Mundic Nation

The Coastguard


Fri 28 Feb




90 mins (inc interval)


£13.50 Full / £11.50 Concessions

Barbican Theatre are committed to supporting local talent and are thrilled to be bringing Cornish theatre company Mundic Nation’s new production The Coastguard to our intimate stage this month. The Coastguard is a one-man show starring Poldark’s John Macneill (he played Jacka Hoblyn in three series of the hit BBC show) Written for John by his wife, renowned writer for screen and stage Marie Macneill  who hails from lovely St Just in Cornwall.

This show is about love, family ties, loneliness, and having the courage to take steps to make that much-needed change in your life.

It covers issues like redundancy, erosion of community, the importance of eggs for breakfast, over-development, and robotic nuisance calls – but with beautiful, lyrical writing, a couple of songs, as well as a laugh or two.

Mundic Nation is a writer-led production company based in Cornwall, led by John and Marie Macneill. As well as co-producing Hell Fire Corner by DM Thomas at Hall for Cornwall, the company has made two short films for festival exhibition, and one which was nominated for a Celtic Media Festival Award in 2019. Mundic Nation seeks to connect with audiences who may not normally have access to live theatre, as a result of financial, social, or mobility issues.

Mundic Nation’s performance at Barbican Theatre is supported by Barbican Theatre’s Thrive Emerging Artist programme, funded by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Find out more about Thrive here



“The Coastguard is a poignant and beautifully observed piece of drama. John Macneill skilfully commands the stage and draws us into his isolated and precarious life, as pressures from his family and the world beyond bear down on him. A story of our times”

Fin Irwin, intoBodmin

“A powerful, fascinating war-cry of a play”

Audience member

“Rich and real and heart-breaking”

Audience member

“Beautifully written and acted”

Audience member


Seating is usually pre-allocated for performances (if it isn't it will say so on the booking page). Audiences are advised to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the show to allow for time to take their seats before the performance begins. If you require disabled/accessible seating, please call us on 01752 267131 to discuss your requirements.

Barbican Theatre

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Castle Street

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01752 267131 (Mon - Fri 11am - 3pm)


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