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Friday 1st December

We Are Brontë

Publick Transport

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

In association with Carn to Cove

Tickets £9, £7, Family £25

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Past Productions

The Tolmen Centre has built up an excellent reputation for presenting high-quality original drama. Miracle, Cube, Cscape, and Pipeline theatre companies are regular visitors both to perform and to develop new work. These are some of the productions we’ve featured at the Tolmen Centre over the past few years:

  • Thursday 19th October 2017

    Finding Joy

    Vamos Theatre

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

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

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

    In association with Carn to Cove

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  • Saturday 7th October 2017

    The Conductor

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

    Tickets £10, £8

    Book Online

  • Saturday 15th July 2017

    Police Cops

    The Pretend Men

    We are thrilled that the Pretend men have recovered from the car accident that caused the postponement of this great show in February.
    The Pretend Men’s critically acclaimed, multi award-winning comedy blockbuster Police Cops is an action-packed hour of adrenaline-fuelled physical comedy, cinematic style and uncompromising facial hair.

    Tickets £10, £8

    Book Online

  • Thursday 25th May 2017

    Odyssey

    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

  • 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

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  • 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.

  • 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

  • Friday 25th November 2016

    Here I Belong

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    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

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  • Wednesday 19th October 2016

    Pipeline Theatre: Spillikin

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    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

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  • Thursday 13th October 2016

    And Then Come the Nightjars

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    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

    theatre503.com

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  • Thursday 6th October 2016

    Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me)

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    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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  • Saturday 17th September 2016

    What I Learned from Johnny Bevan

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    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

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    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.

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

    Swivelhead

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    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+)

    pipelinetheatre.com

  • Thursday 30th June 2016

    Trevithick starring Kernow King

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    “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 14th May 2016

    The Gods are Fallen and All Safety Gone

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    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

    greyscale.org.uk

  • Sunday 20th March 2016

    ZONK FM

    MIRACLE ZONK FM

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    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)

    miracletheatre.co.uk

    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

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    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

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    “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

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

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  • Thursday 28th January 2016

    Transports

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    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

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    ‘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:
    Websitewww.worklighttheatre.co.uk
    Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/WorklightTheatre
    Twitter: @worklight_uk  (#Labels)

    Tickets £10/£8

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

    The Candidate

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    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.’

  • Saturday 3rd October 2015

    Dick Tracy

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    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

    Taste

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    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 10th July 2015 to Sunday 12th July 2015

    Spillikin

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    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.

  • Sunday 21st June 2015

    Every Brilliant Thing

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    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

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    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: savethechildren.org.uk/about-us/emergencies/nepal-earthquake

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  • Friday 15th May 2015

    64 Squares

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    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

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    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

  • Friday 20th March 2015

    Crazy Glue

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    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

  • Thursday 26th February 2015

    After the Accident

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    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

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    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

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

    Miracle Theatre: Dr Livingstone I Presume

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    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

  • Friday 5th December 2014

    Medical Maelstrom

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    …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.

    DON’T MISS THIS CHANCE TO SEE THIS UNIQUE ACT THAT WILL LEAVE YOU WITH A SMILE ON YOUR FACE AND ACHING WITH LAUGHTER. THE ARTISTS ARE GIVING THEIR SERVICES FREE OF CHARGE TO MAKE THIS A VERY SPECIAL FUND-RAISING CONCERT FOR THE TOLMEN CENTRE. WE EXPECT A SELL-OUT SO BOOK WELL AHEAD. A GREAT START TO THE FESTIVE SEASON!

    Tickets £10 

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

    Pipeline Theatre: Streaming

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    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+ 

  • 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 18th October 2014

    Pendulums Bargain Emporium

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    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 

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    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

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    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 5th July 2014

    A Little Nonsense

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    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 31st May 2014

    Major Tom

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    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.

     Recent press activity:

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    Press Contact: Dan or Emma at Mobius 020 7269 9929 | dan@mobiusindustries.com or emma@mobiusindustries.com

  • Sunday 11th May 2014

    The Case of the Frightened Lady

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    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 3rd May 2014

    Peace Before The Storm

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    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 www.jcos.co.uk

     

  • Saturday 12th April 2014

    You’re not like other girls, Chrissy

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    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)

  • Saturday 15th March 2014

    The Wardrobe Ensemble: 33

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    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

  • Friday 21st February 2014

    Carmen and Mimi – Lessons in Love

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    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 31st January 2014 to Saturday 1st February 2014

    The Ballad of The Burning Star

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    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 www.theatreadinfinitum.co.uk

    TICKETS CAN BE RESERVED ON 01326 341353

    £12 (£10 concessions)

  • Friday 29th November 2013

    Little Soldier: You and Me

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    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

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    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.

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    In association with Feast and Cornwall Film Festival

    Tickets £9, £8

  • Saturday 19th October 2013

    cube theatre: Aubade by Jon Welch

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    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

  • Saturday 5th October 2013

    Wurlitza: Sunrise

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    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

  • Friday 21st June 2013

    Oxygen

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    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

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

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    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+

  • Friday 17th May 2013

    The Fantasist

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    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)
    £7.50

    7.30pm
    Salley Vickers (Acclaimed novelist)
    £7.50

    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.

  • Saturday 23rd March 2013

    Pinocchio

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    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

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    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 rhumandclay.com where you can see details of their nationwide tour with this show.

    Tickets £10, £8, £4

  • Friday 1st March 2013

    A Soldiers Song

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    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

    “ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL WAR PLAYS EVER MADE!”

    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)

  • Friday 1st February 2013

    The Last Illusion

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    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

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    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

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    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.

  • Friday 26th October 2012

    The Paper Cinema: The Odyssey

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    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

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    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

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    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 15th June 2012

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

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    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

    ‘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

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    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)

  • Friday 23rd March 2012

    Teasel Theatre: Grisly Tales from Tumblewater

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

    Shylock

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    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 2nd December 2011

    Loot

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

    The Animals and Children Took to the Streets

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    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

  • 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

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    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

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    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

  • 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

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    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 1st April 2011

    Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

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    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

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    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

  • Friday 18th February 2011

    Malina’s Dream

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    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