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The Tolmen Centre is at the heart of village life in Constantine, Cornwall. Many residents and friends enjoy events here; a wide and loyal audience has developed for the varied arts programme, and the Centre has built up an excellent reputation in the Cornish arts community.

Miracle, Cube, Cscape, and Pipeline theatre companies are regular visitors both to perform and to develop new work.

Look for the Café Tolmen sign. We’re usually open for meals from 6pm when there’s an event at the Centre. Please call us on 01326 341353 to pre-book your meal.

The Tolmen Centre is a not-for-profit organisation entirely run by volunteer help – no-one gets paid for their time. This creates a rather special ethos around the place – and allows us to be ambitious in what we promote and undertake.

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No more ‘numb bums’

Over the summer, we are seeing the arrival of a complete set of specially designed upholstered seat cushions for the Tolmen Centre theatre. Ever since the Centre opened as a performance place in 2002, we have been beset by the lack of comfort offered by the original wooden church pews. These are part of the ‘listed’ features of the building and can’t be physically altered – even if we wanted to.

In fact they are such an intrinsic part of the old chapel, and contribute so much to the much loved ambience of the Tolmen Centre, we would never want to replace them with modern theatre seats. So the compromise has been to commission made-to-measure upholstered foam cushions. These should make them more comfortable – or at least, much less uncomfortable! The Tolmen Centre’s days as a place of ‘numb bums’ may be over! If you have been reluctant to attend our performances because of the seats, please try the new seating – and hopefully you’ll be persuaded to come more often!

We are very grateful indeed to Cornwall Council’s Halls for Cornwall Fund for a substantial grant to cover this improvement, without which we would never have been able to afford the considerable cost: and to Perham Upholstery from Treverva who have designed and made the cushions for us. The new Autumn programme of events is just being distributed – pick one up from the Tolmen to see what’s on offer between now and Christmas.

Saturday 2nd September
 - Friday 20th October

Dougal Jeffries and Katherine Murdoch

Two medics – one retired, the other at the start of her career – are showing paintings inspired by their travels.

7:30pm
Wednesday 27th September

Their Finest

Gemma Arterton shines in a big- hearted and witty drama about the making of a second world war propaganda film.The humour is fortified by sterling work from Bill Nighy, deliciously vain as ageing star Ambrose Hilliard.

Tickets £4

Trailer
7:30pm
Saturday 7th October

The Conductor

Shostakovich, writing his life affirming 7th Symphony, flees the Leningrad siege leaving his less talented student contemporary Karl to attempt to survive starvation and loss and miraculously conduct and broadcast the symphony among the ruins. A concert-play based on the novel by Sarah Quigley.

Tickets £10, £8

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7:30pm
Wednesday 11th October

The Levelling

Hope Dickson Leach’s assured feature debut about an intimate family tragedy set on a struggling English farm.

Tickets £4

Trailer
7:30pm
Thursday 19th October

Finding Joy

Vamos Theatre

Danny, a teenage dabbler in petty crime, starts to care for Joy, whose nocturnal wanderings and forgetfulness worry her family. The show brilliantly conveys her fear on finding herself alone, in her nightie, in a busy street. It also conjures up her past, in particular during the Blitz. It’s an unconventional companionship between Joy and Danny, who find love and laughter against the odds.

“Finding Joy” is an intensely emotional and enjoyable show.

Tickets £12, £10, Family £34 (children 12+)

In association with Carn to Cove

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7:30pm
Wednesday 25th October

Hidden Figures

Behind the men who went to the Moon were three brilliant black women who never received their due recognition – until now.

“Hidden Figures captures all the grit, grace and brilliance of its three female protagonists.”

Tickets £4

Trailer
6:30pm
Friday 27th October

An Evening with Liz Fenwick

Liz describes herself as “writer, ex-pat expert, wife, mother of three, and dreamer turned doer…” Liz is the award winning author of many books set in Cornwall including ‘The Cornish House’ and ‘A Cornish Affair’.  ‘The Returning Tide’ was published in March 2017.

6.30pm for 7.30pm

Tickets £5

7:30pm
Sunday 29th October

John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe

We are delighted to welcome back legendary guitarist John Etheridge, this time accompanied by extravagantly talented singer Vimala Rowe. They will be featuring numbers from their much-lauded album, ‘Out of the Sky’, as well as other pieces. A fortuitous meeting in North London brought them together and they have developed a highly personal repertoire from an eclectic mix of music, original and traditional.

“John Etheridge has explored many genres, styles and legacies in his career, but his curiosity never dimmed, and in Vimala Rowe he has found a singer of quite astonishing versatility and adaptability”  – London Jazz News

Tickets £12.50 (no concessions)

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7:30pm
Wednesday 8th November

Transition Constantine / Demain

Awarded the “Best Documentary Cesar Award, the film ‘Demain’ is about what should, or could, be our future. Following the publication of a study showing that part of the human race could disappear by 2100, French Film-maker Cyril Dion set out to investigate in ten countries how this could still be avoided.

Tickets £4

7:30pm
Friday 10th November

Rough Island Band

Contemporary folk quartet playing original music inspired by the landscapes, people and stories of the Isles of Scilly.

You Can Call Me AlBook Onlinewww.roughislandband.com

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7:30pm
Wednesday 22nd November

The Other Side of Hope

With his previous film Le Havre, and this very sympathetic and charming new work, The Other Side of Hope, Kaurismäki has made refugees his focus.

“A deeply humane film, as well as a quietly hilarious one.”…Time Out.

Tickets £4

Trailer
7:30pm
Friday 1st December

We Are Brontë

Publick Transport

We Are Brontë is a piece of hilarious visual theatre inspired by the real and imaginary worlds of Yorkshire’s literary siblings, presented in Publick Transport’s irreverent style. Physical theatre collides with stand-up, clowning and improvisationas two performers deconstruct Gothic themes of love, madness, repression and revenge. Part play, part enquiry into the act of putting on a play, this is no ordinary Brontë adaptation.

In association with Carn to Cove

Tickets £9, £7, Family £25

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7:30pm
Wednesday 6th December

La La Land

The story of Mia, an aspiring actress, and Sebastian, a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. La La Land is a happy, sweet-natured movie – something to give you a vitamin-D boost of sunshine.

Tickets £4

Trailer
7:30pm
Thursday 7th December

Barb Jungr sings Bob Dylan

Every Grain of Sand

On the release of the Barb Jungr’s Linn Records Vinyl Celebratory collection of Every Grain of Sand, the cult classic CD released in 2002 which launched her career in the USA and later, in Australia, Jungr returns to her fabulous original arrangements live, cementing her status as “one of the best interpreters of Jacques Brel and Bob Dylan anywhere on this angst ridden planet today.” (The Village Voice USA)

In 2013 The Wall Street Journal called the album “the most significant vocal album of the twenty first century thus far.”

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