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Past Events

  • Thursday 25th May 2017



    Theatre Ad Infinitum

    One actor. One hour. One man’s epic quest to reunite with his family and seek his bloody revenge. Odyssey follows the Greek warrior Odysseus in his relentless attempt to get home so he can see his wife and son again before he dies. Passionate, highly physical and poignant storytelling brings this breathtaking adventure to life. A journey that will ignite the imagination and awaken the senses.

    “The Best of the Fringe .”….. Observer
    “Theatre Ad Infinitum have moved to the front of the pack.”…..The Guardian.
    “This tour de force of physical theatre is unmissable… a stunning piece of physicalised storytelling.”…..The Stage

    Tickets £10

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  • Friday 19th May 2017

    Medical Maelstrom


    The return of the fabulous Medical Maelstrom with their hilarious evening of musical comedy. A unique act that will leave you with a smile on your face and aching with laughter.

    In aid of the Cornwall Samaritans

    Tickets £17.50 to include substantial nibbles

  • Friday 21st April 2017

    Wyl Menmuir


    Constantine Book Club Plus

    Wyl Menmuir is a novelist and editor based in Cornwall. His bestselling debut novel ‘The Many’ was long-listed for the 2016 Man Booker Prize. Wyl writes and edits for a range of national magazines, journals and blogs and is the 2017 writer in residence at Falmouth University.

    Light refreshments and wine available from 6.30

    Tickets £5

  • Sunday 2nd April 2017

    Rackhouse Pilfer


    Rackhouse Pilfer are a fiery and exciting 6-piece band, and have been getting rave reviews with their roots blend of Irish Americana.  They have been selling out shows and wowing festival crowds all over the UK, Ireland, the EU, and Nashville USA – where they recorded their album ‘Love and Havoc’. Don’t miss out on this incredible live act!

    Love and Havoc is an excellent, almost flawless album with a set of fantastic songs, great singing and outstanding musicianship”  – Maverick

    Tickets £11 £10 (concessions)

  • Wednesday 29th March 2017 to Thursday 30th March 2017

    Bucket List


    Theatre Ad Infinitum

    After their fantastic shows Translunar Paradise and Ballad of the Burning Star, we are delighted to welcome back Theatre Ad Infinitum with Bucket List, winner of Edinburgh Spirit of the Fringe Award 2016. When her mother is murdered for protesting corporate and governmental corruption, Milagros finds herself with only a bloodstained list of those responsible. Determined to make them pay, she embarks on a passionate quest for justice, no matter the cost.

    A story about love, loss and revenge, told with physical storytelling, live instrumental music and song.

    Tickets £12

    In association with Carn to Cove

  • Saturday 11th March 2017

    Clive Carroll


    1000 Years of Music

    An inspirational evening of medieval lute music, Spanish guitar classics, Delta blues & hints of Chet Atkins and Django Reinhardt through to the Beatles, all played by the world-class guitarist.

    “Stunning!” – MOJO

    “…total mastery of just about every guitar technique imaginable” – Guitar Techniques

    “…probably the best and most original young guitar player and composer in Great Britain.” – Acoustic Guitar Magazine (USA)

    Tickets £11/£10/£5(children)

    Guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll’s masterful compositions, coupled with his versatility and unparalleled technical virtuosity, have rendered him one of today’s most admired and respected guitarists.

    Essex born guitarist Clive Carroll made his musical debut at age two as a banjo-strumming cowboy singing nursery rhymes. Clive went on to earn a 1st Class Honours Degree in Composition and Guitar from the famed Trinity College of Music in London, all the while balancing his classical work with forays into the world of the steel string guitar. A chance meeting with the late John Renbourn changed the course of Clive’s musical career and the two toured the U.K. and North America together, with Renbourn encouraging Clive to release his first solo album in 2000.

    Since then Clive has gone from strength to strength, touring solo around the world and alongside lauded guitarist Tommy Emmanuel. Clive has also composed music for major films and has been awarded an array of awards and accolades, such as inclusion in Total Guitar Magazine’s “Top 10 Acoustic Guitarists of All Time”. Clive newest CD, “The Furthest Tree”, was released in May 2016 and is already being hailed as some of his finest work to date.  See

    Clive Carroll has a vast musical palette and a sweeping creative vision…Equally at home playing fingerstyle or wielding a flatpick, Carroll creates music that defies categorization…It’s not easy to artfully mix altered tunings, renaissance and classical harmony, Delta blues, odd-meter riffage, body percussion and even jazz manouche, but Carroll makes it sound natural and effortless” – Guitar Player

  • Sunday 5th March 2017

    Infinity Pool


    Nominated for a Total Theatre Award, Infinity Pool is the latest play from the local writer of And Then Come The Nightjars,  Bea Roberts

    STOP PRESS: This show is in the Top 5 “Editors Theatre Picks” in the Saturday Guardian of 25th February

    Emails unopened, cup-a-soup undrunk, a secret in the stock room; Emma Barnicott’s life is leaking as she pines for a world beyond her trading estate office.When she meets a man online who wants to talk to her about more than boilers and two port valves Emma must decide if the chance of a joyous love is worth trading for an imperfect life – or will there always be dead woodlice in the infinity pool? An outstanding performance by Bea Roberts, author of And Then come the Nightjars.

    “Utterly unique and exceptional in every way, it’s a heart-breaking story of a stunted life, told with theatrical verve and palpable compassion”
    ★★★★★ The Stage

    “Rare and extraordinary: exceptional storytelling that is full of theatrical spirit.”
    ★★★★★ The List

    “Completely different and deliciously quirky… this original show proved painfully funny and oddly moving.”
    ★★★★ The Guardian

    “Roberts is an intensely funny writer…a writer to watch”
    ★★★★ The Telegraph

    “What at first seems to be a rather small, modest play turns out to be not only a tender, finely observed portrait of male friendship, but also a stirring requiem for the vanishing dignity of rural England.”
    ★★★★ The Evening Standard

    Tickets £10, £8

  • Saturday 25th February 2017

    Police Cops


    We’ve just heard that ‘THE PRETEND MEN’ have been involved in a serious traffic accident in London.   Several of the company have sustained injuries and as a result they have had to CANCEL Saturday’s performance of Police Cops at The Tolmen Centre.

    Obviously Cafe Tolmen will also not be operating as there is no show.

    If you have purchased tickets Online, you will receive a full refund from the Booking Agency

    We will try to contact all the others who have reserved tickets by phone (unfortunately there are many of them) to let them know.

    The Company are enormously sorry about this, they were looking forward to bringing the show to Cornwall, and we are planning to re-schedule the show for a date to be fixed in the summer.

    We extend our sympathies to all The Pretend Men, wish them speedy recovery.

    We are tremendously sorry for the inconvenience caused, but the circumstances are completely beyond our control.

  • Thursday 9th February 2017

    Ralph McTell & Wizz Jones


    In 1966 Wizz Jones brought his friend Ralph McTell down to Cornwall busk and to play at  the Folk Cottage.  Nearly half a century later, now both legends in the folk/blues world, they finally got together to record their first album, appropriately called ‘About Time’, and gathering 5-star reviews in the press.  This is a rare and truly unmissable chance to hear these two master performers together, back in Cornwall, singing and playing a wide range of tunes and songs.  Book now!

    Tickets £17.50 (no concessions)

  • Saturday 28th January 2017

    A View from the Edge


    ‘Owdyado Theatre

    Following rehearsals at the Tolmen Centre we present a Preview showing of this exciting new production to launch the nationwide tour.

    With sharp wit, quick pace and a heavy dose of noir style, the story is told of private eye Charlie Daniels, hired by seductive Elise Hillerman to find her missing husband. Meanwhile writers Charlotte and Daniel struggle to write a script for their new show. A mindbending journey through the world of dreams, imagination and ‘real life’.

    Tickets £8

  • Thursday 19th January 2017

    Graffiti Classics


    16 strings, 8 dancing feet and 4 voices with one aim: to make classical music wickedly funny and fantastically exhilarating for everyone, young and old. Graffiti Classics burst the elitist boundaries of the traditional string quartet with their hilarious all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy show. It’s a classical concert, a gypsy-folk romp, an opera, a stand-up comedy set and a brilliant dance show all rolled into one! From Beethoven to Bluegrass, Baroque to Pop, Mozart or Offenbach to Elvis, Strauss to Saturday Night Fever, there really is something for everyone and Graffiti Classics never fail to get audiences laughing, clapping and singing along. Kids and adults alike love the uplifting and virtuosic variety of musical styles, all tied together with cheeky audience interaction.

    Tickets £11/£10 (concessions) £5(children 16 and under)

  • Thursday 1st December 2016

    The Changing Room


    Tanya Brittain and Sam Kelly created The Changing Room just over two years ago, and have never looked back since. The band won all three categories of the 2015 International Pan Celtic Song Contest: Best Original Song (for Tanya’s shanty-style composition Row Boys Row), Best Traditional Song in a Celtic Language (for their rendition of Delyow Sevi which is on their new album), and Overall Winner.

    Sam and Tanya are the two constant members of The Changing Room, and the door is left open for the line-up of other musicians to change and evolve. The band’s five-piece touring line-up includes Jamie Francis on banjo, Evan Carson on percussion and Morrigan Palmer Brown on harp. They are now touring with their second album, Picking up the Pieces.


  • Friday 25th November 2016

    Here I Belong


    Pentabus Theatre

    Elsie has lived in the same village all her life.This funny and moving new play shows key moments in Elsie’s life and the life of the village. A sensitive, charming and honest portrayal about changing village life and the right to grow old in your own home.

    Tickets £10, £8

    In association with Carn to Cove

  • Sunday 6th November 2016

    Will Kaufman’s Woody Guthrie Show


    Hard Times and Hard Travelin’

    The world’s leading expert on Woody Guthrie…as good an interpreter of Woody’s music as you’ll find. Woody Guthrie: Hard Times and Hard Travelin’ sets Guthrie’s songs in the context of the American 1930s – the Dust Bowl, the Depression, the New Deal and the state of popular music itself.

    Such hard-hitting songs as “Vigilante Man”, “Pretty Boy Floyd” and “I Ain’t Got No Home” are brought into conversation with other relevant songs – from Joe Hill’s “The Preacher and the Slave” to “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”. Altogether the show highlights the blending of music and radical politics that marks Guthrie’s most powerful work.


  • Friday 4th November 2016



    Join us for a lively and humorous evening with nationally-acclaimed writer Nina Stibbe, author of the fantastically funny and extremely successful Love, Nina which was recently televised for the BBC. In addition to this her massively acclaimed novel Man at the Helm was shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Praise for Comic Fiction.  Her latest novel Paradise Lodge is the sharp, humorous and touching sequel to Man at the Helm

    Tickets £5.00


  • Wednesday 19th October 2016

    Pipeline Theatre: Spillikin


    Sally has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Her husband, Raymond, is dying. But Raymond is thinking ahead. Already an obsessive archivist, he is also a leading Robotics specialist.Their long marriage has had its ups and downs, but now he can make a better version of himself, to look after Sally after he’s gone. Will she accept it?

    Another chance to see Jon Welch’s marvellous play Spillikin, newly recast, as it previews before a major tour.

    Tickets £8

  • Thursday 13th October 2016

    And Then Come the Nightjars


    Theatre 503 and Bristol Old Vic

    “You hardly ever see ʻem, only hear them.They fly silent. Itʼs bad luck is Nightjars…”

    South Devon, 2001. Local dairy vet Jeff and curmudgeonly farmer Michael are old friends, united by their love of the Devonshire countryside and Jeff’s prize collection of cows. But when the Foot and Mouth pandemic strikes the countryside their friendship – and the resilience of the whole community – is tested to its limits. Bea Roberts’ award-winning play is a touching story of male friendship and a requiem for rural England.

    Tickets £10, £8

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  • Thursday 6th October 2016

    Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me)


    Lost Dog

    The story of the beginning of everything inspired by Milton’s Paradise Lost – told through words and music.

    A show for anyone who has ever created anything (a child, a garden, a paper aeroplane) then had to watch that wonderful thing spiral out of control.

    “an enchanting, very funny show, swooping from the epic to the vulnerable.” The Independent

    Tickets £10, £8

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  • Friday 23rd September 2016

    Budapest Cafe Orchestra


    Evoking vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros Budapest café life and gypsy campfires – with a few surprises along the way, the Budapest Café Orchestra play traditional folk and gypsy flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia.

    Tickets £10, £8
    In association with Carn to Cove

  • Saturday 17th September 2016

    What I Learned from Johnny Bevan


    Luke Wright

    We have a particularly strong offer of theatre in this autumn’s programme,  amongst our best ever.   The sequence starts with this astonishingly powerful solo poetical show by Luke Wright.

    We booked it on a strong recommendation from two of our most loyal theatre customers who saw it performed at the (sold out) Soho Theatre in London and were blown away by it.   Then we heard an epic extract (‘To London then…’) which was broadcast on Radio 4 in the spring and this confirmed that this show was something special.

    In our view it’s worth the ticket price just to hear that single blistering poetical commentary on banking and capitalism in London. But the whole show has received plaudits wherever it has been seen – we are hearing of a whole audience at Port Eliot rising to acclaim Luke’s performance there in July – and many more besides, from audience members and critics alike.

    This show promises to maintain the Tolmen tradition of top class, cutting edge theatre and we totally recommend it (though with its fierce message and uncompromising delivery it’s by no means a show for children).

    Anyone who has an interest in theatre, poetry, writing, storytelling – or who remembers their adolescence – should grab  the chance to see this show.

    Tickets £10, £8

    We can think of no better way of illustrating why this  show is not to be missed  than by simply reproducing a long list of plaudits and critical responses, which show the powerful effect this poetical tour-de-force has produced.  These are copied below, and worth a read.

    WINNER Fringe First Award for new writing
    WINNER The Stage Award for acting excellence
    WINNER Best Spoken Word Show Saboteur Awards 2016
    WINNER Best Show Laugharne Weekend 2016
    WINNER Dark Chat Awards for Best Entertainment 2015
    NOMINATED Off West End TBC Award
    Sold Out run at The Soho Theatre, Spring 2016

    “Pulsating piece of poetic storytelling” ★★★★ Lyn Gardner, Guardian

    “Blistering … a story of our times … a strikingly assured performance of a compelling piece of writing.” ★★★★ Scotsman

    “This is such a rich piece of writing… resonant and timely.” ★★★★★ Exeunt

    Reviews from London run/ tour Spring 2016:

    ‘Luke Wright’s What I Learned from Johnny Bevan is terrific’ Lyn Gardner, Guardian

    ‘Luke Wright gave a capacity audience at Norwich Arts Centre a show of unmatched passion, power and poignancy in the outstanding performance of the 2016 N&N Festival. ‘What I Learned From Johnny Bevan’ is fast paced, articulate, heartwarming and perfect in execution.’ Norwich Spy

    ‘He used poetry that spat, and a face that seemed to age with the despair of the characters in his story.’★★★★★ Brighton Argus

    ‘Wright has a proper power over the English language, a storyteller worth listening to, and I look forward to hearing more’ Tim Auld (for Daily Telegraph)

    ‘an impassioned, spellbinding performance infused with humour, humanity and wit’ ★★★★ The Reviews Hub

    ‘a brilliant show, with a charming performance from Wright’ A Younger Theatre

    ‘Really does convey the power of performance poetry, and focused political satire‘ Write Out Loud

    ‘Wright performs with relentless vigour, his poetry pops and fizzes. a singularly powerful piece’ ★★★★ Everything Theatre

    ‘An astonishing, thought-provoking and original tour-de-force’ ★★★★★ London Theatre

    ‘poet Luke Wright is a singular tour de force: (his) language is precise and evocative and What I Learned From Johnny Bevan is politically charged and practically flawless’ The Play’s The Thing

    ‘A rollercoaster ride of political poetry & sensational storytelling. Is he the new Berkoff?’ Terri Paddock (founder, What’s On Stage)

    ‘dramatic, humorous, and political’ This Week In London

    ‘something rather special, Luke Wright’s performance (10/10) was stunning’ ★★★★★Virtual Festivals (from Kendal gig)

    Reviews from Edinburgh Fringe 2015:

    “Pulsating, neatly handled piece of poetic storytelling … the breakneck storytelling is clear and gives Wright’s seething, dynamic poetry the room it needs to motor.” ★★★★ Lyn Gardner, GUARDIAN

    “a strikingly assured performance of a compelling piece of writing.” ★★★★ SCOTSMAN

    “This is such a rich piece of writing. There’s so much in it. It’s resonant and timely and it tells a story compellingly. And the story tells is kind of flooring, raw … It says so much about idealism and youth and maturity and compromise – and love – and the places life can take you, the incremental sneaky way that years have, of passing.” ★★★★★ EXEUNT

    Performed in verse that bounds and soars effortlessly … Taking in issues of class, privilege and the death of Labour, What I Learned from Johnny Bevan is a compelling and relatable exploration of growing up and facing hard truths.” ★★★★★ THE SKINNY

    “Luke is like a male Kate Tempest, but perhaps more sharply incisive and piercing. The venue is far too small. Get this guy a gig at Usher Hall!” ★★★★★ SCOTSGAY

    “A densely-packed and deftly-woven banner for young Britain’s political reawakening, What I Learned from Johnny Bevan is what I come to the Fringe for: writing that not only captures you in the theatre but also stays with you for days afterwards.” ★★★★★ BROADWAY BABY

    “Wright’s full-throated reverie is spellbinding” ★★★★ DAILY RECORD

    “Anyone familiar with Wright’s work will recognise his deft hand in showing the complexities of male relationships …  a political and personal coming-of-age narrative that, while rarely breaking out of a set rhythm and rhyme scheme, still manages to evoke the chaotic passion of awakening.” ★★★★ TIMEOUT Critic’s Choice

    “An impassioned, elegant performance, full of humour, sadness and political fury.” ★★★★ LIST

    “I see a show like this that makes me think theatre can’t get any better, so why should I bother going to see anything else? … This is a simple story that is powerfully written and mesmerisingly performed – I cannot recommend it highly enough.” ★★★★★ EDINBURGH 49

    “Powerful, poetic coming-of-age story that focuses on the relationship between politics and class. Wright’s stirring eloquence and resonant delivery heighten the drama and clarify the emotional impact.” ★★★★ THE STAGE

    What I Learned From Johnny Bevan is a fantastic debut from a rare poetic talent. At times it feels like a Ken Loach film put to verse. It is a strong and personal story told by an original and absorbing performer.” ★★★★ TV BOMB

    “This is a completely engaging performance which is delivered with an energy both raw and crisp. Wright really commands the space … The tension and experience created by this one man is admirable.” ★★★★★ TODOLIST

    “Sometimes funny and sometimes heartbreaking, What I Learned From Johnny Bevan is beautifully plotted and completely engaging, reminding us that politics affects everything.” ★★★★ A YOUNGER THEATRE

    “Sure to spark at least one mid-life crisis.” ★★★★ THREEWEEKS

    “An oratory masterpiece & a time-capsule” ★★★★ THE MUMBLE

    “A story of shattered friendship, class ceilings, and the hollow reality of the New Labour dream.

    At university the whip-smart, mercurial Johnny Bevan saves Nick, smashing his comfortable, middle class bubble and firing him up about politics, music and literature. Twenty years later, as their youthful dreams disintegrate with the social justice they hoped for, can Nick save Johnny from himself?

    Written & performed by Luke Wright
    Directed by Joe Murphy
    Produced by Paul Jellis
    Music by Ian Catskilkin
    Illustrations by Sam Ratcliffe
    Lighting by Tom Clutterbuck
    Co-commissioned by Norwich Arts Centre and Writers’ Centre Norwich.


  • Saturday 3rd September 2016

    Ten Strings And A Goatskin


    Hailed on two continents as” infectious” and “the best of contemporary/traditional Celtic music” Ten Strings And A Goat Skin is a bilingual trad/folk/fusion trio, playing Irish, Acadian, French and original creations infused with modern and world rhythms. The band creates a fiery, contagious and unique sound which leaves audiences wanting more.



  • Friday 29th July 2016

    BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions


    Broadcast live from the Tolmen Centre.

    It’s your chance to ask a question and influence debate on the popular Radio Four programme. Free entry. Pre-booking essential.

  • Tuesday 26th July 2016 to Wednesday 27th July 2016



    Pipeline Theatre Company Previews

    An RAF drone pilot visits his rural childhood home for his sister’s wedding. Holed up in an old tree-house and beset by visions of the carnage that he has caused, he becomes aware of something impossible – his body discarding its human form…

    ‘Swivelhead’ viscerally explores the ethical and personal consequences of a new age of warfare.

    Tickets £8, £7 (age 16+)

  • Saturday 16th July 2016

    Flats & Sharps


    Flats & Sharps blur the lines between Bluegrass, Folk and Country, and have gained recognition for performing their own highly original songs as well as their renditions of Bluegrass classics.

    “…effortlessly entertaining …sublime five part harmonies …the pace of their performance is breathtaking – I recommend seeing Flats and Sharps at the earliest opportunity.” Mark Ellen Radio 2 magazine.

    Tickets £11, £10

  • Thursday 30th June 2016

    Trevithick starring Kernow King


    “Sometimes I imagine myself to be my statue down Camborne, gazing out over those roundabouts…. watching the cars, lorries and motorbikes bombing along.

    The ingenuity in all that machinery going on… .. the pistons, the pumps, the fumes, the exhausts, the fuel…. it’s all so easy now.”

    Kernow King tells the story of one of Cornwall’s greatest sons Richard Trevithick.

    Tickets £10, £8, Children £6

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  • Saturday 11th June 2016

    Ben Rawlence


    Ben Rawlence talks about his internationally best selling book City of Thorns. Recently book of the week on Radio Four, it interweaves the stories of nine people living in the refugee camp Dadaab.

    To the charity workers, Dadaab refugee camp is a humanitarian crisis; to the Kenyan government, it is a ‘nursery for terrorists’ but to its half a million residents, it is their last resort. City of Thorns is an urgent human story with deep international repercussions, brought to life through the stories of people who call Dadaab home.

    Los Angeles Times “Magisterial”
    The Sunday Times “Masterful”
    Observer “Outstanding”
    The Guardian “Remarkable… brilliant…Timely, compelling and disturbing.”

    In aid of the WindleTrust which supports secondary education in the camp.

    Tickets £7

  • Saturday 21st May 2016

    Chris Wood


    We are thrilled to welcome back Chris Wood, touring his new album.  Chris gave a superb performance at his last appearance with us, and we expect the same combination of original songs – both biting and tender – superb guitar work, and his uniquely engaging, and at times challenging, stage presence.

    Tickets £11/£10

  • Saturday 14th May 2016

    The Gods are Fallen and All Safety Gone


    Greyscale Theatre Company

    An investigation into what happens when we discover that our parents are awed human beings, and that at some point they are suddenly going to disappear from our lives. This was one of the most intriguing and fascinating plays we saw at Edinburgh this year, beautifully performed.

    “It’s a very pure form of theatre- intimate, pared down and emotionally true.” The Stage

    Tickets £10, £9

  • Saturday 7th May 2016



    “Welcome to the world of prog folk… Moulettes are among the current leading practitioners of the sub-genre.  They are like a cross between Pentangle and the Kronos Quartet by way of Kate Bush and early Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett” – Reuters.

    Sounds intriguing?  Book early to avoid disappointment as this band is wildly popular on the festival circuit and we expect high demand for tickets.

    Tickets £11/£10/£5 (children)

  • Friday 22nd April 2016

    Will Coleman


    Constantine Book Group Plus

    Will Colman film maker, author and musician explains how and why the tradition of Plen an Gwari (The playing places of Cornwall) flourished and died, and how we can locate our local sites. Light refreshments and bar available from 6.30pm.

    Tickets £5

  • Sunday 27th March 2016

    Rob Heron and The Tea Pad Orchestra


    The band play their own brand of Western Swing, Blues, Gypsy Jazz and Country, or “North Eastern Swing” as they’ve coined it. Influenced by early 20th century American music, with the addition of “razor-sharp” solos, great arrangements and original songs; their music harks back to a golden age whilst staying perfectly modern.

    The songs are penned by Rob Heron, a crazy fool for country music and a full time dandy-cowboy. His songs are full of character, satire, and good old fashion hollerin’! With thousands of touring miles under their belts, they have earned themselves a strong fan base in the UK, Europe and beyond.

    Their debut album, ‘Money Isn’t Everything’, caused a sensation when it was released in 2012, winning a host of rave reviews – many of them 5-star. Their follow up album, “Talk About The Weather” in 2014 also received great radio play and reviews.Throughout 2015 the band have continued to show their passion for touring and playing live with multiple SELL OUT shows across the UK and beyond. Most recently the band played a spectacular performance at the legendary Glastonbury Festival. With plenty more incredible shows lined up for the rest of the year, Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra are best experienced live!

    Tickets £11/£10

    Directed by Sam Campbell and produced by Nick Hayes. This video was filmed on one of the oldest railways in the world, Tanfield Railway, built in 1725.

  • Sunday 20th March 2016




    presents ZONK FM

    Is anybody there?

    Zonk FM is a poignant new comedy featuring well-known Miracle performers Sally Crooks, Keri Jessiman, Steve Jacobs and making his Miracle debut, Jake Tindle

    This roller coaster of a show explores other people’s reality with fast paced physical humour, tenderness and disco lights!

    Recommend for 12 years +

    £12 – £10 (over 65 & under 26) & £8 (under 16)

    ABOUT THE WRITER, ANGUS BROWN: Angus has performed in several Miracle productions including the title roles Hamlet & Quasimodo and most recently Vladimir in Waiting for Godot.

    ZONK FM is his first play.

    ABOUT THE DIRECTOR, TOM ADAMS: Tom first worked with Miracle in 2002 as a dresser on Twelfth Night. He then went on to perform in five productions including The Case of The Frightened Lady and he was the musical director and composer for both Frankenstein! and The Magnificent Three.

    ZONK FM is his directing debut.

  • Friday 11th March 2016 to Saturday 12th March 2016

    How long will I love you


    A new amateur production written by local poet Kerry Vincent and performed by an enthusiastic all-village group of players. Described as ‘a sort of nativity play for adults’.

    Tickets £5 available from Kerry on 01326 340297, village shops, or from the Tolmen Centre Box Office.

    All proceeds will be donated to the Village Defibrillator Fund.

  • Wednesday 2nd March 2016

    Martin Bell


    “The man in the white suit” and “accidental MP”, Martin Bell, will be giving a fascinating insight into his career as a distinguished war reporter for the BBC, covering hotspots around the world including Vietnam, Lebanon, Northern Ireland and more recently the Balkans. He resigned from the BBC to stand as an independent MP from 1997 to 2001.

    6.30 for 7.30
    Buffet Supper now Sold Out

    Tickets for the talk are still available for £12 from the Tolmen Centre Box Office

    Proceeds in aid of SSAFA – The Armed Forces’ Charity.

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  • Saturday 20th February 2016

    Gabby Young Duo


    A pared-down version of her 8-piece band Gabby Young and Other Animals, the duo consists of Gabby Young and guitarist Stephen Ellis, who present their unique blend of jazz, burlesque, gypsy folk and swing. Gabby says “we call it circus jazz, but you have to come and see us to know what that means”. Gabby’s quirky and colourful couture is as daring and different as her music.

    They have a collection of memorable songs written between them, and Stephen produced the two highly rated albums The Band Called Out for More and One Foot in Front of the Other.

    The Duo has toured the Middle East. Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA. They have recently supported top international French stars Bridget and Zaz, and the girl band Katzenjammer from Norway. Now working together on their third album, they are engaged to be married in Spring 2016.

    “Elements of music hall, opera, big band jazz and foot-stomping folk are all poured in to the mix with Gabby’s incredible vocal gymnastics holding it all together” (The Sun)

    “Words cannot describe the plethora of varying sensations Gabby bestowed upon her salivating audience. Gabby Young must be seen live and in full technicolour.” (Kentishtowner)

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    Tickets £11/£10

  • Tuesday 2nd February 2016

    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra


    Resonate Strings

    Five gifted musicians, each representing one of the five string sections of the BSO. This engaging concert reflects a wonderful diversity from Vivaldi to Brahms, Mozart to Puccini and Handel to Scott Joplin.

    This will be the third visit of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra to the Tolmen Centre.  The previous two produced performances of wonderful quality, first their Brass Section and last year the Wind Ensemble.   To have the String Serenade (BSO Resonate Strings) is a perfect  way to celebrate a ‘hat-trick’ of visits, and promises an unmissable prospect of top class musicianship

    It is worth noting that the BSO themselves wished to return to the Tolmen Centre as a venue of choice – they love our performance space, our enthusiastic audience, and are appreciative of the way we welcome performers.

    The planned programme is set out below, but there may be additions or changes – the BSO love to surprise their audiences!

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    In association with Carn to Cove

    Tickets £10, £8
    Accompanied children are free, to give an opportunity for the youngsters to see this fine group of musicians ‘live and in the flesh’ with a readily accessible mixed programme.

  • Thursday 28th January 2016



    In the late seventies a sociopathic sixteen year old finds herself shunted into her final foster home. Her widowed foster mother has a hint of a foreign accent and a box full of secrets. As youth plays cat and mouse with age, two parallel sets of revelations collide with devastating consequences.

    A preview performance of Jon Welch’s rivetting play as it kicks off a nationwide tour.

    Tickets £8, £7

  • Saturday 16th January 2016

    Worklight Theatre: Labels


    ‘When I was five years old, my Dad was told our surname might be stopping him from getting a job. So we changed it. It worked.’ This intimate new show draws on experiences of mixed heritage and racism. Amid the cacophony of statistics and soundbites that surround the immigration debate, Labels offers an honest, human story about multicultural Britain.

    “Powerful, important and funny”
    Emma Thompson

    “Terrific and really thoughtful”
    Lyn Gardner

    Worklight Theatre’s award winning show Labels draws on writer and performer Joe Sellman-Leava’s experiences of mixed heritage to explore the broader issues of racism, immigration and displacement. During Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015, it won a Scotsman Fringe First Award for outstanding new writing and the Holden Street Theatre Award (enabling a transfer to Adelaide in 2016). It was also shortlisted for the Amnesty International’s Freedom of Expression Award.

    Labels was inspired by a racism and equality workshop, led by Oscar-winning writer, actor and activist Emma Thompson, at Exeter University, 2009. The rise of far right parties both in Britain and across Europe compelled Joe to re-develop Labels for Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015. It premiered in the wake of an ongoing humanitarian crisis in Europe, and fierce debates around migration and refugees.  Emma Thompson, who has spoken out against the UK’s response to the current crisis, commented on a new draft of the script earlier this year: “What a terrific piece. I love it. Simple, powerful, important and funny.”

    Joe uses his family’s stories about migration and mixed heritage to open a wider discussion about the way we talk about, think about and treat our fellow human beings. The play’s examination of Europe’s ongoing refugee crisis has sadly become more resonant in recent months. Worklight hope that by touring the show in Australia and the UK over the coming months, more people will be engaged in conversation about how the words we use affect the decisions we make about one another.

    Cast and Creators:
    Writer and performer: Joe Sellman-Leava
    Director and dramaturg: Katharina Reinthaller
    Producers: Michael Woodman and Joe Sellman-Leava
    Costume & stage design: Charlotte Anderson
    Lighting and sound design: Phil Hewitt
    Photography: Benjamin Borley and Anna Bruce

    Worklight Theatre online:
    Twitter: @worklight_uk  (#Labels)

    Tickets £10/£8

  • Saturday 12th December 2015

    Christmas Ceilidh


    With winter  warmer CHILLI

    Live Music from Jonah’s Lift

    Open for all: Tickets on sale £10 at the school reception or email


  • Friday 27th November 2015 to Saturday 28th November 2015

    The Candidate


    Tolmen Theatre Company

    Jon Welch’s new play for our own Tolmen Theatre Company.The arrival of a foreign family and a contentious by-election throws a small community into confusion. ‘Leave your political sensibilities at the door but bring your laughing trousers.’

  • Wednesday 25th November 2015



    Lynched are a four-piece folk group from Dublin who combine four-part vocal harmonies, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar.

    Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, dance tunes, and their own original material.

    Tickets £11, £10


  • Friday 30th October 2015

    Will Hodgkinson


    Constantine Book Group Plus

    An evening with Will Hodgkinson, rock and pop music critic for the Times. His latest book ‘The House is full of Yogis’ describes the effect on his teenage self and family of his father’s conversion to BramaKumaris in 1983.

    Light refreshments and wine available from 6.30.

    Tickets £5

  • Saturday 24th October 2015

    Gren Bartley Band


    Immensely talented singer, songwriter and guitarist, Gren Bartley with three accompanying musicians on strings and percussion. His new album ‘Magnificent Creatures’ was released in May 2015 and received rave reviews. He blends both British and American folk influences and his beautiful finger-picking guitar technique has been much praised, while his songwriting “is continually outstanding in the best poetic lyrical tradition.”

    Tickets £11, £10

  • Sunday 11th October 2015

    Modou N’Diaye Cissokho & the Golden Kora Band


    Celebrated Senegalers composer and praise singer Modou N’Diaye  with the Golden Kora Band plays his own personal blend of Afro Mandingue music.

    In association with Carn to Cove

    Tickets £8, £6 Family £22

  • Saturday 3rd October 2015

    Dick Tracy


    Le Navet Bete

    Newsflash! There’s been a series of high profile crimes right across the city- but fear not…the police chief’s put his best man on the job – Dick Tracy.

    Rooted in the ridiculous, Dick Tracy is a physical comedy incorporating fooling, original live music, plenty of audience interaction, lightning quick character changes and incredibly authentic accents, spattered with myster y, malice and mischief.

    Tickets £10, £8, Children £5, Family £24

  • Thursday 1st October 2015



    Cscape Dance Company

    Inspired by the tapestries of Grayson Perry. Taste takes an often hilarious journey through identity, fashion, gardens, household nick nacks, wine tasting, holidays, instant coffee vs the cafetiere, Thatcher, Kate Middleton and the welfare state. A dance show with a difference that’s as refreshing as a nice cup of tea!

    Tickets £8, £6

  • Friday 25th September 2015

    The Busquitos


    A quartet of madcap musical Dutchmen, the Busquitos’ music is rooted in trad jazz but may include rock’n’roll, pop and classical tunes. They describe themselves as a “jazzy jivin’ funky funny fiddle super saxy mental mobile great guitar singin’ swingin’ buskin’band”. This event will be downstairs and as the band always aims for some audience participation it promises to be a lively night.

    Tickets £11, £10

  • Friday 10th July 2015 to Sunday 12th July 2015



    Pipeline Theatre

    Sally has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Her husband, Raymond, is dying. But Raymond is thinking ahead. Already an obsessive archivist, he is also a leading Robotics specialist. Their long marriage has had its ups and downs, but now he can make a better version of himself, to look after Sally after he’s gone.Will she accept it?

    A chance to preview Pipeline’s much anticipated new work.

  • Saturday 4th July 2015

    Carrivick Sisters


    Twin sisters Laura and Charlotte Carrivick are widely known throughout the UK folk scene. Their years of experience performing all over the UK and abroad have gained them a strong reputation for engaging live performances, multi-instrumental dexterity (fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar and dobro), tight sibling harmonies and finely crafted original songs. They have a unique sound incorporating their musical background of American bluegrass and old-time but also being influenced by English folk lore, having grown up in South Devon.

    “Comparisons to Alison Krauss & Union Station would not be out of place, for they are that good, swapping lead vocals and playing Dobro, mandolin and the rest like hardened veterans, but it’s the English folk influences they bring to their music that give them a unique sound.” R2 Magazine (Rock ‘N’ Reel) 4 **** review

    “Formidable multi-instrumental skills and songwriting, maturing at such a steep curve they’ll soon be orbiting far beyond anyone else” Q Magazine 4 **** review

  • Sunday 21st June 2015

    Every Brilliant Thing


    Pentabus Theatre

    This remarkable feelgood play written by Duncan Macmillan, presented ‘in the round’ by the brilliant comedic actor Jonny Donahoe,  swept everything aside at Edinburgh 2014 and has followed that with runs in London,  just recently sixteen (yes sixteen!)   weeks   Off Broadway in New York, and last month  success at the Brighton Festival.  It has been tremendously well received by audiences and critics alike.

    We booked it at once having seen it last summer, and we are delighted to have the only performance in  Cornwall on this UK nationwide  tour.

    It’s a play that cannot fail to move you to tears but  then have you burst out laughing.   As Lyn Gardner described it “one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see about depression .. and possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see full stop.”   It redefines the word life-affirming.

    On the surface, it’s the  simple telling of a story of how a young boy deals with his mother’s depression, trying to help by writing a list of all the ‘brilliant things’ he can think of to cheer her up.  But the story develops – involving and absorbing the audience – into the boy’s life story:  by the time he has grown into manhood, he discovers that the continuously evolving list has become his own personal blueprint for a healthy life.

    Donahoe is a warm and personable performer — so warm and personable, he doesn’t even seem to be performing as much as taking the audience into his confidence.

    Not only is his emotionally damaged character willing to share his precepts for a happy life with his audience,  the audience become collaborators  in his story.

    This is a play you should not miss, literally ‘one of a kind’

    Tickets £10, £8, Children £5

  • Sunday 7th June 2015

    Tea Ladies on Tour



    A second major earthquake has struck Nepal. Our teams on the ground are establishing the impact on already damaged buildings. It’s a terrifying time for the hundreds of thousands of children and families who lost everything in the 25 April quake. Many are injured, homeless and struggling to find basics like clean water: they desperately need your support. – See more at:


  • Tuesday 19th May 2015

    Bella Hardy


    With The Dawn Tour 2015 – supported by Routes South West, Bristol Music Centre and Arts Council England.

    Bella Hardy, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Singer of the Year 2014, tours her eagerly anticipated new album ‘With The Dawn’; a heartfelt collection of self-composed songs which tell a story of travel, of choices, of lessons unlearned, and also of hope. One of the most creative, prolific and original singers in the UK, her captivating voice inhabits her music and spins her narratives with an equal balance of strength and sensitivity.

    The ‘With The Dawn’ Band complement Bella’s breath-taking vocals and narrative fiddle with a powerful and evocative mix of banjo, piano, electronics and drums. With roots firmly within the folk tradition, songs written straight from the heart, and bold steps into a new world of sound and expression, this is a performance not to be missed.

    “…unveiled, committed, uncontrived, persuasive, passionate, empowering, and utterly wonderful” – Colin Irwin, fRoots


  • Friday 15th May 2015

    64 Squares


    Rhum and Clay Theatre Company

    On board a decadent cruise liner in 1939, the world’s greatest chess champion is challenged to a match by a mysterious newcomer called… B. As B begins to play, it becomes clear that the game is not the only thing he’s at risk of losing. Because B is not just one person, but four. And they each have their own version of the story they want to tell.

    Based on a story by stefan Zweig, with a live jazz percussive score and their signature blend of ramshackle and cinematic performance, Rhum and Clay Theatre Company tell
    a story of madness, identity and finding a home in 64 black and white squares.

    Tickets £10, £8 Children £5

  • Saturday 25th April 2015

    Don Quixote


    Little Soldier Theatre Company

    Inspired by Don Quixote’s wanderings, two feisty señoritas and a downtrodden Englishman embark on a journey through Spain. Accompanied only by an otherworldly virtuoso guitarist whose presence there makes no sense whatsoever, they will lead you to joy, pain and ulti- mate wisdom.

    Little Soldier presents a hilariously inventive adventure of immense proportions, to be taken with a pinch of salt and a handlebar moustache.

    Tickets £10, £8, Children £5

  • Thursday 23rd April 2015



    Bournemouth Symphony Wind Ensemble will perform Dvorak’s Serenade for Wind instruments conducted by Maxime Tortelier. They will also be joined by young wind players from Cornwall, who will perform alongside the BSO

    Two wind ensembles from the county – Sax is our Business and Flautistas will also be performing in the concert.

    Tickets £10/£8, Children Free

  • Friday 10th April 2015

    Victoria Glendinning


    Constantine Book Group Plus present
    Victoria Glendinning

    Acclaimed biographer, critic and broadcaster talks about Anthony Trollope who was one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. Some of his best-loved works, collectively known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, revolve around the imaginary county of Barsetshire.

    He also wrote many other perceptive novels on political, social, and gender issues.

    Light refreshments and wine available from 6.30 Tickets £5

  • Saturday 4th April 2015

    Stefan Grossman


    Known to many an aspiring guitarist for his tutorial books, CDs and DVDs, Stefan Grossman began his own studies aged 15 at the feet of bluesman Rev.Gary Davis. Since then he has played with many of the biggest names in business, and has never stopped learning, teaching, recording and performing all over the world. This is a rare chance to catch one of the world’s greatest acoustic blues, fingerpicking and ragtime guitarists. Don’t miss it!

    Tickets £11

  • Friday 20th March 2015

    Crazy Glue


    Single Shoe Theatre Company
    in association with Carn to Cove

    They have a car in the garage, a chicken in the pot and a child on the way. But is that enough to make true love stick? Crazy Glue follows the comedic roller coaster of a couple’s romance as they move from the blossoming of first love through to the thornier terrainof married life.

    The captivating cast of two blend vocal sound effects, quirky humour and an evocative 1930’s soundtrack to reveal the crazy, sticky, messy side of marriage. A show guaranteed to enchant all ages.

    Fringe Review  *****

     “Just like Charlie Chaplin all over again. Fantastic” said one of my fellow audience members at the end of this show. Crazy Glue has echoes of a silent film; all the elements of the story are there for you to see. Happy people smile, surprise is shown with big wide eyes, sexual desire with a lolling tongue and a goofy grin. Charlie Chaplin isn’t quite the right reference though – too saccharine – the physical dexterity, split second timing and slapstick violence are more reminiscent of Buster Keaton or the Keystone Cops.

    Performers Filipa Tomas and Bradley Wayne Smith working as Single Shoe Productions devised Crazy Glue from Etgar Keret’s short story of the same name. They have used clowning, mime and dance to lift the story from the page and in doing so have succeeded in creating a theatrical experience accessible to a universal audience, irrespective of their nationality. The theme is as old as the hills so easy to follow whatever your background and language.

    The duo are very talented and deliver two highly polished performances as a cocktail bar waitress (Tomas) who catches the eye of one of her customers (Smith). After a whirlwind romance they settle down to a life of knitting, the sports pages, longed-for parenthood and apple pie. Just as the sugary sweetness of the piece begins to irritate the tone abruptly changes and what then emerges is a character driven tale of how to people who are crazy in love (and hate) cope, and don’t cope, with the crap hand life deals them.

    Assembly Roxy downstairs studio is a perfect space for the piece as an audience on raked seating view a box like stage which serves well as a movie screen. Singe Shoe have kept it simple so that three orange cubes act as table and chairs and the rest of the tiny apartment is imagined. Dressed like cartoon figures (Tomas with a homage to Olive Oyl) the actors start out (deliberately) as cardboard cut-out star struck lovers but like Romeo and Juliet get much more interesting and rounded as tragedy strikes.

    Tickets £10, £8, Children £5

  • Saturday 14th March 2015

    Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker


    ‘Extremely Compelling’ – The Independent

    ‘Gorgeous’ – The Daily Telegraph

    ‘Becoming one of the hottest tickets in folk’ – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 folk show

    ‘Seeps almost imperceptibly into your psyche’ – fRoots

    ‘The green shoots growing from the very top of the English folk family tree’ – PRS Magazine

    Double BBC Folk Award nominees Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker infuse ageless stories of love and loss with their exquisite command of many instruments. Whether interpreting words centuries old or singing her own authentic lyrics, Josienne’s jewel-like voice finds the nuance in the simplest phrase and sends it, effortlessly, straight to your heart. Ben’s musical tact and flair for arrangement provide the perfect setting, allowing the song centre-stage.

    Josienne was born in Sussex and Ben, in Evesham. It was after studying in London, and utterly by chance, that they met in July 2009. Together they have resolutely forged their own path through traditional music.

    Critical recognition soon followed, along with the Isambard Folk Award, and the FATEA Awards for Best Album and Female Vocalist of the Year, and the Spiral Award for Best Duo, as well as coveted BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominations for Best Newcomers and Best Duo. The live performance is a thing of delight – enchanted reviewers have spoken of shimmering cathedrals of sound – and its purity will stay with you long after the last note fades.

    Their first major album together ‐ Fire and Fortune ‐ confirmed their place among the very best musicians of their generation and reached No. 1 on the UK Amazon folk chart.

    Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker’s next album Nothing Can Bring Back the Hour is one of the most anticipated releases of the year and is due for release autumn 2015.

    Tickets £11

  • Saturday 28th February 2015




    Leveret features three of England’s finest musicians in an exciting new collaboration. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as masters of their instrument and are involved in numerous collaborations with a huge range of artists. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity.

    Andy Cutting is a unique player of the melodeon, known for his work with Martin Simpson, Blowzabella, Chris Wood, June Tabor, Kate Rusby, and many more. Sam Sweeney, the fiddle player in Bellowhead, is also in demand as a multi-instrumentalist, working with Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings, The Full English, Fay Hield and the Hurricane Party, and his own project Made in the Great War. Rob Harbron has reinvented the English concertina and is known for his work with The Full English, Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings, Fay Hield, Emma Reid and the English Acoustic Collective.

    Leveret’s music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but is fresh and new, with original settings of ancient tunes sitting alongside new compositions by some of today’s finest tunesmiths. Sophisticated and honest, considered and spontaneous, there is nothing else that sounds quite like this trio.

    ‘Sublime, exquisite music – don’t miss them’

    Martin Simpson

    Tickets £11

  • Thursday 26th February 2015

    After the Accident


    cube theatre

    A child’s life is snuffed out by a joy-rider.
    Four years on, the parents and the joy-rider meet.
    A powerful award-winning drama, After the Accident combines highly-charged storytelling with thought-provoking themes in exploring the workings of Restorative Justice; a process which tries to repair the damage done by crime. Highly current, the drama unpicks the web of emotional devastation that the families face with clarity and force. Despite its challenging subject matter the play draws you in quickly, and through its wonderfully pared down script and recognisable characters, uncovers layer after layer with courage and compassion

    Tickets £8, £6 13+

  • Friday 13th February 2015

    Near Gone


    Two Destination Language

    Two performers have a difficult story to tell.They come on stage and launch themselves into an hour long attempt to put into words the utterly unspeakable. Delivered in English and Bulgarian, with pounding gypsy-inspired music, this beautiful performance fills an empty space with two performers, hundreds of fresh flowers and a storm of emotion.

    Near Gone won a 2014 Total Theatre Award at the Edinburgh Festival for Innovation, Experimentation and Playing With Form, and received numerous four and five star reviews.  The company are Artists in Residence at Salisbury Playhouse.

    We saw this show in Edinburgh last summer and were entranced by it.   The combination of two completely watchable actors, two languages, a mesmerising telling of the story  (which several times explodes into a frenetic dance), the littering of the stage with hundreds of flowers, the whole show  grips you completely.  The images and effect remain with you long after the performance ends.  Apparently simple, but full of complexity, this is a piece of theatre which deserves its accolades.  Don’t miss this single performance in Cornwall on a nationwide tour.

    “This is a difficult story to tell, performer Katherina Radeva warns us in Bulgarian through her translator and fellow performer, Alister Lownie, at the start of Near Gone.  She is not wrong.   Intimately exploring the themes of grief, loss and potential loss, the subject matter of Near Gone is not easy to talk about. However, Radeva and Lownie’s emotional story is told with great beauty, sensitivity and humour, creating art that is truly affecting, memorable and life-affirming”.

    and Lyn Gardner said in The Guardian ‘Essential Theatre Picks’

    “a winning heartfelt intensity…. a boon to the flower trade and to audiences too with its passionate, dance-filled look at the gulfs we cannot bridge”.

    Alister and Katherina will host a short post-show discussion of some of the questions raised by the show.

    Tickets £10, £8 Children £5

  • Friday 16th January 2015

    Steve Knightley


    The songwriting force behind the phenomenally successful acoustic duo (now trio) Show of Hands, Steve continues his solo ‘Grow your own’ tour of village venues with this appearance at the Tolmen Centre. He is renowned for his strong, trademark narrative songs which reflect the escapades, hopes and fears not only of people in his native West Country but of those beyond, and he pulls no punches when writing highly literate songs about bigger, global issues. Worth the ticket price just to hear the Cornish anthem ‘Cousin Jack’ performed by the Devonian who composed it, but expect an intense and engaging evening with a great musician.

    Tickets £16

  • Wednesday 10th December 2014 to Thursday 11th December 2014

    Miracle Theatre: Dr Livingstone I Presume


    Both a hurrah to courage and endurance and a swipe at the great 19th century ideals, Miracle serves up this curious slice of history in its own inimitable style – and with a huge nod to Victorian Music Hall.

    Mixing caustic comedy, seedy songs and second-rate dubious magic, dodgy ventriloquism and spectacle and breath-taking burlesque, the show will genuinely appeal to adults and children 7+.

    Tickets £12, £10, Children under 16: £8, Family Group: £35

  • Saturday 6th December 2014

    A Crafty Affair at Christmas


    Showcasing local Arts, Crafts and Designer Makers.
    Come and join us for some Christmas fun and buy local.
    We will also have Santa’s Grotto, Raffle Prize Draw and Cafe serving festive treats on the day.
    Closing date for applications is Friday 14th November.
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  • Friday 5th December 2014

    Medical Maelstrom


    …a tincture of song and laughter dispensed by three Cornish doctors

    “The beautiful voice of Michele Sharkey combined with the hilarious antics of Sam Freegard, all held together by the perfect accompaniment of Anthony Seddon made it an evening to remember”…

    “Entertainment at its very best’’…     “I really don’t remember laughing so much before”

    …“A concert worthy of the West End stage”     “…the supremely talented members of Medical Maelstrom”

    Michele Sharkey was born in Lanarkshire and began vocal training after completing her medical studies at the University of Glasgow. Her main interest is opera, and major roles range from the consumptive Mimi (La Bohème) to the dagger wielding Queen of the Night (Magic Flute) with Angelica (Suor Angelica), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Frasquita (Carmen), Olympia (Tales of Hoffman), Anna (Merry Widow), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) and Adele (Die Fledermaus) in between. Her favourite gigs, however, are with Maelstrom.

    Sam Freegard’s enjoyment of being silly on stage developed whilst studying medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. After moving to Cornwall in 1982, for many years he acted with the West Cornwall Theatre Group at the Minack theatre, including the title role in Macbeth, Leontes in The Winter’s Tale and Randle P McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Sam sincerely hopes that his appearance with Michele and Anthony does not spoil what might otherwise have been an evening of high class entertainment…..

    Anthony Seddon was a boy chorister at King’s College Cambridge, then a music scholar at Clifton College Bristol and then a choral scholar at Magdalen College Oxford where he studied medicine. In the Swinging Sixties (!) he was a member of a close harmony pop group which made several records and TV appearances. He came to Cornwall in 1973 and for several years he sang in Truro Cathedral choir. He was musical director for Duchy Opera’s productions of Café Puccini and La Cenerentola and he has performed extensively as an accompanist.


    Tickets £10 

  • Friday 21st November 2014

    Jim Causley and Lucas Drinkwater


    ‘The Poetry of Charles Causley’

    Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jim Causley is singer/accordionist who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native Devon. Previous incarnations include The Devil’s Interval and Mawkin:Causley and he has recorded with the likes of Waterson:Carthy, Show of Hands, John McCusker and David Rotheray of Beautiful South fame. In recent years, projects have included touring with Steve Knightley and Kate Rusby.

    Jim has recorded an album of the poems of his distant relative to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of this celebrated Cornish poet. Jim has set to music a diverse selection of Causley’s poems to give the audience a taster of the poet’s great body of work. The album ‘Cyprus Well’ was recorded live in Causley’s house in Launceston, Cornwall and many of the tracks feature Causley’s own piano. Jim aims to bring wider attention to Causley’s poems and raise awareness of the Charles Causley Trust and their mission to preserve Causley’s house as a writers’ retreat. Jim will be joined on stage by talented guitarist Lukas Drinkwater.

    He is renowned for his warm and jovial stage presence and his rich singing voice has been likened to the fruitiest of ciders!

    Male Singer of The Year – Spiral Earth Awards 2014

    Top 10 Folk Albums of 2013 – The Telegraph

    Jim Causley and his fellow folk musicians bring it to life with real zest, his deep baritone voice soaring as he sings. **** 4 stars The Telegraph

    Tickets £11, £10

  • Thursday 6th November 2014 to Saturday 8th November 2014

    Pipeline Theatre: Streaming


    Falling from a world of virtual wealth, Rosa (15) and her father land in a cheap flat with a reclusive new neighbour – a webcam girl. Blending unforgettable characters, moments of macabre puppetry and a translucent set, Streaming is a funny, moving and and disturbing rites-of-passage story for the modern age.

    Tickets £8, £6 Children Age Guide16+ 

  • Friday 31st October 2014

    Philip Marsden


    Constantine Literary Group present Philip Marsden 

    The award-winning author of a number of works of travel, fiction and non-fiction, including The Bronski House, and The Levelling Sea, will talk about his latest book Rising Ground. an exploration of the mythology and topology of Cornwall.

    Light refreshments and wine available from 6.30

    Tickets £5

  • Sunday 26th October 2014

    Workshop with Lady Maisery


    Suitable for singers of all ages and abilities, and will offer the chance to sing in harmony and to learn about the mysterious art of ‘diddling’.

    Tickets £10 (£5 for children): Advanced booking is advised.

  • Saturday 25th October 2014

    Lady Maisery


    Forged from the voices of Hannah James, Hazel Askew and Rowan Rheingans, Lady Maisery explores vocal harmony to breathtaking effect, through their fresh interpretations of songs and ballads.

    The trio burst onto the scene with the release of the debut album, Weave and Spin in summer 2011, which received much critical acclaim and was declared an ‘Album of the Week’ by The Independent. Their live performances during the festival season created a real buzz and they were nominated for the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 and for Best Debut at the 2012 Spiral Awards.

    Lady Maisery breaks new ground as one of the first UK groups to explore the tradition of diddling or tune singing, which has nearly died out in England, but is still prevalent in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe. Whether singing unaccompanied, or with backing from their combined instrumental talents on accordion, harp, banjo and fiddle, be prepared to be enchanted by rich harmonies and sumptuous clashes.

    “…they get the biggest ovation of the festival and loud requests for encores from a crowd that won’t take no for an answer.” eFestivals (reviews of Shrewsbury Folk Fesitval 2013)

    “Tremendously captivating, spellbinding singers; expert musicians.” fROOTS

    “Lady Maisery are women with ideas, purpose and urgency. They’ve packed these into Mayday and created a powerful, enthralling work.” Songlines

    “Mayday sees the triumvirate of talent negotiate uncharted waters with ease – singing remains the main ingredient but Hazel’s harp, Hannah’s accordion and Rowan’s fiddle and banjo are taken to new heights of skill and applied with passion to this strikingly beautiful collection” Spiral Earth

    “The multi-skilled Lady Maisery; just three of them but they sound like an orchestra.” Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3

    NOT ONLY WILL LADY MAISERY BE PERFORMING ON THE SATURDAY NIGHT BUT ON SUNDAY MORNING FROM 11.00-12.30 THEY WILL BE RUNNING A SINGING WORKSHOP DOWNSTAIRS AT THE TOLMEN CENTRE. This will be suitable for singers of all ages and abilities, and will offer the chance to sing in harmony and to learn about the mysterious art of ‘diddling’.

    Tickets £11, £10  (£5 for children): advanced booking is advised.

  • Saturday 18th October 2014

    Pendulums Bargain Emporium


    Maison Foo 

    Inspired by ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ a desperate tale of slavery and greed told with humour, intimacy and charm using Maison Foo’s inventive visual blend of storytelling, live music, clowning and puppetry.

    “Touching and beautifully crafted…deceptively sophisticated and layered work – a little show with a big heart.‘
    Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

    Tickets £12, £10, £6 Children under 16

  • Friday 3rd October 2014

    Seven Deadly Sins 


    Tom Jackson Greaves with Polly Motley

    Adam and Eve are in a relationship pickle! As they dance through the sins of their past they reach an ultimate choice. But are they brave enough to make it? Seven Deadly Sins is a vibrant dance comedy full of laughs, apples and exhilarating movement. Choreographed by young Cornish artistTom Jackson Greaves, a winner of the New Adventures Choreographer Award.

    Sexy slick and beautifully expressive’ The Stage

    Tickets £8, £7, Children £6 

  • Saturday 20th September 2014

    Wurlitza: Diary of a Lost Girl


    After two years in the making, the wonderful Wurlitza bring another neglected silent film to life.with a glorious live soundtrack. Fast moving and at times shocking, Diary of a Lost Girl tells the story of Thymian, played by the mesmerising screen idol Louise Brookes. Described as a fusion of everything, jazz, folk, rock and pop with a touch of classical thrown in, Wurlitza are absolutely superb.

    Tickets £8, £7 

  • Saturday 13th September 2014

    It’s a Crafty Affair


    Showcasing local Crafters and Makers

    Come and join us for some crafty fun and buy locally handmade crafts, food and drink, all on your doorstep

    Children’s games, activities and face painting

    Tea, Coffee, Cakes and Savouries served on the day

    Raffle Prize Draw

    For further info please visit us on Facebook, call 01326 340818 or email

  • Saturday 6th September 2014

    Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman


    Twin daughters and a folk-rock whirlwind forced Kathryn Roberts (Vocals / Piano / Woodwind), and Sean Lakeman (Guitar), to sideline their popular duo performances in the mid noughties. Now the Dartmoor based couple have enjoyed a noteworthy return to the fray with their highly acclaimed album, ‘Hidden People’, bringing their own mix of traditional, self-penned songs and covers to the stage.

    Two of the British folk scene’s most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat.

    With a story that includes music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk.

    On latest album “Hidden People” Kathryn says; “These are stories, first and foremost,” but she warns: “My home-life is so ‘roses round the cottage door’, that I tend to prefer music with an edginess, so some of the tracks on the album are quite dark and brooding, to say the least.” The messages and meanings behind these songs belong to the “hidden people”.

    For further details and a taste of their music see their website

    Tickets £11, £10

  • Saturday 5th July 2014

    A Little Nonsense


    Juncture Theatre

    An original comedy that explores the clown inside the man and the mirth hidden in the melancholy.

    Through mime, slapstick, poetry and farce, A Little Nonsense is a bare-knuckle look at the sharp edge of funny.

    The play mixes laugh-out-loud hilarity with a subtle exploration of the edgy relationship between the clown and his straightman.

    Tickets £10, £9 Children £5

  • Saturday 7th June 2014

    Moscow Drug Club


    In association with Carn to Cove

    Moscow Drug Club….is a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire meet, have a few to drink and stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some eastern European cobbled street on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt & Tom Waits are having an afterhours jam with the local Tziganes.

    Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jacques Brel, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits & Bertolt Brecht, Moscow Drug Club provide an intoxicating & intimate musical experience.

    You are cordially invited to share a wry smile with us as you enter the darkly comic world of Moscow Drug Club…..this way please & mind the stairs!

    “The best entertainment we have ever had!” 
    “The music, songs and your voice were amazingly evocative, beautiful and inspiring, such originality just like the band’s name.“ Rural touring audiences


    In the darkness of late winter,
    In a shady watering hole South of the river, in Bristol…
    North American chanteuse & purveyor of lyrical adventures, Katya Gorrie
    And International guitar virtuoso Denny Ilett were having a quiet drink.
    A good excuse to come in from the cold.
    Through the door walked an old friend who also happens to be a fantastic jazz trumpeter.
    The three of them found themselves chatting about the swing music of the 1930’s & 40’s, German Cabaret Songs, and the Parisian songwriters of the 50’s. An idea had started…
    Not long after this fateful meeting, the three friends met a young classically trained accordionist from Poland, whose passion for French musette and Argentinian tango was infectious and inspiring. The four musicians started to create a small set of music derived from these ideas. Finally, long time comrade and exceptional double bassist Andy Crowdy was called in to complete the quintet, and Moscow Drug Club was formed.

    Early gigs in the bars and clubs of Bristol provided evidence that Moscow Drug Club made a noise that made people happy….

    “Moscow Drug Club….brilliantly rendered, crowd pleasing cabaret tuneage raised to the level of magnificence by virtuosic playing!”
    “Moscow Drug Club played a beautiful set consisting of musical talent beyond technology, fx pedals and amp make, reminding us all of where music came from and what it is about.”
    “Moscow Drug Club’s amazing talent left me and all of those around me baying for more…”

    £8 (concessions £6   Children £5)

  • Saturday 31st May 2014

    Major Tom


    Victoria Melody and Farnham Maltings present: Major Tom

    The true story of how Victoria became a beauty queen and her Bassett Hound (Major Tom) became a champion show dog, reflecting the British fascination with celebrity, beauty and winning

    Created by Victoria Melody

    Performed by Victoria Melody and Major Tom National Tour 10th March to 20th June 2014
    PRESS PERFORMANCES: Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th March at BAC
    “A truly winning comedy, I laughed till I cried.” ★★★★★ Donald Hutera, The Times

    5 ***** The Times
    5 ***** Edinburgh Evening News
    4 **** The List
    4 **** Fest Mag
    4 **** British Theatre Guide
    4 **** A Younger Theatre
    4 **** The Public Reviews
    4 **** Exeunt Magazine

    The Stage MUST SEE SHOW
    Fringe Review – MUST SEE SHOW
    Shortlisted for The Arches Brick and Total Theatre Awards

    Major Tom is the story of how an average 34-year-old became a beauty queen and how her unruly pet basset hound, Major Tom, became a championship show dog.

    Major Tom and Victoria increasingly immerse themselves in the obsessive and confusing realm of personal scrutiny as they participate as genuine contestants, determined to win.

    Victoria, accompanied on stage by documentary film footage and her dog, tells this true story. It explores the British fascination with celebrity, beauty and winning.

    “Startingly bonkers and utterly ordinary at the same time…deceptively thoughtful fun” The Guardian ★★★★★ The Times

    Commissioned and produced by Farnham Maltings. Developed at BAC. Supported by Harlow Playhouse, Escalator East to Edinburgh and Arts Council England.

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  • Sunday 11th May 2014

    The Case of the Frightened Lady



    Written & directed by Bill Scott with music by Jim Carey

    Why is the lady so frightened? Who dropped the red scarf?

    As part of its special 35th anniversary program Miracle revisits one of its most popular productions to date, complete with original cast.

    It’s 1932 and Edgar Wallace, the Fleet Street editor widely known for his hugely popular and successful whodunits, gets a desperate call from his publisher. With only a weekend to produce a new novel, the indefatigable Wallace leaps into action.

    The Case of the Frightened Lady is a hilarious account of the antics of the Wallace household as they flit dizzyingly between reality and fiction, inventing storylines, devising dialogue and arguing over the final denouement.

    The result is pure Miracle, a hugely enjoyable mix of plot, character, farce and irony plus some unforgettable songs.

    A highly inventive piece of theatre suitable for a family audience of all ages!

    ‘Bill Scott’s melodramatic, helter-skelter, DIY whodunit is a dizzying tangle of red herrings and black humour.’   – Irish Times

    ‘There is a great sense of fun, pace and a wonderful connection with the audience.’ –  The Stage

    ‘Lampooning everything from the cod-thriller to amateur dramatics, The Case of the Frightened Lady is not only hilarious, but is a gripping piece of drama which deserves to be the hit of this summer.’ – Western Morning News

    ‘Comic theatre of the highest order…littered with razorwire one-liners that literally will have you rolling in the aisles and wiping the tears away.’ –  Brazen City 

    Audience feedback

    ‘I thought that your production might be good or interesting, and I wanted to support local theatre. Instead, what I saw would have graced the stage of any West End theatre…. utterly superb!’

    ‘We haven’t enjoyed ourselves so much at the theatre in a long while. The dialogue was sharp to the point of being dangerous.’

    ‘A BRILLIANT production! Very clever staging and production and exceptionally funny   performances by all the cast.’

    ‘Our faces were ‘aching’ from laughing and smiling so much.  I haven’t enjoyed a performance like yours for many, many years’.

    More About the show

    It’s 1932 and Edgar Wallace, the Fleet Street editor widely known for his hugely popular thrillers, gets a desperate call from his publisher. With only a weekend to produce a new novel, the indefatigable Wallace leaps into action, enlisting the help of his over-looked wife, pretentious butler, eager gardener and admiring new secretary.

    At first this collaboration shows little promise and the story keeps veering off in unlikely directions but, with Wallace at the helm, they get into their stride, flitting dizzyingly between reality and fiction, inventing storylines, devising dialogue and arguing over the final denouement. The result is a typical pot-boiling, page-turning who-dunnit (in this case peppered with Cole Porteresque songs, improvised by the staff on the author’s drawing-room piano).

    Faithful to the genre, the Wallace household construct a plot littered with dodgy criminals, false clues and strangers with mysterious pasts. Detective Inspector Tanner’s legendary powers of observation never failed him and, as the corpses pile up, he stays one step ahead of the bungling rural police and prevents the course of justice being perverted by a household of secretive toffs.

    Just how far beneath the surface lies the grisly truth? Why is the Lady so frightened? As the curtain falls not only has the culprit been revealed but so has the true state of Edgar’s marriage. 

    ‘Bill Scott’s melodramatic, helter-skelter, DIY whodunit…is a heaven-sent vehicle for this distinctive brand of precise, choreographed physical theatre. Outrageous flights of theatrical and narrative fancy… a dizzying tangle of red herrings and black humour.’   – The Irish Times

    ‘Comic theatre of the highest order…littered with razorwire one-liners that literally will have you rolling in the aisles and wiping the tears away.’ –  Brazen City

    ‘Lampooning everything from the cod-thriller to amateur dramatics, The Case of the Frightened Lady is not only hilarious, but is a gripping piece of drama which deserves to be the hit of this summer.’Western Morning News

    This five-hander, written by Bill Scott with music by Jim Carey, originally toured small scale venues (indoors and outdoors) across the South West in 05/06. The show has huge potential to delight audiences of all ages, in any scale of venue. It won the Minack Trophy in 2006 and was subsequently produced for a tour of Ireland (North and South) by Bruiser Theatre.

    Ticket prices: £12 full £10 concession and £8 under 16’s

  • Saturday 10th May 2014

    Chris Wood


    ‘None The Wiser’

    Nominated Best Original Song ‘None the Wiser’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014

    Folk Singer of the Year & Best Original Song ‘Hollow Point’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2011

    Criticised by an art school lecturer as having “a remarkable eye for trivia” Chris Wood’s love of small things has made him one of England’s most vivid and arresting song writers. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables. Hollow Point is his chilling ballad of the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezez and Wood’s feel for the sheer “one thing after another-ness” of life allows us, for the first time, to see the event through the eyes of the victim.

    Joan Armatrading presented Chris with the 2011 BBC Radio Two Folk Singer Of The Year award before inviting him as special guest onto her Autumn 2012 tour. They played 51 cities and Wood found himself eavesdropping on conversations from pound shops to tea rooms, army recruiting centres to hotel saunas collecting the poetry of recession. His response is, None The Wiser, a fourth solo album released in Summer 2013. With humble hymns and sweeping statements from Alzheimers to William Blake, Wood lovingly takes the pulse of his homeland in what could be his best album yet.

    Wood has worked and collaborated with a long list of artists, most recently Dizraeli, Billy Bragg, Eliza and Martin Carthy in Simon Emerson’s Imagined Village. His duet with Eliza added to the “Villager’s” winning another Folk Award for “Best Traditional Song”.

    The Irish Times dubbed him ‘the renaissance man of English folk’ because his work extends beyond song writing into commissions for Radio 3 Between The Ears, Late Junction and The Essay. He has written for The Times and lectured at Newcastle and Limerick Universities. His setting of Blake’s Jerusalem features in Paul Gilroy’s lecture on poetry and music at Kings College London and Wood’s lyric Walk This World With Music is included in Michael Morpurgo’s latest collection.

    Praise for ‘None The Wiser’: 

    INDEPENDENT  ✰✰✰✰✰
    “The title track alone is a masterpiece”

    EXPRESS  ✰✰✰✰✰
    “Wood has honed his songwriting to perfection here… heartbreaking purity.”

    THE GUARDIAN  ✰✰✰✰
    “Remarkable for the settings as much as the lyrics.”

    “Nobody comes even close to equaling his bird’s-eye-view”

    MOJO ✰✰✰✰
    “a rarefied talent, both as writer and interpreter.”

    “a quietly powerful, astute and vivid set of songs…A folk–soul album”

    £12 with £11 concessions.


  • Saturday 3rd May 2014

    Peace Before The Storm


    Joyful Company of Singers

    “…undoubtedly one of the great choirs of the world” Jonathan Harvey 

    British and German choral  masterpieces to mark the era that ended in 1914.  Works by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Elgar, Bingham, Parry, and Schoenberg, sung by the Joyful Company of Singers, one of Europe’s leading chamber choirs under the direction of Peter Broadbent.

    Now in its 25th anniversary season, the JCS is renowned for its virtuosity and intensity of spirit, as well as for an astoundingly wide repertoire, ranging from the 16th Century to the present day. Formed in 1988, the choir first came to prominence when it won the Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year competition in 1990. Since then it has maintained its profile in the music world, winning an impressive list of national and international competitions leading to many invitations. JCS regularly appears at all the UK’s major music festivals, including Bath, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, City of London, Chelsea, Presteigne, Spitalfields, Three Choirs, Huddersfield Contemporary Music and the BBC Proms.

    Peter Broadbent is the founder conductor of Joyful Company of Singers and one of Britain’s leading choral conductors. He has conducted the London Mozart Players, Divertimenti Chamber Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Southern Sinfonia, the Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra, Apollo Voices and the BBC Singers, broadcasting frequently on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.

    This is a wonderful opportunity to hear this first class choir singing  in Cornwall

    Tickets £10 free for accompanied children under 16

    Call 01326 341353 to book or click here to book through Hall for Cornwall

    For more information about JCS see


  • Friday 25th April 2014

    An evening with Patrick Gale


    The Constantine Literary Group and the Tolmen Centre present an evening with Patrick Gale

    The award winning writer whose works include Notes from an Exhibition and A Perfectly Good Man will be talking about mothers in his fiction and the diplomatic challenges of writing about family life.   He will also provide a sneak preview of his next novel A Place Called Winter.

    Tickets £5
    Light refreshments and wine available from 6.30

  • Saturday 12th April 2014

    You’re not like other girls, Chrissy


    China Plate and Caroline Horton present ‘You’re not like other girls, Chrissy’

    Caroline Horton’s perfectly formed one-woman-show has won her universal critical acclaim,  an award from The Stage and an Olivier nomination – and it’s easy to see why.  Inspired by her grandmother’s love letters, ‘You’re not like other girls Chrissy’ is a tender drama of love and loss, a nostalgic glimpse into life in occupied France and a moving tribute to a marvellous character.  

    Horton’s play is immaculately judged  and utterly irresistible.

    Tickets £10 (concessions £8)

  • Friday 28th March 2014

    Sarah Gillespie Trio


    gillespiejeansAnglo-American singer songwriter Sarah Gillespie has received critical acclaim for her 3 albums that mix elements of jazz, folk and blues with her trademark poetic lyricism. The Guardian’s jazz critique John Fordham describes Gillespie as “(joining) Bob Dylan’s lyrical bite and languid delivery to the forthrightness of Joni Mitchell, with a little rap-like percussiveness thrown in, she is an original.”

    Playing tonight with renewed jazz composer Tom Cawley on piano and Ben Bastin on double bass, Gillespie will be performing a mix of songs from her new album ‘Glory Days’ as well as revisiting her back catalogue.

    Tickets £9, £8

    Visit Sarah’s website

    ‘Humorous impressionistic lyrics oscillate between the intimate and the infinite’
    The Independent ★★★★
    ‘Vividly powerfully lyrics and  glorious melodies.
    Rock n’ Real Magazine ★★★★★
    ‘Glory Days.. her best mix yet of hooky tunes and smart lyrics’.
    Mojo ★★★★
    ‘Joni Mitchell/Melanie-esque voice, foot-tapping music, and captivating lyrics.’
    BUZZ Magazine ★★★★★
    ‘The interplay between her acoustic guitar and Gilad Atzmon’s clarinet sparkles, and the words tumble out unstoppable and direct.’
    The Financial Times ★★★★
    ‘Glory Days reveals Gillespie’s song writing to be as sharp and astute as ever and her poetic muse undimmed. It also charts her rise to prominence as an instrumentalist’.
    The Jazz Mann ★★★★
    Is she the new Joni Mitchell? PJ Harvey? Bob Dylan even? Mixing jazz-folk artistry and punk attitude, third album Glory Days (Pastiche) recalls all three in places but Gillespie’s spiky lyrical gift is utterly distinctive.
    London METRO 

  • Saturday 15th March 2014

    The Wardrobe Ensemble: 33


    After their hugely successful ‘Riot’, a new play from The Wardrobe Ensemble based on the epic rescue of 33 Chilean miners.

    A tale of friendship, hope and Elvis Presley, 33 takes you beyond the newsrooms, past the cameras and leaves you 2000 feet under the ground. An outlandish, touching and funny modern legend of men on the brink of death, fame and madness.

    Tickets £9, £8

  • Monday 10th March 2014

    Spiers and Boden


    The Founders of Bellowhead

    Twice winners of the BBC Folk Award for Best Duo

    Spiers and Boden gave a storming performance at the Tolmen Centre in Spring 2013, and we are delighted to welcome them back a year later, when we expect another sell-out show. Their spring tour will be their last for the forseeable future, so this is one not to miss.

    Described by The Guardian as “the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene” and twice winners of the BBC Radio 2 folk award for Best Duo, Spiers and Boden have made the genre of spontaneous, punky English folk very much their own stomping ground.  Loud, proud, and with just a few acoustic instruments, they create a multitude of textures upon which they present traditional stories and dance music which have taken them on to the main stages of major festivals.

    “Technically they stand head to head with the best of their generation…Jon Boden plays fiddle with an earthy vigour that’s utterly compelling and sings in a frantic breathless manner as if the hounds of hell are taking lumps out of his backside, while John Spiers harmonises and plays urgent driving melodeon to a very high standard indeed…halfway to reinventing the style without even realising it…” fRoots Magazine

    “Dynamics, drive and passion” BBC Radio 2 folk website

    Winners of the Best Duo category at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in both 2004 and 2006, and a Critic’s choice nomination at the BBC World Music Awards, and nominees for the same award in 2009, John & Jon are also founding members of the wildly ambitious eleven piece big-band folk phenomenon, Bellowhead (BBC Folk Awards for Best Live Act in 2005, 2007, 2008, Observer Top 20 albums of 2007).

    Jon Boden (singer, fiddle, guitar, stomp-box) follows in the footsteps of many of the great folk-singers with his theatrical style.  Born in 1977 in Chicago, he grew up in Winchester and graduated in Medieval Studies from Durham and Composition for Theatre from the London College of Music.  As well as forming half of Spiers & Boden and singing lead vocals in Bellowhead, Jon has also found time to release his own, self-penned album of contemporary indie rock songs, ‘Painted Lady’.

    John Spiers (melodeon, concertina) was born in Birmingham and grew up in Abingdon (home to one of the few truly traditional morris sides) with a morris dancing father.  He has a Masters degree in Natural Sciences from King’s College Cambridge and has carved his own space in the folk scene with his unique blending of traditional squeezebox styles with his knowledge of contemporary dance music to create an infectious acoustic groove which provides the infectious rhythm of Spiers & Boden.

    “Anyone who needs convincing that the current folk revival is becoming as intriguing, varied and experimental as it was back in the 1960s should check out the remarkable career of John Spiers and Jon Boden. In just a few years, they have established themselves as the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene, and the contemporary equivalent of Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick….” The Guardian

    Spiers & Boden’s retrospective album ‘The Works’ was released July 2011 to mark their 10 year anniversary.  Spring 2014 marks their final tour together for the foreseeable future.

    £13  (no concessions)

  • Friday 21st February 2014

    Carmen and Mimi – Lessons in Love


    Carmen and Mimi are both looking for love. Evening classes hold the answer. Lessons in Love is a comedy told through action, speech and extraordinary music with an uplifting and unexpected ending.

    Tickets £8, £6

  • Friday 14th February 2014

    Jim Moray


    Jim Moray is one of the most consistently inventive musicians working in English traditional music today. Winner of five BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, after five ground-breaking albums he is at the forefront of a new folk revival in the UK, and hailed as a pivotal influence by a new generation of folk musicians. In 2013 he celebrated both 10 years since his landmark debut album ‘Sweet England’ and the success of his 2012 career best ‘Skulk’. Now he brings material from his forthcoming album of traditional ballads out on the road for an evening of storytelling music at its best.

    Recording his first album ‘Sweet England’ while still studying classical composition at Birmingham Conservatoire in the day and playing drums in power-pop bands by night, Jim Moray emerged onto the UK folk scene seemingly fully formed in 2003. His provocative reimagining of English traditional music blended with orchestral flourishes, guitars and electronics soon found him awarded the unprecedented combination of ‘Best Newcomer’ and ‘Best Album’ at the 2004 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. After notching up a live reputation with performances at Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival and WOMAD, and alongside Richard Thompson and Oysterband, Jim followed this with  ‘Jim Moray’ in 2006,  ‘Low Culture’ in 2008 (fRoots critics poll best album award and Mojo folk album of the year), ‘Modern History in 2010, and ‘Skulk’ in 2012.

    Jim has also branched out as producer of his sister Jackie Oates’ award-winning ‘Hyperboreans’ album and been awarded Honorary Life Membership of Birmingham Conservatoire for outstanding achievement in music.

    Tickets £11/£10

  • Friday 31st January 2014 to Saturday 1st February 2014

    The Ballad of The Burning Star


    Theatre Adinfinitum

    Probably  our most ambitious offering ever – “a theatrical hand grenade” said Lyn Gardner, multi award winning and garlanded with glittering reviews.     Absolutely unmissable, mindblowing  cabaret/theatre from the company who brought us the unforgettable Translunar Paradise.   With a cast of seven including a chorus of international dancers and live on stage music, this took last summer’s Edinburgh fringe by storm – voted by many as the top show there.  For two nights only in Cornwall before  touring nationally to Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool and London.

    Quotes, notes, and awards:

    “Multi-award winning Theatre Ad Infinitum (Translunar Paradise, Odyssey) presents an explosive tale. Armed with music, killer heels and a lethal troop of divas an enraged Israeli executes a story of victimhood, persecution, aggression and love. With shrapnel sharp voices and moves as smooth as an oiled tank chain, this cabaret troop invites you on a journey into the core of the conflicted Jewish State.”

    “With shades of a far more visceral Cabaret, The Ballad of the Burning Star is a welcome and audacious reminder of how ground-breaking the theatre can really be. This is a play that doesn’t shy away from the controversy and complexities of an issue that many are still afraid to even approach. Truly haunting and admirable in its boldness”

    Winner of The Stage Award ‘Best Ensemble’ 2013

    “A theatrical hand grenade” – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian ****

    “Breathlessly  inventive”  Tom Lamont  Observer *****

    “A thrillingly edgy piece of entertainment” – The Scotsman *****

    “Bold and Inventive” – The Stage, a MUST SEE! Show

    More on


    £12 (£10 concessions)

  • Saturday 18th January 2014

    Feast of Fun II


    Another hilarious variety show by our amazing local talents, led by Tod Welch with a terrific supper and music to follow.

  • Friday 29th November 2013

    Little Soldier: You and Me


    Two elderly Spanish sisters live in a room full of of mysterious boxes. They share an existence of outrageous defamation, tender reminiscing and pure madness.‘You and Me’ is a touching story with sparkling dialogue and witty observations, that explores old age with humour, imagination and tenderness.

    Tickets £10, £9

  • Thursday 21st November 2013

    The Paper Cinema


    Following last year’s remarkable show The Odyssey, Paper Cinema return for a short residency working on their new show. Tonight they offer a scratch performance of this new work, plus a rare showing of their first work Night Flyer, now a minor classic.


    In association with Feast and Cornwall Film Festival

    Tickets £9, £8

  • Sunday 17th November 2013

    John Etheridge


    Guitar legend, John Etheridge’s career spans four decades, and a range of styles from Soft Machine to hot club jazz with Stephane Grapelli and more recently playing with the eminent classical guitarist John Williams. He plays with awesome dexterity and his solo gigs are famed for their intimacy and warmth.

  • Saturday 26th October 2013

    Skillywidden Nos Lowen


    Dalla Dance Band

    Their aim is simply to provide wall-to-wall music for dancing. Put on your dancing shoes.

    In Aid of the Heritage Centre
    Tickets £10, £6 Children (includes a pasty)

  • Saturday 19th October 2013

    cube theatre: Aubade by Jon Welch


    The unflinching reality of modern schools collides with the escapist 1920s glamour of Astaire and Rogers, with potentially horrifying consequences. Blending film and theatre, knife-sharp dialogue and dance, cube theatre presents AUBADE.

    *Recommended 15 years+

    Tickets £8, £7

  • Friday 11th October 2013

    Constantine Literary Pod


    The evening starts with Cornish language and music from Tirhatavas.

    Then Jane Johnson, author of TheTenth Gift and The Salt Road, talks on Pirates and Slaves and a hidden chapter of 17th Century Cornish and Moroccan History which has changed her life.

    Wine and light refreshments available from 6.45.

    Tickets £5

  • Saturday 5th October 2013

    Wurlitza: Sunrise


    After last year’s amazing Piccadilly, Wurlitza return with Sunrise one of the most moving stories ever told on film, an adventure of temptation, reconciliation and redemption.

    Wurlitza accompany with live music from Bach and Villa Lobas to Talking Heads and Madness. Sunrise is silent film at its most poetic and Wurlitza’s music is a perfect accompaniment.

    Tickets £9, £8

  • Saturday 21st September 2013

    Lutes and Voices


    A concert of ancient music with Friends in Harmony, United Cornish Lutenists and Jeni Melia.

    Pre-show supper available. Pre -booking essential.

    Tickets £9, £7 concessions

  • Saturday 7th September 2013

    Steve and Martha Tilston


    Martha Tilston resizedST promo - photo 11 8620 (c) Paul Floyd Blake-2We open our autumn season with an unusual treat from the world of contemporary folk music, with the father-and-daughter line-up of Steve and Martha Tilston.  Both of them are well-known and popular performers, but it is rare that they appear on the same stage so this is a chance not to be missed.  They will perform separate sets but will also perform a few numbers together.

    Steve Tilston has been described as “a complete guitarist,” “a singer songwriter of rare talent” and “absurdly accomplished.”  He’s the writer of the classic The Slipjigs and Reels, The Naked Highwayman and Here’s to Tom Paine and his songs have been covered by a who’s who of the folk scene. His career was marked by the release in 2010 of Reaching Back, a 5-CD boxed-set retrospective, and he’s also published a powerful historical novel.  Celebrating 40 years in the business, he’s on as great form as ever. His last album The Reckoning garnered him the “Best Original Song” accolade at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards last year, plus invitations to appear on Later with Jools Holland and BBC4’s Songwriters’ Circle. Perhaps best known for his song-writing prowess, Steve is also a blinding, dazzling guitarist with a style echoing the elaborate rhythmic “folk baroque” of Bert Jansch and Davy Graham, but also drawing from classical, roots and the tradition to create a sound that has been called quintessentially Tilston.

    • A great narrator on top form. The Observer ****
    • …dominated by Tilston’s exquisite guitar workThe Guardian ****
    • …songs of great heart, delivered with authority and instrumental panache. The Scotsman 
    • Another superb set from the good Mr Tilston, who just can’t seem to put a finger wrong. FROOTS

    STOP PRESS: Steve’s latest album Happenstance is due for release on September 3rd and should be available for you to buy at the venue.

    Martha Tilston displays a comparable originality with lyrics and an equally compelling stage presence as her father, but her musical style is totally different. She originally trained as an actor, but the tug of her musical lineage set in, and by her late teens, she had taken up the acoustic guitar and taught herself the fine art of fingerpicking, finding her voice — a shivering, autumnal bird-song evocative of a young Joni Mitchell — along the way.

    She released her lo-fi debut, Rolling, in 2003, while touring Ireland as support for troubadour Damian Rice. Tilston’s earthy compositions and delicate melodies earned her a growing audience, but she declined the lucrative offers from established record labels, choosing instead to set up her own label, Squiggly Records. She funded the pressing of her next record, 2005’s Bimbling, through the sale of the album’s canvas-painted artwork.  By 2007, she was opening the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury with songs from her album Milkmaids and Architects, garnering a nomination for Best New Act at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

    Her songwriting eschews the hoary ‘moors and maids’ folk imagery of old for gentle, probing meditations on modern concerns such as consumerism, urbanization and unheard voices, but she also finds space for haunting love songs, and one-off originals such as Old Tomcat, her sensual personal paean to Leonard Cohen. She’s performed at demos and marches, and played a set at Climate Camp in 2009, but Tilston considers herself too nomadic to hitch her star to any wagon. “I feel strongly about not getting stuck in any one scene; I try to weave my music through the world without becoming ingratiated to any one group.” And as her latest album, Machines of Love and Grace confims, it’s a creative independence that pays off.

    From reviews of Machines of Love and Grace:

    • “eloquently explores the relationship between technology and the human condition” BBC
    •  “her voice is as lovely as ever…a fine and evocative album” Folk Radio UK 
    • “Tilston’s tough personal approach makes for an engaging, unusual album” Guardia 

    We can safely expect an engaging, unusual evening from the two Tilstons.

    Tickets £10/£9 concessions

    Pre-concert meals available at our cafe, pre-booking essential.

    Further information:
    01326 341353

  • Sunday 14th July 2013



    leaflet spring 2013 FOR EXPORT-4A welcome return of Steeleye Span violinist Peter Knight and his band with their unique brand of high energy folk.

    Tickets £10

  • Friday 28th June 2013

    Andy Sheppard


    Andy Sheppard, solo tenor and soprano saxophonist.

    Don’t miss this! A real treat and not just for jazz lovers, this is a chance to get up close and personal with one of the UK’s leading jazz musicians and composers. For those who think they aren’t into jazz, come and be entranced by Andy’s lyrical, weaving tunes and soulful playing, enhanced by his subtle use of live backing loops. Andy will play a single 75 minute set, to be followed by an informal question and answer session chaired by a local jazz enthusiast.

    The man who has emerged as one of Britain’s foremost tenor and soprano saxophonists was introduced to the music of John Coltrane at the age of nineteen and immediately went out and bought his own saxophone. A successful recording artist, bandleader and composer (for film, TV and theatre), Andy Sheppard is one of a very few British jazz artists to have made a significant international impact. He has worked with an astonishing range of musical partners and is remarkably, one of a very few soloists to have played in the big bands of all three of the greatest post-war jazz composers, Carla Bley, George Russell and Gil Evans. Other collaborators have included Northumbrian piper and fiddler Kathryn Tickell, and eclectic pianist Joanna MacGregor. Andy has a string of albums to his name, including Learning to Wave (1998), Nocturnal Tourist(2001), Movements in Colour (2009) and his latest collaboration with Michel Benita and Sebastian Rochford, Trio Libero (2012).

    Sheppard is always a compelling voice…’, Time Out

    ‘Romanticism, carefully managed anarchy and accessibility subtle, elegant jazz…’  The Guardian

    Tickets £10/£9 concessions.

  • Friday 21st June 2013



    Dreadnought South West Association presents a new play by Natalie McGrath

    100 years ago imagine that fifteen women gather // They have a conversation that maps eight geographic arteries across England and Wales, like points on a compass //  These arteries reach out towards a singular destination like roots forming a tree // The destination is Hyde Park //  It’s June, 1913 and the Great Suffrage Pilgrimage begins.

    A tour of a new play from Lands End to London // Remembering when 15 women became 1000s…

    Tickets: £10/£8

  • Saturday 8th June 2013

    Chapel Street and Bitch Boxer Double Bill


    leaflet spring 2013 FOR EXPORT-2Chapel Street | Scrawl

    Crackling with energy and dripping with humour, this is a hilarious and heart breaking two-hander.

    Bitch Boxer | Snuffbox

    Chloe Jackson has just one more fight to win before she gets the chance to live her dream – to box for Team GB at the Olympics.


    Tickets £10, £8, £6 Children 14+

  • Tuesday 21st May 2013

    Spiers and Boden


    Founder members of modern folk icons Bellowhead, Spiers and Boden are described by the Guardian as “the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene.”

    Together they have made the genre of spontaneous, punky English folk very much their own stomping ground.
    “Joyousness reigns.” …The Observer
    Tickets £12, £10

  • Friday 17th May 2013

    The Fantasist


    A seductive stranger opens a fantastical world to a tormented woman.

    But everything comes at a price…

    In the mind of the fantasist, the real and the fanciful become dangerously blurred. As Louise gazes into the night her fancy takes form. Objects move, time changes … and a seductive stranger opens up a world of exhilaration and magic.

    Following an acclaimed international tour and 5 star sell-out success at Edinburgh Fringe 2012, The Fantasist comes to The Tolmen Centre for one night only, melding original music, life-sized puppetry, and physical theatre. War Horse’s Robin Guiver teams up with Lecoq and LISPA trained Theatre Temoin in an emotionally powerful exploration of bipolar disorder.

    “What the show does so well via the puppetry is to get you right inside Louise’s mind and make you understand both the confusion and yet also the the terrible glimmering lure of a world of bright lights and butterflies.” …Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
    ★★★★★ ‘Mesmerising’ – The Skinny
    ★★★★★ ‘Exquisite Theatre’ – Fringe Review
    ★★★★★ ‘Hilarious, beautiful and utterly astonishing’ – Edinburgh Guide
    ★★★★★ ‘A must see’ – Scotsgay
    ★★★★★ ‘Raw genius’ – The Public Reviews
    ★★★★ ‘Haunting and enchanting’ – WhatsOnStage
    ★★★★ ‘Ingenious stagecraft’ – Metro

    Tickets £10, £8

  • Saturday 27th April 2013

    Constantine Literary Festival


    Opening by Miracle Theatre 11.00am

    Morning Storytelling for all ages by John Brolly
    Free admission 

    1.30pm – 6.00pm
    Joanna Hodgkin (Biographer & Novelist), Tessa Skola (Author & cabaret dancer) & Colin Rogers (Film & TV Producer)

    Salley Vickers (Acclaimed novelist)

    Single ticket for all events £12.00

    Advanced booking advisable 01326 341353

    A variety of refreshments available for all

    Children must be accompanied by an adult

    Sponsored by Wine in Cornwall, Constantine Parish Council, Cornwall Council and David Buchanan Sailmaker.

    Supported by the Tolmen Centre Constantine.

  • Thursday 25th April 2013

    The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Brass Section


    In association with Carn to Cove

    A very special opportunity to enjoy a variety of classical music from the brass section of the renowned Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
    Tickets £10, £8 and Family £25

  • Saturday 23rd March 2013



    Pants on Fire

    The Tolmen Centre and Pants on Fire Theatre Company invite you to attend an evening of Performance Puppetry and Music based on the company’s new show Pinnochio, followed with a discussion forum, on Saturday 23rd March at The Tolmen Centre starting at 7.30.

    Pants on Fire is a multi award winning International theatre company based in London. They  create new, original, exciting, dramatically dynamic and visually brilliant high quality theatre.  Many will remember their show Ovid’s Metamorphoses which played at The Tolmen Centre in May 2011 – one of our best ever performances – which went on to runs in London and New York and won many awards.

    The Company  are to undertake a short residency at The Tolmen Centre from 14th-23rd March – with the primary intention of developing the new show.      Originally this residency was planned to put the finishing touches Pinnochio, leading to a preview  of the end product.   However, events have conspired such that the show will be in its early or mid stages of development.

    The performance will therefore be a   full-length  ‘work in progress’  showing which  will   involve some ‘script in hand’ performing,  some imaginative props and scenery,   as well as the detailed work  being created  during the week.   Because of this, and the way in which Pants on Fire  like to present their  work, they would   like to  make the showing more of an ‘event’,  encouraging the audience to feel part of the development  process.    They will  perform the songs from the show, the audience can meet the puppets and  generally explore the world of the play together. They  would then love to talk with the audience informally after the showing as any feedback at this stage would be really useful in taking the development forward.

    Tickets for this show are FREE – but please reserve in the usual way by phone or email.  We will be asking for  contributions based on what you think its worth to cover the Tolmen Centre’s costs.

    Café Tolmen will be open pre-show – please reserve for this as well so we have numbers.

    We are very grateful to The Works and Venue Cornwall for financial help to allow this exciting residency to take place.

  • Friday 8th March 2013

    A Strange Wild Song


    Rhum and Clay 

    On Friday 8th March  Rhum and Clay Theatre bring us “A Strange Wild Song”.   Another  Edinburgh 2012 hit, this is by a young, Lecoq trained company rapidly making their way in modern theatre.    Watch out when you see the name Lecoq,  as graduates of the famous  French mime school have  been responsible for a number of our best ever shows – Hysteria, Translunar Paradise,  Pants on Fire, Dancing Brick  and 1927 all had connections there.

    A Strange Wild Song is an elegiac piece based on a true story  – about a group of children in wartime France who befriend a wounded soldier.    It’s told via a present day find  of a cache of photographs in an attic, and the journey of discovery into his family history made by the finder.   It completely captivated us, with beautiful acting performances by the three prncipals (in many roles), absurdist humour,  stunning imagery,  and wonderful music played live just off stage.   Highly recommended for everyone.       Their website is where you can see details of their nationwide tour with this show.

    Tickets £10, £8, £4

  • Thursday 7th March 2013

    Transition Constantine’s Making Day


    As part of the Climate Week programme, Transition Constantine is holding a ‘Making Day’ at the Tolmen Centre.  Come along to watch demonstrations or take part in making draught excluders, kindling, and sawhorses.  Find out what’s on offer from the local Freecycle and look for something new at the Clothes Swap.  Coffee and cakes available.

    MAKING: We will be making draught excluders, essential for all doors, from donated materials.  We will give these away at the Farmers’ Market on Saturday 9th March.  Rory MacPhee will demonstrate his ‘Cornish Kindl’y’ wood working technique for making special kindling.  There will also be demonstrations of how to make a saw-horse.

    CLOTHES SWAP: Please bring one or more items of clothing you no longer neeed.  You can then take an article from the ones donated in exchange for yours.  There will be an opportunity also to get expert advice or help on how to ‘upcycle’ any of the clothing on offer.

    FREECYCLE:  At the event you can add to the noticeboard any large items you are willing to give away via the Transition Constantine village freecycle scheme.  You could bring smaller items with you, but do be prepared to collect them if they are not taken.

    WE NEED: Sewing machines, fabric (the heavier the better), stuffing (old duvets, pillows, etc.), hanging rails, and of course YOU to come along!  Contact Sandra Boreham on 341493 if you can help with any of these ‘needs’.

  • Friday 1st March 2013

    A Soldiers Song


    Ken Lukowiak 

    In the wake of the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War, it’s worth remembering
    the human cost of that conflict. Few one-man shows could give you a more gut-wrenching insight than this one.  Ken Lukowiak faces his contrary wartime emotions with courage and honesty.

    Redruth man Lukowiak served in the Paras in heat of the  Falklands war.   Subsequently his life was in turmoil as he tried to deal with  the emotional after-effects of combat.    Some years later he wrote a best selling book based on his experiences, and this was later made into the stage play A Soldiers Song by Guy Masterson (a regular visitor to the Tolmen Centre)  – who initially took Ken’s role in what was  a powerful and successful one man show.

    Last year, Ken Lukowiak bravely agreed to take over the play himself  for a run at the Edinburgh Fringe where it attracted widespread acclaim and full houses.    Many serviceman and veterans were among the audiences, and all were deeply affected by Ken’s performance.   It now comes to The Tolmen Centre as part of a very short tour across the country.  Click here for lots more detail.

    This show will be on Friday 1st March.    The second show on Saturday 2nd will not now take place


    Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War and one of the hits of the 2012 Edinbrugh Festival, A Soldier’s Song is the real deal. A true story of conflict told by a guy who was there, bringing the battlefield to the stage in an extraordinary work of theatre.

    This is the theatre of War in its facets, invoking the horror, terror, shame, black humour, futility and tedium of a soldier’s life on the front line and the lingering effects of Post Traumatic Stress. Deeply disturbing and frightening at times, it utilises a pounding, totally authentic multi-directional soundscape. It is also extremely funny, the dark “squaddie” humour offsetting the darkness. The brutal demotic language and reality of the battlefield is brought to vividly to life.

    ***** “This is the Saving Private Ryan of theatre!” (The Times)

    ****  “A GUT WRENCHING INSIGHT”- Daily Telegraph
    In the wake of the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War and with Argentina ratcheting up the pressure over the islands once again, it’s worth remembering the human cost of that conflict. Few one-man shows could give you a more gut-wrenching insight than this one.  Ken Lukowiak, who served in the Paras, has stepped into the theatrical front line, delivering this potted version of his 1993 memoir of the gruelling campaign. Required to duck down, crouch and adopt defensive positions under loud simulated shellfire at times, he cuts an awkward if affable figure on stage, but that adds to the authenticity. As he relives grisly encounters with Argentinians dead and alive, recalls some sickening army gallows humour and recoils at the screaming nightmare of incidents like the bombing of Sir Galahad and Sir Tristram, you realise he is still battling his demons. Unsung heroism? This simple, humbling show embodies the phrase.
    (Dominic Cavendish – Daily Telegraph – 19/08/12)

  • Saturday 16th February 2013

    Jackie Oates with Tristan Seume


    “Oates has emerged as a frontrunner among the new generation of Brit folkies, marked out by the purity of her voice”…The Observer

    Tickets £10, £8, Children £4

    Jackie Oates is a singer and fiddle player hailing from Staffordshire. Her unique treatment of English ballads and songs, and pure, haunting singing style has established her at the forefront of the new English folk revival.

    Since appearing as a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2003, she has performed extensively at festivals and venues across the country and beyond, in a solo capacity and with her band. She was a founder member of Northumbrian group and Mercury nominated Rachel Unthank and the Winterset, Jackie is now a permanent member of the folk super-group The Imagined Village as well as touring in her own right.

    The end of 2009 saw her album Hyperboreans receive a nomination for the fRoots Critics’ Poll Album of the Year, and nominations for the 2010 Folk Awards for Folk Singer of The Year, Album of the Year and Best Traditional Track for ‘Isle Of France’.

    In September 2011 Jackie Oates released her fourth studio album titled ‘Saturnine’, featuring contributions from Jim Moray, Karen Tweed and The Claque. Now a major name in the English folk scene, Jackie followed the release with a major round of touring in the UK and abroad and a packed season of festival appearances, with sales of Saturnine eclipsing those of her previous albums.

    In 2012 she began an extensive period of research into an area of song that is particularly close to her heart: lullabies.  The album ‘Lullabies’ will be released on 18th March 2013 by ECC Records and followed by two Lullabies tours in April and October 2013.

    ‘Standing out from English folk’s remarkable new wave, Oates has the finest voice of them all…Saturnine shows Oates at the top of her game’ Independent On Saturday (album of the week).

    Tristan Seume is one of the UK’s leading acoustic guitarists as a soloist, accompanist and session musician. As well as currently touring with  Jackie, he performs at arts centres and festivals all over Europe. He is also a respected tutor, lecturing at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, and is a regular columnist for international publications, Guitarist and Guitar Techniques.

    Delighting audiences up and down the UK with his blend of folk, country, Celtic and neo-classical styles, and with his cheerful stage presence, he has been likened to players such as John Renbourn and Gordon Giltrap     “A spectacular player” – Neville Marten, Guitarist Magazine

  • Friday 1st February 2013

    The Last Illusion


    leaflet spring 2013 FOR EXPORT-20Bash Street Theatre
    A retired magician and his wife are tempted to perform one last cabaret act. With live music, magical illusions and Bash Street’s stunning circus skills, a great show for all the family.

    Tickets £9, £8 and £4 Child

  • Friday 11th January 2013

    Freddie Dare and the Ginger Robber


    Cube’s sparkling new show for children (and grownups too) gets it’s first outing at The Tolmen Centre. With plenty of song and dance, and written by our own Jon Welch, this promises to be a delight for all ages. We are making it free for accompanied children, and adult tickets are just £7.

    “Fred’s lost his Dad. Now he might be losing his mum too. Looks like a job for Freddie Dare and the Ginger Robber. The toe tapping twosome take on a terrifying quest to stop their arch enemy before it’s too late.”

    Café Tolmen will be open for pre show suppers for this event – booking essential.

    Adults £7,  £3 for children (1 accompanied child free)


  • Thursday 6th December 2012 to Friday 7th December 2012

    Miracle Theatre: Frankenstein


    Tickets£10, £8 Children £4
    Café Tolmen will be open for pre show suppers for this event – booking essential.

  • Saturday 17th November 2012

    Harpers Bizarre


    Sarah Deene Jones can’t be with us, but her Harp Ensemble will be joined by Friends in Harmony to present an evening of English traditional and celtic music, jazz and original pieces.

    Tickets £7 or £10 (includes ploughman’s supper of soup and cheese at 6pm. Booking essential.) In aid of the Heritage Centre.

  • Friday 9th November 2012 to Saturday 10th November 2012

    Pipeline Theatre: Transports


    In the late seventies a sociopathic sixteen year old finds herself shunted into her final foster home. Her widowed foster mother has a hint of a foreign accent and a box full of secrets. As youth plays cat and mouse with age, two parallel sets of revelations collide with devastating consequences. A riveting new play from Jon Welch.

    Tickets £6, £5, Children £4

    Café Tolmen will be open for pre show suppers for this event – booking essential.

  • Saturday 3rd November 2012

    Aperol Quartet


    We welcome back Edward Shaw with a newly formed classical quartet. The program will include Mendelssohn’s String Quartet Op 80 in F.

    Tickets £7.50

  • Friday 26th October 2012

    The Paper Cinema: The Odyssey


    Homer’s cornerstone of literature is vividly told with beautiful illustration and masterful puppetry. Cinematic projection and cunning tricks trans- form a suitcase full of cut-out paper puppets into an array of living characters and striking land- scapes. A silent film is created before your eyes, set to a captivating live score from exceptional musicians.

    ‘A wild journey into live animation’ The Guardian In association with Cornwall Film Festival

    Tickets £10, £9 Children £4
    Café Tolmen will be open for pre show suppers for this event – booking essential.

  • Friday 19th October 2012

    Lucinda Hawksley: Book Group Plus


    A talk by Lucinda Hawksley, great great great grand-daughter of Charles Dickens, author and historian with a special interest in 19th and early 20th century art and literature.

    Tickets £5

  • Saturday 13th October 2012

    Guy Masterson: Animal Farm


    “Some actors are more equal than others, but few are quite as equal as Guy Masterson!” (The Times )

    Hilariously comic and powerfully poignant by turns, Masterson’s breathtaking storytelling creates the farmyard around you in 2 hours of utterly compelling theatre. As the most per- formed solo show in the world, this is a must see performance for all ages.

    Tickets £10, £8, Children £4
    Café Tolmen will be open for pre show suppers for this event – booking essential.

  • Friday 28th September 2012

    The Rua Macmillan Trio


    Awarded the prestigious title of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2009, Rua Macmillan is one of the rising stars in the highly competitive world of Scottish traditional music.

    Tickets £9, £8 Children £4
    Café Tolmen will be open for pre show suppers for this event – booking essential.

  • Friday 14th September 2012

    Wurlitza / Piccadilly


    The amazing band Wurlitza play a live soundtrack to the film Piccadilly which is in itself an enthralling and fascinating period piece. These stunning musicians including two haunting vocalists bring the film to life with modern music to create a truly memorable and unique entertainment.

    In association with Carn to Cove
    Tickets £7, £6

  • Saturday 1st September 2012

    Jake Walton and Tinkers Cuss


    An evening of modern English folk music in aid of GNHCT, supporting orphan children in Africa.

    Tickets £7.50, Children £4

    Based in Cornwall Jake Walton is a unique singer songwriter who has toured extensively. Famed as a Celtic music pioneer he plays the guitar and hurdy gurdy. His music reflects both Cornish and Breton influences of Celtic myth and legend. Together with Tinker’s Cuss there will be a wide range of instruments and voices, both traditional and contempory. This will range from the slow and gentle to the more upbeat bluegrass.

    This performance is in aid of GHNCT, a charity founded by Annette Montague-Thomas, a Cornish herbalist and qualified pharmacist.

    The charity which is run from Truro, runs a clinic on a settlement in South Africa where the inhabitants live in abject poverty.  This was started in 2000 after Annette saw a programme about the suffering caused by the Aids/HIV pandemic in sub Saharan Africa.  She was so moved that she felt that she must do something about it and flew out and met officials from the Department of Health.

    Following this she set up a clinic and an orphan’s reception centre to try to alleviate some of the suffering in one of the most impoverished areas in the world.

    This is a free clinic in an area of 2,000,000 plus people.  There are now 15,000 patients and 13,000 babies and children being looked after in a foster care system.

    By supporting this event not only will you be entertained but you will be supporting a worthwhile charity.

  • Friday 20th July 2012

    Peter Knight of Steeleye Span presents Gigspanner


    Peter Knight’s Gigspanner has been hailed by Songlines magazine as “another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool moment”, but those in the know will tell you that there is far more to Gigspanner than meets the eye.

    Fine British traditional music is to be expected from Steeleye Span’s legendary fiddle player, but Gigspanner’s musical reach probes into Eastern European, French, African and even Aboriginal influences. It is no surprise that author Terry Pratchett wrote that “Peter Knight can spin the world on his bow”. It is music played with a potency and love that leaves audiences spellbound.

    Peter is joined by Roger Flack on Guitar, and Vincent Salzfaas on Congas and Djembe, both intelligent and powerful musicians in their own right. Together they promise “a blistering pace of a flamboyant musical world tour” (Lancashire Evening Post).

    Gigspanner’s Debut Album ‘Lipreading the Poet’ was named as one of the best 15 Global Albums of 2009. But leave any pre-conceived ideas at the door, and ditch the pigeonholes. If you have a taste for “music of intelligently crafted brilliance” (Songlines magazine) there is something here to nurture your soul.

    Tickets £10

  • Wednesday 27th June 2012

    Endless Journey


    ‘Endless Journey’ brings together four musicians from two of Niger’s leading internationally known music groups, Mamane Barka and Etran Finatawa. Their swirling strings, driving rhythms and haunting vocals evoke the vast open spaces of the desert and the very soul of nomadic life.

    Tickets £10, £8, Children £4

  • Friday 15th June 2012

    Gonzo Moose: I’m An Aristocrat Get Me Out Of Here


    I’m An Aristocrat Get Me Out Of Here

    Packed full of hilarious slapstick, irreverent humour, verbal wit and magical illusion you’ll gasp, laugh and be amazed at the elaborate sword fights, the heart wrenching love scenes, and the sensational death-defying French accents.

    Tickets £9, £8, Children £4

  • Saturday 26th May 2012



    ‘RELEASE’ explores the lives of three prisoners in their first few months after release, as they attempt to reconnect with the people and remnants of life they left behind.

    “A sharp, impeccably performed and blazingly impassioned piece of theatre…simply terrific.”

    The Times

    Tickets £9, £8, Children £4

  • Saturday 5th May 2012

    MAYDAY MAYDAY by Theatre Damfino



    On the eve of Mayday 2004 Kneehigh’s Tristan Sturrock broke his neck falling off a wall in Padstow as part of the celebrations. Paralysed in Treliske hospital and about to become a father for the first time, he was told he may never walk again.

    After a sell out run at Bristol Old Vic he brings his poignant, & life-affirming true story back to his homeland Cornwall – appropriately close to Mayday 2012 – as part of a UK tour.

    Since his recovery in Derriford’s spinal unit where he was put back together again, he has performed all over the world, most recently on Broadway in Kneehigh’s Brief Encounter. “

    Audiences have called it ” Horrifying and wonderful… beautiful and brilliant… transporting and funny… a true celebration of theatre, life and the NHS..

    Tickets £9 (£7 concessions)

  • Thursday 26th April 2012

    CEC Annual General Meeting


    CEC Accounts 2010-11

    TOC-CEC Accounts Review

    TOC Accounts 2011 Final Draft

  • Friday 20th April 2012



    An evening of Cornish based folk music from the inimitable Dalla, famous for their compelling dance rhythms and new and traditional singing.

    Tickets £8, £7, £4

  • Friday 23rd March 2012

    Teasel Theatre: Grisly Tales from Tumblewater


    Edward Jaspers is a captivating storyteller spinning a yarn which grips from the initial downpour all the way through to the first glimpse of sunshine at the end.

    In association with Carn to Cove

    Tickets £5

  • Friday 9th March 2012

    Wardrobe Ensemble: Riot


    Based on the real life riot at the opening of a new Ikea store in Edmonton in 2005. At the stroke of midnight the British public punch, kick, strangle and
    eventually stab their way to £45 sofas and £35 bed frames. ‘Riot’ is an epic tale of violence, greed, and cheap sofas.

    Tickets £9, £8, Children £4

  • Saturday 28th January 2012

    Translunar Paradise



    After a ground-breaking season, which saw the company premiere ‘Translunar Paradise’ to substantial critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe 2011, they have gone on to win a clutch of theatre awards for this production, including Liverpool Daily Post ‘Best Fringe Show of 2011’, The Fringe Review ‘Outstanding Theatre Award’ 2011, The Observer ‘Iron Man’ Award for Kim Heron and Brave New World Award & Audience Award at the Sarajevo MESS Theatre Festival, Bosnia & Herzegovina 2011.

    Exquisitely created, Translunar Paradise is told entirely without words and in their place are movement, haunting music and masks. This is a powerful and emotional tale of a man who is confronted by the solitude of bereavement.

    Director and performer George Mann says,“This is about the gap between young and old. Age, like a mask, can obscure the fact a person was once young. We’re working without words to convey this story through the body and music on a poetic level. The audience will be immersed in feeling, sensations and movements. We hope they go home feeling they’ve experienced something very special.”

    • “an extraordinary performance”The Observer
    • “Extraordinarily poignant…beautifully performed…. packs a real emotional punch. In the end, this is a show about loss that is as much about mourning your own lost self as about the grief at the death of a long-term partner.”The Guardian
    • “an admirable, infinitely gentle and wordless story of loss and remembrance”The Times
    • “I really cannot recommend this highly enough, it is not just one of the best shows I have seen at this year’s fringe, but any fringe.”The Stage
    • “a thing of perfection.” British Theatre Guide

    (Cafe suppers available before and after the show)

    Tickets £10/£8/£4

  • Saturday 21st January 2012

    The Ghosts of May


    A special performance  of the ‘The Ghosts of May” by Pauline Shepherd and Pete Berryman.

    In aid of the Heritage Centre 

    Click here to find our more about ‘The Ghosts of May’ on Pete Berryman’s website

  • Saturday 14th January 2012



    In this poignant,powerful yet very humorous account, Shylock is explained to us through his (only) friend Tubal via a series of clever impersonations from Portia to Adolf Hitler. Gareth Armstrong’s Shylock is one of the world’s most successful solo shows, and here, Guy Masterson demonstrates its brilliance. “Innovative, delightful, exceptional!” … The Independent

    Tickets £10, £8, Children £4

  • Friday 6th January 2012

    Twelfth Night Feast of Fun


  • Friday 2nd December 2011



    Loot follows the fortunes of Hal and Dennis, who rob a bank next to the funeral parlour where Dennis works and return to Hal’s home to hide the money. Hal’s mother has just died and the money is hidden in her coffin. But where will they hide the body?

    Fay, a sexy young nurse with seven deceased husbands to her name, is interested in marrying Hal’s father, McLeavy. However, Dennis has already had his way with Fay and wants to marry her. And he can offer her more financial “security”.

    Inspector Truscott arrives and the plot turns topsy turvy as Hal and Dennis try to keep him off their trail.

    During Joe Orton’s short but prolific career, he shocked, outraged and amused audiences with his farcical black comedies.

    Loot, first performed in 1965, was Orton’s third major production, following Entertaining Mr Sloane and the television play The Good and Faithful Servant. Playing with the conventions of popular farce, Orton examines English attitudes and perceptions in the mid twentieth century.

    The play won several awards in its London run and is now regarded as a comic masterpiece.

    Loot will be at The Tolmen Centre in Constantine on Friday 2nd December at 7.30pm
    And at the Poly in Falmouth on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December at 7.30pm

    Loot is presented by Cornwall’s newest theatre company, Fruit.
    It is directed by Keri Jessiman, well known for her legendary comic performances in the early days of Miracle Theatre.

  • Thursday 1st December 2011

    The Mousehole Cat


    Puppetcraft bring this charming tale to life with carved wooden puppets, coloured shadows, live music and a beautiful set.

    Children over 4 £4

  • Saturday 26th November 2011

    Olde Tyme Music Hall and Magic Show


    Join us for an incomparable, incredible and inestimable evening. Step back to the early 1900s and be immersed in stupendous singing, minervian magic, and a meal of gastronomic delights.

    Dress Victorian/Edwardian
    Ticket including supper £15

    In aid of the Heritage Centre

  • Thursday 10th November 2011 to Saturday 12th November 2011




  • Thursday 3rd November 2011 to Friday 4th November 2011

    The Animals and Children Took to the Streets


    1927 use the live performance and animation techniques that it employed to such brilliant effect in Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea to develop a more sustained narrative about life east of the city where the bankers make big bucks.

    A jaw-droppingly clever and gloriously subversive parable…The Guardian
    Anyone interested in the theatre should see this company now…Observer

    Tickets £10, £8, £4

    A co-promotion with Cornwall Film Festival

  • Friday 14th October 2011

    Third International Tolmen Guitar Festival 2011


    The Third International Tolmen Guitar Festival will run for three full days October 14th 15th and 16th 2011.  There will be 5 major recitals/concerts covering Classical, Jazz, World Music, Flamenco, Early Music  and many more other events, workshops, masterclasses and even film.   The Festival will cut across genres – headline acts vary from Martin Carthy – one of folk music’s greatest innovators – to Vladislav Blaha the Czech classical maestro – to the amazing 6 piece TG Collective who play mixed jazz, gypsy and flamenco – to a Polish Guitar ensemble who will bring a string quartet to play with them!

    Check out the 2011 Guitar Festival Website for more details.

  • Thursday 13th October 2011

    Public Meeting


    To discuss the organisation of celebrations in Constantine to mark the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II

    Date: Thursday 13th October

    Venue: Church Hall @ 7:00pm

  • Saturday 17th September 2011

    One Darke Night


    One Darke Night combines extracts from renowned Cornish playwright Nick Darke’s canon of work. Fusing extracts from lesser- known works with firm audience favorites such as the King of Prussia and Hells Mouth, and featuring exclusive extracts from Nick’s private journals and correspondence, this imaginative show explores the creative process of the writer. Combining a cast of versatile performers, simple staging and projected film this performance showcases Nick’s exquisite talent for combining blistering dialogue, quirky characterisation and beautiful prose in plays which are as moving as they are hilarious! Tickets £8, £7, Children £4

  • Saturday 10th September 2011

    Operation Greenfield


    Somewhere in middle England four unlikely teenagers are preparing for judgment day with ladders, Elvis and Forest Fruits squash.Stokely’s annual talent competition is nigh. With a stage full of instruments and an eclectic mix of recorded music, Little Bulb Theatre capture the confusing, awkward and beautifully naïve time of adolescence. A bizarre and fantastical exploration of music, faith and friendship, from Total Theatre, Fringe First and Arches Brick winners.‘Recklessly talented….insanely brave’ Guardian In cooperation with Carn to Cove.Tickets £8, £7, Children £4

  • Wednesday 6th July 2011

    Owdyado Theatre: About a Bench


    About a Bench is a charming performance about human communication and interaction. It is the tale of the bench; the silent protagonist that ties together seven stories stretched across decades.

    The two actors brilliantly portray a staggering array of brightly coloured characters, with stories varying from black comedy to tragedy.

    Tickets £8 £7 Children £4

  • Saturday 25th June 2011

    Steven Sogo and Hope Street


    We are delighted to welcome back the amazing band Hope Street from Burundi led by Steven Sogo.   No-one who attended last year’s concert by this band – their first ever outside their home country – will forget the scenes as a full house of all ages simply stood up and danced – in the aisles, on the seats, and on stage – to the intensely natural but pulsating music delivered by Steven and Hope Street.   The tour went on to Womad and beyond, but we doubt if the atmosphere of that night could have been equalled!

    They are back in UK for another visit to Womad and an extended tour – and their return visit to the Tolmen Centre promises another night to remember.    Tickets are still only £9 and £8 with children – and it was the kids who set it all going last year –  welcome at £4.

  • Wednesday 15th June 2011

    Bear Trap Theatre: Bound


    Compelled by the threat of bankruptcy, fishing trawler the Violet and its mismatched crew are forced out into treacherous weather. The new bracingly physical show from Bear Trap Theatre Company. Six actors, five chairs, one table and an ocean. Bound.

    “This is a small but beautifully thought-out piece of work, a sea-bleached story told with passion and performed with real dynamism.” Lyn Gardner.The Guardian

    As it’s a Wednesday performance, Café Tolmen will be open from 5.30 for sensibly priced pre show meals.

    Tickets £9, £8 Children £4
    As a continuation of the now closed Arts Council Free Tickets Scheme we are able to offer reduced price children’s tickets for just £2 if booked in advance.

  • Friday 27th May 2011

    Ovid’s Metamorphoses


    Pants on Fire’s actor-musician extravaganza relocates Roman mythology to 1940’s wartime Britain.

    Cupid – an evacuee with a catapult, Narcissus – a Hollywood Matinee Idol drooling over his screen image and an Andrews Sisters Chorus finding close harmony amid cosmic chaos. ‘75 fantastical minutes from a company that certainly lives up to the cheekiness of its name. A breakthrough show.’

    Lyn Gardner. The Guardian

    Tickets £9, £8 Children £4

  • Friday 13th May 2011

    Peggy Seeger


    American Folk legend Peggy Seeger has written hundreds of songs, many now folk standards. Her partner Ewan Macoll’s song “The first time ever I saw your face” was inspired by her. She is a multi instrumentalist and a mesmeric performer. We are proud to present her at the Tolmen Centre.

    Tickets £9, £8 Children £4

  • Friday 1st April 2011

    Showstopper! The Improvised Musical


    A brand new musical is created from scratch at each performance of this Edinburgh award-winning production, where audience suggestions help to create a show on the spot. The all-singing, all-dancing cast improvise with brilliant and unpredictable results.

    ‘Not only is each performance achingly funny, it’s a genuinely new musical every time. Worth seeing again and again. Time Out

    Tickets £9, £8 Children £4

  • Wednesday 16th March 2011

    Barbershopera: Apocalypse No


    The amazingly talented Barbershopera return with an even sillier story and yet more dazzling vocal skills.

    Barbershop’s funniest quartet present their third a cappella comedy musical – and this time they’re going apocalyptic.

    In association with Carn to Cove.

    Tickets £9, £8 Children £4

  • Tuesday 8th March 2011

    Constantine Feast


    Our annual celebration of Constantine’s talents.

  • Friday 4th March 2011

    Kit Downes Trio


    Mercury Award nominated jazz pianist Kit Downes with bassist Calum Gourlay and James Maddren on drums.

    A breathtaking improviser, and weaver of magical piano soundscapes, Kit Downes is world class’ ….Helen Mayhew, Jazz FM

    Tickets £9, £8 Children £4

  • Friday 18th February 2011

    Malina’s Dream


    Angel Heart Theatre present
    ‘Malina’s Dream’

    Malina lives with Grandpa in the land of the midnight sun. Into her frozen world comes a stranger, whose ship is crushed in the ice. Malina knows only she can save the stranger’s life! Breathtaking puppets, shadow puppetry, live
    music create magical theatre.
    Suitable for 4+years

  • Friday 4th February 2011

    Cube Theatre: Gepetto


    A new play by Jon Welch. 1950’s New York. In a shabby flat a teenage girl auditions for the role of puppeteer for a production of Pinocchio. But all is not as she expects. Geppetto is a heart-rending, but often hilarious story of a broken man’s obsessive search for his own puppet-boy, and how the chance pairing of this odd couple offers them both a glimpse of something lost and something to be yet found.

    Tickets £8,£7, Children £4

  • Saturday 22nd January 2011

    Talk and Taste Day


    As always an exciting mix of Cornish culture and cuisine.
    In aid of the Heritage Centre

  • Wednesday 19th January 2011

    Beauty and the Beast from Mars – Miracle Theatre


    Also Thursday 20th January

    With original sixties inspired tunes from a 4-piece band, live video animation, technical wizardry and huge laughs from Cornwall’s foremost ‘masters of comedy’, Beauty and the Beast from Mars promises to be great all-round family entertainment.

    On Wednesday 19th only, Cafe Tolmen will be open for pre theatre meals from 5.30pm. Booking essential. Tickets £10, £8 Children £6

  • Wednesday 15th December 2010

    Cube Theatre: Pinocchio


    Children’s Matinee

    The dazzling Cube Theatre return with a magical retelling of the classic story. Using two actors and puppets, the show explores the fantastical adventures of the little puppet on the quest to become a real child.

  • Friday 3rd December 2010

    TG Collective


    A glorious combination of gypsy hotclub, flamenco, jazz and contemporary classical influences underpin this superb ensemble.

    The group is centred around the two acoustic guitars of Jamie and Sam,and includes double bass, cajon and trumpet and violin players. “All the strumming and picking and rhythms of gypsy, contemporary, flamenco jazz with a beautiful Bach arrangement thrown in for good measure.”…..Birmingham Post

    In association with Carn to Cove

    Tickets £9, £8 Children £4

  • Saturday 27th November 2010

    Medieval Banquet


    A medieval menu of music from world renowned Ben Salfield, with Friends in Harmony, jugglers, jesters and a delicious three course meal. Pre-booking essential, medieval dress and dancing optional but fun.

    In aid of the Heritage Centre

    Tickets £15

  • Saturday 13th November 2010

    Bareback in Botswana


    The third in the series, Sara and Gia talk about their recent holiday horse-riding with big game in the Okavango Delta. Dancing afterwards to the Sunshine boys

    In aid of the Tolmen Garden Fund and the Okavango Education Project

    Tickets £10 inc. free glass of wine

  • Saturday 6th November 2010




    Following sell out concerts at Blakehay Theatre, Magenta hit Cornwall for one night only. Using acoustic instruments, five voices and a generous sprinkling of humour, they play a range of traditional, contemporary and original songs.

    In aid of the Heritage Centre

    Tickets £9

  • Friday 15th October 2010

    6.0 How Heap and Pebble took on the World and Won


    “… brilliant… it’s intelligent and rather poignant too, in the way it shows two people beaming with misguided optimism in the face of calamity.

    Heap and Pebble just carry on regardless; their fixed smiles never slip even as the polar ice cap melts.”The Guardian

    Tickets £8,  £7 Children £4

  • Saturday 2nd October 2010

    Bob Brozman in Concert


    A rare visit to the Uk by the legendary Bob Brozman, probably the finest performer in the world on the steel guitar.

    A master of slide, finger-style, and percus- sive guitar, Bob’s exhilarating show spans the global and musical spectrum. His playing resonates with elements of blues, jazz, Gypsy swing, calypso, and even the most modern hip-hop and ska beats.

    Tickets £9,  £8 Children £4

  • Friday 10th September 2010

    Universerama with Craig Johnson


    Craig Johnson, Kneehigh performer renowned for his skill and charm has developed this new show Universerama as a blend of storytelling and cabaret. He uses puppets, props,music and comedy to convey the wonder of the cosmos in a funny and informative show for all the family.

    We study the stars, visit distant galaxies, and hear the fascinating story of John Couch Adams, the Cornishman who discovered Neptune. Tickets £8, £7 Children £4

  • Saturday 4th September 2010

    Loveny Male Voice Choir


    The well-known Loveny Male Voice Choir is coming to the Tolmen Centre.
    Melanie Uren will be their guest soloist.

    In aid of the Twinning Association
    Tickets £7.50. Phone 01326 250769.

  • Saturday 14th August 2010

    STRINGENDO in Concert


    On August 14th (yes it’s the middle of the holidays but that’s when they could all get here!) at 7.30 we welcome back Edward Shaw and his “string quartet plus clarinet” STRINGENDO for a gala classical concert.   This is  to raise funds for the land purchase, and the Shaw family, to whom we extend grateful thanks – are arranging for this to be an evening to remember – classical music, chilled wine, light refreshments – and if we’re lucky a chance to view the newly acquired garden to the rear of the Tolmen Centre.

  • Friday 16th July 2010

    Steve Sogo and Hope Street


    Coming to us straight from WOMAD, Steve Sogo and Hope Street. He is a young and very dynamic musician from Burundi who took to the guitar in the middle of the civil war to express his wish to live and to live a normal life.This music is pure, original blues. His songs are a cry for life; full of pain and hope.

    Steve Sogo makes acoustic, hand made music that can be perfectly combined with African traditional sounds in a perfect reflection of his cultural identity and heritage.

    Tickets £9, £8 Children £4

  • Friday 9th July 2010

    BBC Radio 4 Any Questions


    The Tolmen Centre plays host to a live broadcast of one of Radio 4’s longest running programmes.

    The first ever live radio broadcast from the Tolmen Centre.   We don’t know who will be on the panel, but whoever it is,  it’s a first for us!.   There’s already a long list of people wanting to attend, but we are not full yet so if you want to be there – and  maybe even ask a question on air – phone the Box Office number 01326 341353   Its FREE courtesy of the BBC.  It does mean an early start as the warm up sessions  start not long after 7.00 to be ready to broadcast by 8 and continuing until 8.45

  • Wednesday 30th June 2010



    CScape– our resident Dance and Physical Theatre Company – are running a Community Dance project at Trebah Gardens in early July. There are two open rehearsal sessions at the Tolmen Centre – on Wednesday 16th and 30th June: they are seeking 100 dancers of all shapes, sizes, ages and genders so there’ll be room for everyone. Ring Sally (Cscape) Williams on 07793953261 to find out more

    OR JUST TURN UP!! The sessions run from 5pm to 9pm

    (Café Tolmen will also be open on these nights so work up an appetite and then have supper – or vice versa!)

  • Friday 18th June 2010

    JAZZ: Helston School Jazz Band


    Helston School Jazz Band – famous for its quality performances – will be playing at the Tolmen Centre.   Tickets are only £5 and the funds raised will be split between The Heritage Centre and the Tolmen Centre Land Purchase Fund.

    Box Office 01326 341353 to reserve tickets.

  • Friday 7th May 2010

    Barbershopera II


    Barbershop’s funniest quartet. Three guys and a girl tell the tale of a matador who moves to Norfolk – expect laughs, tears and stampeding cows.

    ‘A feast of frenetic ridiculousness and technically superb singing’ – **** (Scotsman).

    Tickets £8, £7 Children £4

    In association with Carn to Cove

  • Sunday 2nd May 2010

    The Sociable Plover


    A superlative mystery comedy thriller set in a bird hide on the Suffolk marshes. Following his superb performance of Under Milk Wood last year, Guy Masterson returns in a two hander with Ronnie Toms. Tim Whitnall’s play is a wrought, taut, exquisitely balanced black comedy that keeps the viewer glued to the seat until the final full stop.

    A multiple five star reviewed show at the Edinburgh festival 2009

    Tickets £9, £8 Children £4

  • Friday 23rd April 2010

    Johnny Cowling


    In aid of Save the Children

    Johnny Cowling has been an entertainer for over ten years with a unique blend of humour, music and a rare ability to bond with his audience.

    One of our great undiscovered comedy talents….brilliant – a true entertainer, who could make anybody laugh.” Fern Britto

    Tickets £8, Conc. £7

  • Saturday 10th April 2010

    Guitar Spectacular


    Following the success of last year’s Guitar Symposium a return visit by Ben Salfield, Horsemen of the Apocalypse and the wonderful Cristofaro/ Ramelli Duo.

    Tickets £9, £8 Children £4

  • Friday 26th March 2010

    Portico Quartet


    A great welcome back to Portico Quartet, who wowed everyone with their sell out show last year. With their second album just released,we look forward to another sensational evening

    “A phenomenon in the making”….The Independent

    Tickets £9, £8 Children £4

  • Saturday 20th March 2010

    Leap: Community Choreography Project


    A weekend event at the Tolmen Centre and Jubilee Wharf offering creative dance workshops for all ages. Even if you have never danced before: babies, teenagers over 50s all are welcome.

    Tel:07876 205050.

  • Saturday 13th March 2010

    Linda Marlowe: The World’s Wife


    A new adaptation of Carol Ann Duffy’s poems, imagining the wives’ perspective of famous men. From Mrs Faust and Frau Freud to Queen Kong and Mrs Midas, this darkly funny show slices through history and myth.

    ‘Performed with awesome style and confidence by the splendid Linda Marlowe… wonderful’ Observer

    Tickets £8, £7, Children £4

  • Friday 5th February 2010

    Cube Theatre: The Locksmith’s Wife


    Every week the Locksmith’s wife reads aloud the next instalment of Dickens’ latest story to an assortment of characters who may have walked out of his novels.

    But when she falls sick, the Locksmith has to step into her shoes and fiction and reality blur as they find themselves facing their deepest secret.

    Tickets £8, £7 Children £4

  • Saturday 23rd January 2010

    Talk and Taste Day


    Our annual celebration of Cornish character and creativity.

  • Saturday 16th January 2010

    James Sherwood – At The Piano


    UK Comedy Tour 2010

    Best Medicine Management (formerly known as Good Sense Of Humour) are delighted to announce the first national tour for Radio 4, Five Live and Sky TV regular: JAMES SHERWOOD.

    “gloriously pedantic and quite brilliant” The Scotsman

    With TV and radio credits ranging from Radio 4’s flagship comedy shows ‘The News Quiz’ and ‘The Now Show’, through to 6Music’s ‘Jon Richardson Show’ and BBC2’s ‘Mock The Week’, James Sherwood is one of the country’s foremost young comedy writers and performers. He is also the creator and head writer on Radio 4’s brand new topical panel show ‘I Guess That’s Why They Call It The News’, and makes regular appearances on the ‘Richard Bacon Show’ (Five Live) and Sky TV’s ‘Evening Press Review’.

    “elegant, intelligent stand-up” The Guardian

    Having recently completed his fourth sell-out Edinburgh run, James has firmly established himself across the country and has a dedicated fan base that return year on year to see his latest show. Always accompanied by his trusty keyboard, he eschews the well-worn path of song parodies and changed lyrics, in favour of original compositions and delightful, self-contained ditties.

    “savage satire” Sunday Times “fantastic” TimeOut

    “piercing” Evening Standard “sharp, precise and ingenious” Chortle

    He’s been compared with Bill Bailey, Marcus Brigstocke, Richard Digance, Tim Minchin and Richard Stilgoe, whilst creating a name and a niche of his own.

    Tickets £8, £7 Children £4

  • Friday 11th December 2009

    Bash Street Theatre Company: Silent Movie


    bashstreet1Bash Street Theatre has an international reputation for outdoor productions combining live music and silent comedy.

    Their new indoor show brings to life all the action, music and comedy of a B&W movie of the 1920s.

    “Kept young and old entranced” Lyn Gardner The Guardian

    Tickets £8, £7 Children £4

  • Thursday 26th November 2009

    Miracle Theatre: Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin


    It is the year 1906 and provincial audiences are eagerly awaiting the return of the Ffitch Repertory Players with their latest offering The Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin.

    It is anticipated that this resourceful troupe of actors will once again brighten the lives of rural folk and bring a glimmer of the the glamour of London’s West End to their very doorstep.

    Tickets £8, £7, Children £4

  • Saturday 31st October 2009

    A Night at the Museum


    Spooky happenings in the Museum. Things to make and things to make you shake.
    Look out behind you!

  • Friday 23rd October 2009

    Cscape: When the Shops Shut


    cscapeWhen the shops are shut for good, when the shutters come down for the last time, when the final homes are bought up, what happens to communities then? Evocative, charming and funny, Cscape brings these communities to life in a vivid blend of dance, theatre, film, poetry and music.

    “Cscape are poetry for the eyes and should not be missed” …Western Morning News

    Tickets £8, £7 Children £4

  • Friday 9th October 2009

    Third Man Theatre Company: Stalag Happy


    stalagStalag Happy is a funny and moving account of a truly inspiring story, portrayed through the use of sharp, comic, often touching dialogue – imaginative and inventive design – and a suitably nostalgic 1940s soundtrack.

    Stalag Happy is a new play dramatising the true story of the abstract artists Sir Terry Frost and Adrian Heath whilst interned in the German POW camp Stalag 383 between 1941 – 45. “Edward Elks and Dan Frost were simply splendid… As thought provoking as it was touching… Well worth seeing twice.”…The Cornishman Tickets £8, £7 – Children £4 In association with Carn to Cove

  • Saturday 26th September 2009

    Cube Theatre: Reality Sandwich


    realitysandwichA new comedy by Jon Welch

    Suzette is a ballet dancer. Morry is a married city worker, on the verge of losing everything, who can’t stop secretly going to see her perform.

    Tonight he’s going to talk to her.

    There’s just one problem.

    She’s dead.

    This is a special scratch performance of a new Cube show. Audience feedback is invited and a “pay what you think it deserved system” will operate. Suitable for ages 12+.

  • Thursday 24th September 2009

    Umdumo Wesizwe


    undomoSoaring harmonies and tip toe dance by eight young men from Bulawayo. Unique vocals laced with Afro pop, RnB and Reggae tell of love, hope, worship and social commentary. “Only eight men, but with enough charisma and energy to light up a continent.”

    The Herald Scotland

    Tickets £8, £7 Children £4
    In association with Carn to Cove

  • Friday 4th September 2009



    chaplinWritten and performed by Pip Utton “A day without laughter is a day wasted”

    Chaplin remains one of the greatest clowns of all time. He created an image of himself for public consumption that hid the darker sides of his personality. Pip Utton steps in and out of the screen and becomes Charlie Chaplin, stripping away the myths and the moustache and revealing the man beneath.

    ‘Pip Utton is the doyen of the Fringe one-man show.’ The Daily Telegraph Tickets £8, £7 Children £4