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Hello all Tolmen supporters:  WE ARE STILL HERE!   The Tolmen is closed – furloughed – probably for the rest of 2020, but be sure we will be back when all this virus stuff is behind us – even if it needs a vaccination to get us there.

While we are closed down we are taking the chance to get the Roof renewal project under way.   We have just about scraped enough funding together to allow it to proceed  – driven by the immense energies of our Chairperson Tracey Clowes – and it makes sense to get it done during this period of forced closure.

In the meantime, have a read – and a laugh  – at  the article copied below from  The Stage magazine by Ben Duke from LOST DOG DANCE about the joys of Rural Touring. 

Those lucky enough to be at his two dance/theatre shows (Paradise Lost and Juliet and Romeo) will remember two of the best things  we were lucky enough to attract to the  Tolmen Centre.  We get a nice mention too!   Thanks Ben.

Also,  to remind yourself of things we have done pre-lockdown,   browse through the listing of our past shows on the website www.tolmencentre.co.uk you’ll be reminded of the amazing things we’ve managed to bring to Cornwall over the past 15 years.   

Theatre shows from  Kneehigh, Miracle, Pipeline, Theatre Adinfinitum, Paper Cinema, 1927 Theatre,  Luke Wright –   among many:

And numerous equally amazing music shows – Ralph McTell and Wizz Jones, Talisk, The Budapest Cafe Orchestra, Peggy Seeger, all those Guitar Festivals a few years back.   
And countless Movies:   And Book Club events:  And Art Exhibitions:  And Cafe Tolmen  supporting all these.

Literally hundreds of performances.   Far too many to list in fact.   

So we have the track record – the history.   And we will need to make more history when we get the whole show on the road again after the pandemic.  It won’t be easy.   We’ll need support.  We’ll need new helpers as well as the old hands.   But  make no mistake –  The Tolmen Centre will return to action. 

People like what we do.  We like doing it.  And perhaps the lovely Ben Duke – echoing Lyn Gardner – sees too what we know – that small scale venues, run by enthusiasts, serving their local communities, offer great future prospects for live performance in  remote – and not so remote –  places

Here’s to the reopening of The Tolmen Centre – whenever it happens

Charlie and Barbara and the Tolmen Team

PS.

Don’t forget to try your hand with our ‘Through the Window’ project.

All you have to do is create something – on paper or online – faintly linked to the big Tolmen Centre window. Then send it to the special email address shown below.

It’s hoped that this will lead to an outside exhibition in the Tolmen Centre porch in August and also on our website www.tolmencentre.co.uk

So join in and have a go! 

We hope the theme will be a creative springboard, which can be broadly interpreted in any medium. The view through the window can be real, remembered or imagined; past, present, or future.

Looking out or looking in, unrestricted by lockdown…….. It could even be a design for a stained-glass window. You could also draw the wall surrounding the window, it could be an old stone wall or interesting wallpaper….

Click here for an image of the big window at the Tolmen Centre. Right-click, download and print out at A4 to use as a framework/starting point for your artwork. If you are using paint, it’s a good idea to print the image onto thin card or reasonably thick paper. The ‘art tip’ is to draw across the window bars and then go over them with a dark pen.

Things are uncertain at the moment, but an outdoor exhibition in the porch over the August Bank holiday would be fun, we would also like to show a selection on the website. Let us know if you are taking part, by emailing a picture of your work any time before 15 August, so that we can contact you about the exhibition. The email address is: cectoc54@gmail.com

Also if you use Instagram, please tag @tolmencentre and hashtag #tolmencentre and #throughthewindow.

With the artist’s permission, once the weekend is over, we would like to choose 5 designs to be made into cards which would be for sale in the museum to go towards the renovation of the Tolmen Centre windows. Each individual artist would be credited on the card.

Look forward to seeing your work!

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

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

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

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

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