Elaine Ruth White
Pieces of Pears
This short play was commissioned by Kresen Kernow - the Cornish Archive. I was asked to write about a Cornish entrepreneur, inventor or adventurer. I chose Andrew Pears who was born to an agricultural tenant family in St Ewe near Mevagissy. Andrew, a barber and perfumer, invented Pears soap. Although the soap is still well-known and many locals grew up using the soap, hardly any I spoke to knew the inventor was Cornish. Neither was it known how controversial soap was in the 29th century. To be continued .....