Special performance brings to life a true character in the history of a unique National Trust home.

PUBLISHED: 16:30 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:08 10 June 2010

THE grounds of 16-sided National Trust curio A La Ronde will provide the perfect backdrop to a unique outdoor performance telling the tale of a unique individual.

THE grounds of 16-sided National Trust curio A La Ronde will provide the perfect backdrop to a unique outdoor performance telling the tale of a unique individual.

Historians Simon Persighetti and Phil Smith will create a special one-off walk/performance about A La Ronde's sole male owner in its 200 year history, the Reverend Oswald Reichel. The unique house was built by spinster cousins Mary and Jane Parminter and houses much of their worldwide art collection.

Mr Smith, who created a walk based on the origins of the famous National Trust property in Summer Lane, says he was surprised by the depth of the Rev Reichel's character.

"We did not realise what we were taking on when we chose him as the subject of our walk," he said. "Given the remarkable creativity, character and beliefs of the Parminter cousins, Mary and Jane, Reichel tends to get pushed into the shadows. We assumed he would turn out to be a fusty Victorian cleric, intruding on a female domain."

Reichel's career as a writer, his influence upon the church, and the drama of his private life will be woven into the performance.

The walk, entitled 'A Man About the House', will take place at 10am, 11.30am, 2.30pm and 4pm on Sunday the June 15.

Tickets cost £4 for adults and £2 for children, available on (01395) 265514.


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