was live. Admission was free.