Mythological Incident Room


Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June 2013, with presentation 6 – 8pm on the 2nd June at CAZ Basement, The Exchange, Penzance TR18 2NL.

Yoke and Zoom and their guest Mike O’Connor, storyteller, musician, bard of Gorseth Kernow and winner of the Henwood Medal of the Royal Institute of Cornwall produced an evening of story telling, music, academic discussion and performative re-interpretation of the ancient Cornish myth of ‘Nancy Trewier’. Alongside the telling of the tale the artists presented an incident room installation detailing evidence exploring the myths veracity. This project was produced as an extension of Yoke and Zooms interest in myth and magic and particularly their work with four leaf clovers. Yoke and Zoom have found, grown, picked, pressed and distributed four-leaf clovers internationally since 1999.

This project has opened up a conversation between artists, wise women, experts on Cornish myth and legend and local people using the tale of ‘Nancy Trewier’ as an entry point for the discussions.

Mike O’Connor OBE and bard of the Gorseth of Cornwall. In 2009 he was awarded the Henwood medal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall for leading researcher on Cornish instrumental music. He also writes for journals and popular magazines on subjects relating to folklore. Mike has worked as a musician since the 1970s and as a story teller since the 1990s. He has worked for English Heritage and the Forestry Commission and has made many recordings and radio broadcasts.

Gorseth Kernow exists to maintain the national Celtic spirit of Cornwall, to promote the study of Cornish literature, art, music and history, and the Cornish language itself. To maintain and nurture links with other Celtic cultures and to provide a forum and encouragement to all who work to further these project was curated by Rebecca Weeks on behalf of CAZ,Penzance.