Discover This Amazing Story Of Unknown Female Surfers, Told By A Group Of Artists In Cornwall

"Still they surfed, these woollen ladies, these knitted mermaids, on anything they could find..."

This story of female defiance, surfing and the sea is one of the best things we’ve discovered in a while. An unheard story from the wide world of surfing in the UK, it’s the kind of quiet tale that we need to be more visible in modern day life.

Based in Cornwall, this series of videos has been created by the people behind Kneehigh Theatre, a theatre group making theatre for a national and international audience, that brings communities together and tells unheard stories.

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To create these videos, local poet Anna Maria Murphy and her friends have been walking in Cornwall, collecting and re-interpreting stories and memories from the people they met along the way. The stories are then  read by Dawn French and brought to life by local film makers Lizzie Black, Brett Harvey and Mae Voogd.

Their most recent video tells the story of Peranporth’s ‘Ladies Who Surf.’ Looking back to a time before wetsuits and boards, it looks at the woollen full body suits that women used to have to wear and the ways they managed to surf against all odds. Have a listen and be charmed, the second instalment is out very soon…

The full credits for the amazing people who discover, write and create these can be found here.

If you want to find out more about Kneehigh Theatre and Anna Maria Murphy, check out the site and the theatre venue ‘The Asylum’ here.


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