|Legend says St Kea landed here from a stone trough.
||The mission church at Old Kea.|
The discovery of the manuscript of the Miracle play about St Kea was reported on this website in 2002. Kea or Ke was known in Wales as Cai, and in Brittany is remembered as the Seneschal of King Arthur. So few of these plays have survived that the discovery was an event of European significance. Kea parish is between Glasney (Penryn) and Truro.
This curved wall is all that remains of the playing place at Playing Place.
The second part of the play is about King Arthur and is the only known ancient play about that King. Cador, Duke of Cornwall, and King Augelus of Scotland/Alban refer to a place called Kyllwyk which some people think could be Callington. Arthur calls his sword “Calesvol”. Dr Padel noted the way to woo a lady in medieval times was shown by Modred saying to the Queen (Gwenyfer) “me agys car dek myl blek moy agys ow mam” (I love you ten thousand fold more than my mother).
The play is of interest to Theologians, Historians and Linguists. It provides a useful addition to the known Cornish Vocabulary. Two books have been produced by different publishers.
PLAQUE: This plaque is between the sites of the 2 rounds. It states
In the field beside this footpath are the remains of two round enclosures. One is an iron age settlement and the other is the Plain an Gwarry or Playing Place after which this village is named. Plays celebrating the Life of St Kea would have been performed here in Medieval times.