Truro Festival began with a jam packed Saturday full of events and activities to pick and choose from. Instead of being involved with this particular Festival event, this time, I organised two of my friends to join me in attending this woman only occasion – ‘Salon du Chocolat’ performed by Rebecca Mordan and Sharon Andrew. The duo are talented in their ability to convey literature that captivates and entertains. I had indicated to my friends that Salon du Chocolat was performed by Scary Little Girls Theatre company.
When chocolate was first brought to England in the 1600s, it was considered a taboo substance, enjoyed only by the scandalous and elite in private salons. Some of our finest literature was also once considered too provocative for public consumption and was heard in similar salon environments by only the boldest of ears!
Scary Little Girls invited a female-only audience to join them for a stimulating and intimate evening of storytelling celebrating the relationship between salons, chocolate and forbidden literature! We heard of tales which explored female desires from authors such as Edna St Vincent Millay, Stella Duffy, John Keats and Daphne du Maurier – and of course enjoyed chocolate treats too!
I met the delightful performers at last year’s Truro Festival in our cosy yurt on Lemon Quay during howling gales. It was a fabulous evening full of laughter and decadent literature.
As this was our rare ‘girls night out’ in Truro we organised, to try the new bar and wine merchant ‘The Art of Wine’ situated in Nalders Court before heading to the show. Home to some fabulous independent fashion boutiques such as Melange, Plum and Benetton, as well as The Original Art Shop. Nalders Court leads off Pydar Street, just at the entrance to Laura Ashley.
The Art of Wine has a unique and chic interior where we could sample wines from a smart gadget dispenser called WineEmotion. The dispenser keeps the wine at a perfect temperature and we were able to sample the wine at a reasonable price per glass, small, medium or large. We managed to sample two, with guidance from the knowledgeable Roland. I preferred the fruity South African Sauvignon Blanc, Ataraxia by Kevin Grant. I ended up buying a bottle for a special occasion.
We then, raced off for the performance at 7pm on Lemon Quay. The marquee was decorated in the theme of Samuel Foote. (Truro’s long lost Truronian from the 18th century, he was the first stand-up comedian and known as the funniest man in London.) The lights were dimmed and the lectern was poised for the drama to unfold. We had exerts from ‘A Letter to my Love’ by Nicholas Stuart Gray, to ‘In Praise of Older Women’ by Frank Kaiser. During the interval we were served rich hot chocolate from Oscars Coffee Shop and Deli (from Samuel Foote’s Coffee house), as well as delicious homemade brownies with flickers of ginger.
The evening continued with highlights from ‘Mistress of the Art of Death’ by Ariana Franklin and ended on a high with ‘The Ballad of Freda and Barry’ by Victoria Wood. In a flash of the eye, the evening was over and you could tell that the audience thoroughly enjoyed it – wonderful to hear good hearty laughter from all the women.