The Tolmen Centre is at the heart of village life in Constantine, Cornwall. Many residents and friends enjoy events here; a wide and loyal audience has developed for the varied arts programme, and the Centre has built up an excellent reputation in the Cornish arts community.
Miracle, Cube, Cscape, and Pipeline theatre companies are regular visitors both to perform and to develop new work.
The Café Tolmen is often open for meals when there’s an event at the Centre. Please call us on 01326 340630 to pre-book your meal from 6pm.
The Tolmen Centre is a not-for-profit organisation entirely run by volunteer help – no-one gets paid for their time. This creates a rather special ethos around the place – and allows us to be ambitious in what we promote and undertake.
Spring Season 2022
In accordance with current government policies, we are relaxing our restrictions on audience numbers. The decision on the wearing of face masks for our volunteers and for our audience will be left to individual choice. We will continue to provide good ventilation and hand sanitation as needed, and urge people not to attend if they have any symptoms of respiratory infection. May we remind you that our online ticketing agency offers insurance against cancellation, and you can also reassign your tickets to others if you are unable to attend, free of charge. We will no longer be offering refunds in the event of Covid infection. As summer approaches we hope that the pandemic will recede and that we can welcome back all our loyal supporters.
ADVANCE BOOKING ONLINE ONLY
April / May
Mollie Silver Exhibition
Saturday May 28th
The Blackheart Orchestra
The Blackheart Orchestra are a two person orchestra playing up to 13 instruments in their unique live show. Their symphonic use of vintage synthesisers, acoustic and electric guitars, mandola, bass, bowed guitar and percussion, piano, organ, omnichord and melodica creates powerful, highly emotional music that has been described as a modern day Pink Floyd, a more accessible Portishead and with many comparisons to the creativity of Kate Bush.
Their highly acclaimed album Mesmeranto entered the Official UK Rock Chart at No.18 hailed as “A mesmerising powerhouse” “An avant-garde musical utopia” and “A life-enhancing listening experience”. Singer Chrissy Mostyn was voted No.8 in a UK female vocalist poll and named “One of the most extraordinary voices singing anywhere today”.
With awards including Best British Duo, a Limelight Progressive Music Award Nomination and being voted in the UK’s Top 4 Best New Bands, plus performances at the London Palladium and Royal Albert Hall, The Blackheart Orchestra are two voices and thirteen instruments that create a unique musical experience that is truly ground-breaking.
Sunday May 29th
IMS Prussia Cove
We welcome back the superb musicians from the international seminar at Prussia Cove for a world class concert of classical music This year will showcase international soloists and musicians from across the world, an experience not to be missed.
In association with Carn to Cove
June / July
Rae Gray Exhibition
“I live in the Cornish countryside where I spend my summers searching for insects, collecting feathers, sun bleached skulls and interesting looking rocks – I love to share my love of nature through my art.”
Wednesday June 8th
Buddy is a boy on the cusp of adolescence, whose life is filled with familial love, childhood hijinks, and a blossoming romance.Yet, with his beloved home caught up in increasing turmoil, his family faces a momentous choice: hope the moment will pass or leave everything they know behind for a new life.
Friday June 10th
Unlost: A Journey of Self-discovery and the healing power of the wild outdoors
Local author and adventurer Gail Muller talks about her adventures on the 2200 mile Appalachian Trail, and how the experience helped her to heal both mind and body. For fifteen years she struggled with musculo-skeletal issues and chronic pain. In 2019, after years searching for cures for her physical and mental health, she realised it was time for a profound change.
The evening will include finger food and a bar, book sales and a quiz.
Doors open 6.30pm, talk starts at 7.30pm.
Sunday June 12th
Toronto-based duo Brenley MacEarchen and Lisa MacIsaac bring their heart-wrenching songwriting and luscious harmonies on tour to Cornwall. With nine albums to their credit and a host of folk music awards to their name, they are a joy to experience. Madison Violet’s songs have featured in influential magazine MOJO’s Top 10 playlist, as well as CBC Radio 2’s Top 20, and received a mass of international acclaim from outlets such as the BBC, Maverick Magazine, NPR and Germany’s WDR, where the duo featured on the station’s list of ‘Best Bands of All Time’. Their 2014 single These Ships was remixed and released on one of the largest US dance labels, Ultra Records, garnering over 1.2million plays on Spotify, and counting.
“Heartaching harmonies and tunes make Madison Violet a must-see act” – The Independent.
Wednesday June 22nd
The French Dispatch
Amazing visuals, lots of laughs and an A-list cast – including Bill Murray – make Anderson’s tribute to the New Yorker a real treat. The quirky staff of an American magazine based in 1970s France puts out its last issue, with stories featuring an artist sentenced to life imprisonment, student riots, and a kidnapping resolved by a chef.
Saturday July 2nd
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Forgetful Heart – the love songs of Dylan and Cohen
With “Forgetful Heart,” Barb continues her love affair with the work of two of the most important songwriters of the 20th Century. Through the lockdown, she thought about love, and in particular the love songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, from their earliest explorations to their most recent recordings.
Working with her longstanding collaborator Jenny Carr, Barb will include Forgetful Heart, What Happens To The Heart, If You Gotta Go, Go Now, I’ve Made Up My Mind To Give Myself To You, and So Long Marianne, among more treasures.
“Barb Jungr interprets [Dylan and Cohen’s] work with a ferocity and truthfulness that demolishes every cover version you’ve ever heard” – New York Times
Sunday September 18th
Coming from Zimbabwe, Black Umfolosi are inspired by the traditional song and dance of Southern Africa, and combine acapella singing with vibrant dancing. Their performances are energy driven and completely engaging, mixing a great gentleness of spirit and song with an exuberance in dance.
“They have an incredible way to sing, to dance, a beautiful presence on the stage. Their simplicity, naturalness and cheerfulness was a beautiful present” – Milan Festival
Saturday October 29th
The Trials of Cato
Formed in Beirut, the band returned to the UK in 2016 and set to performing tirelessly up and down the country, leading to BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe hailing them as “one of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times.” Their debut album, Hide and Hair, gained attention in national publications, received repeated national airplay on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music, and won Best Album at the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Following a year of wall-to-wall touring across the UK, Europe, and North America in 2019, the band’s march was halted by the live silence of the global pandemic. Now, they emerge from their chrysalis transformed. As ever, ‘The Trials Continue’ – but this time the multi- talented instrumentalist and singer Polly Bolton joins their ranks.
The Trials of Cato’s hotly anticipated second album is scheduled for release later this year. Entitled Gog Magog, the album is named both after the mythical giant of Arthurian legend and the Cambridgeshire hilltop, where the new album was recorded during lockdown.