Gardens Open 14:00 Performance Runs 17:00-19:10

Sunday 3rd July 2022

Prideaux Place, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8RP


There are additional performances of this show at The Minack Theatre on the 21st23rd, 25th, 27th, 29th June & 1st July.


Music: David Bruce

Words: Glyn Maxwell

Based on the novel by Philip Pullman


A Minack Production in association with Tête à Tête



In a faraway land lives Lila, who doesn’t want to be just a firework-maker’s daughter, she dreams of becoming a firework-maker herself.  But to complete her apprenticeship, she must learn the most difficult and dangerous secret of all – the one that her father refuses to tell her.  So, she starts off alone on a journey harder than she could possibly imagine, a quest for hidden knowledge … an adventure through which she will learn so much more than the secret she sets out to discover.


Philip Pullman weaves a magical tale of goddesses and demons, pirates and lovesick elephants that is both enchanting and profound, a landscape that is captured perfectly in David Bruce’s vibrant music and Glyn Maxwell’s witty libretto. Commissioned by the Royal Opera House the opera premiered in 2013 and was nominated in the 2014 Olivier Awards for Best New Opera Production.


Originally commissioned by The Opera Group and ROH2

By arrangement with Red Balloon Music, publisher

Sole Agent: Bill Holab Music


You can read a programme for The Firework-Maker’s Daughter here.


Venue: Prideaux Place


Tickets will give you and your guests access to the gardens from 14:00, the performance will begin at 17:00 and there will be a 30 minute interval. The auditorium is the lawn so please bring your own rugs or seats and enjoy your own picnic or a little something from the Prideaux Place, The Terrace Menu, tearoom.


Music: David Bruce

Words: Glyn Maxwell

Based on the novel by Philip Pullman

Director: Bill Bankes-Jones

Musical Director: Patrick Bailey

Designer: Sarah Booth

Lila: Lixin Liu

Chulak: Ryan Vaughan Davies

Hamlet: Feargal Mostyn-Williams

Lalchand: William Dalzeley

Rambashi: Andrew Slater as Rambashi

Instrumentalists: Kevos

Flute: William Sleath

Clarinet: David White

French Horn: Jacqueline Kershaw

Violin: Philip Montgomery Smith

Double Bass: Zoë Curnow

Percussion: James Robinson

Percussion: Ross Hamilton

Harp: Esther Beyer

Accordion: Karen Street

The Firework-Maker’s Daughter is produced by the Minack Theatre in association with Tête à Tête.