Following on from the success of the Man Engine in the recent National Lottery Awards, Golden Tree Productions’ colossal engineering miracle is set to rise again next Easter.
Powered by Volvo, the largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain toured the length of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site last summer, unearthing a deep lode of passion and pride. Now, the colossal miner is preparing for his Resurrection Tour across Cornwall and west Devon, before he drives further, into Somerset, South Wales and up to the north of England.
The instigator of the 11.2m high Man Engine, Will Coleman of Golden Tree Productions, said: “Our big boy is setting off in the footsteps of the Cousin Jacks, but he needs to say a proper farewell to Cornwall, and our friends just over the Tamar in Tavistock, before he blazes a trail into Somerset, Wales and across the UK.”
On Saturday 31st March 2018, The Man Engine will re-appear where he was last seen at Geevor Tin Mine in West Penwith. He then heads east to Heartlands on Easter Sunday 1st April, with a visit to Cornwall’s ancient Stannary capital, Lostwithiel, on Easter Monday 2nd April. He crosses the Tamar to Tavistock on Tuesday 3rd April before heading up country to Radstock, South Wales, Shropshire, Yorkshire and Derbyshire.
Will Coleman explained that there will be two different events at each location saying: “Our ‘Afternooner’ will give families and Big Kids the chance to really get to know their favourite giant miner as part of an industrial-scale feast of fun and frolics. The ‘Afterdarker’ promises an edgier explosive experience, including white-hot pyrotechnics - sparks will fly! Suffice to say, we are cranking up the experience that held everyone spellbound last year.”
Will also announced an affordable Earlybird Ticket scheme saying: “Last year, due to the colossal demand, we had to encourage people not to come to certain events! This year, we want people to know they can book their place at a Man Engine event and not get turned away! So, we are offering 3,000 super-cheap Earlybird Tickets at just £5 per person (adult or child) for each of the Cornish and south west England events. These will be available for five weeks only, starting from now. There’s a lot extra on offer this time around and where else can you get such an experience for just five pounds?”
Julian German, Chairman of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Partnership, who created the initial commission which led to the Man Engine said: “It’s obviously wonderful news for everyone in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, South Wales and Yorkshire that the Man Engine will be journeying to a spot near them next year. In commissioning the Man Engine in 2016, to celebrate our Tenth Anniversary of gaining World Heritage Status, the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Partnership sought a visionary project that would both reflect the ingenuity and entrepreneurialism of our ancestor’s, whilst promoting to the world the fact that we still possess these qualities today. We certainly found this in the Man Engine.”
Nick Allen, CEO of SMT GB, distributer of Volvo Construction Equipment in Great Britain says, “We are really pleased to be supporting The Man Engine once again for his Resurrection Tour in 2018 by providing the wheeled loader that powers this magnificent feat of engineering. We’ve been proud to support this project since the beginning when Volvo powered the Man Engine’s first steps back in July 2016 and we can’t wait to see him back in action next year.”
For further information and introductory ticketing arrangements, please see the Man Engine website at: http://www.themanengine.org.uk/
The Cornish Mining World Heritage Site will also be announcing news of a new programne for young people, in collaboration with Golden Tree Productions, shortly.
Below: the Man Engine on tour last year, at Liskeard, Minions and Tavistock