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

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

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

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

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Love Me Restore Me – £8500 raised

I cannot thank everyone enough for the amazing support given for our ‘Love Me Restore Me’ Campaign. Not only have we reached our target but we have exceeded it by £250. Wow and double wow!!!

What a team/crowd effort – knowing you are there behind this project because you know the importance of the building to the community is phenomenal.

Big hugs from all at the Tolmen Centre

Tracey Clowes xx

Tolmen Spring Gallery

From January: Figurative paintings by Jo King celebrating film noir, pop art, portraiture and life studies. His work is exhibited, published and collected internationally.

From February 24th: Drawings by Lynne Treloar, which focus on the artist’s passion for rural life, are shown alongside photographs documenting local history. Much of the work was made at Carwythenack Farm.

Café
Open
7:30pm
Saturday 30th March

Twisted Tales

‘Owdyado Theatre

Twisted Tales is a hilariously dark triple bill of riotous comedies that reveal the darkness under the domestic, the lengths people will go to for love, and how to wash blood stains out of a carpet. Inspired by cult series TheTwilight Zone and Inside Number Nine, this series of dark comedies is co-written by Daniel Richards and Charlotte Bister and distinguished Cornish writers Brett Harvey and Jon Welch.

Tickets £10, £8, 14-18 £5

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Tolmen Summer Gallery

April/May: ‘Character and Setting’ – an exhibition of etchings by John Howard RE – from his time as artist in residence at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, and Hugo Jones – whose portraits capture expression through line, finding movement in the contours of the face.

June/July: Contemporary still-life paintings by Si Hamling who studied painting and printmaking at Falmouth School of Art.

Café
Open
7:30pm
Wednesday 3rd April

Safety not Guaranteed

From the producers of Little Miss Sunshine. Three cynical Seattle magazine employees discover a mysterious eccentric named Kenneth, who believes he’s solved the riddle of time travel.

Tickets £4

Café
Open
7:30pm
Wednesday 24th April

Leave No Trace

After living off the grid in Oregon for years, traumatized military veteran Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom, are picked up by social services and forced to integrate back into society.

“deeply intelligent story of love and survival in the wild”…The Guardian

Tickets £4

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Café
Open
7:30pm
Sunday 28th April

Talisk

Sottish firebrands Talisk have stacked up several major awards for their explosively energetic yet artfully woven sound, including 2018’s Belhaven Bursary for Innovation & 2017’s Folk Band of the Year both at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award.

Mohsen Amini – the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the Year 2018, Hayley Keenan and Graeme Armstrong seamlessly meld concertina, fiddle and guitar to produce a multi-layered, enthralling signature that has effortlessly captivated audiences from the USA to Australia, and throughout the UK.

Appearances at world-leading festivals – including the Cambridge Folk Festival, Denmark’s Tønder, WOMAD UK and Las Palmas, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Celtic Colours, Milwaukee Irish Festival and five successive outings at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections – have amassed a die-hard following, whilst the world’s folk and world music media have also lauded high credits upon the trio. The release of their hotly anticipated second album, Beyond, in October 2018 was met with a five-star ‘Top of the World’ review in Songlines, praising the band as “incredibly infectious and endearing… fresh, invigorating, accomplished and playfully frisky.”

Tickets £11 – Under 12s £5.50

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Café
Open
7:30pm
Thursday 2nd May

1927 Theatre – Roots

A preview showing.

We need to know who we were, so we can imagine who we might be.

Acclaimed theatre company 1927 (Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, The Animals and Children Took to the Streets) has unearthed a series of rarely told folktales that offer a glimpse into imaginations from a pre-industrialized age. Tyrannical ogres, magical birds, and very, very fat cats are brought to life with the company’s signature fusion of handcrafted animation and storytelling, with a live score. We are incredibly lucky to have this preview showing of their newest work before it premieres in America.

Tickets £10

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Café
Open
7:30pm
Wednesday 8th May

Shoplifters

Coming home on a freezing night after a hard day stealing from supermarkets, Osamu and Shota come across a little girl shivering in the cold. Impulsively, they take the poor homeless waif in for a few days. A complex, subtle,mysterious film that builds to the mostextraordinary surprise ending.

Tickets £4

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Café
Closed
7:30pm
Wednesday 15th May

In Our Hands – Seeding Change

Presented by Transition Constantine

This film explores the daily reality of nine real life farmers who refuse to be ground down by the machinery of big agribusiness. A way of farming that will bring “life to the soil, a fair wage to the farmer and a flavour to the tomato.”

Tickets £4

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Café
Open
7:30pm
Saturday 18th May

Kim & Andrew Lowings

Daughter and Father duo Kim and Andrew Lowings have been writing and collaborating together since 2011. The pair have become well established on the British folk circuit and together form half of the band Kim Lowings and The Greenwood. As a duo they are able to showcase their songwriting skills and the intricacies of their acoustic sound with a warm and captivating stage presence. The sound draws together mountain dulcimer, guitar, bouzouki and piano to resonate with Kim’s lyric writing and arrangements of traditional folk song.

Tickets £9 – Under 12s £4.50

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Café
Open
7:30pm
Wednesday 22nd May

Apostasy

This powerful film was nominated for a Bafta for outstanding British debut in 2019. A faithful Jehovah’s Witness is forced to shun her own sister because of a religious transgression. Gradually she starts to question her belief.

“a supremely intelligent and gripping drama.”…The Guardian

Tickets £4

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Café
Open
7:30pm
Monday 3rd June

The Dawn Wall

Legendary free climber Tommy Caldwell tries to get over heartbreak by scaling 3000ft of an impossible rock face, the Dawn Wall of El Capitan.

Tickets £4

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Café
Open
7:30pm
Friday 7th June

Medical Maelstrom

Presented by Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust

We are thrilled to welcome back the hilarious Medical Maelstrom in an evening of musical entertainment in aid of HRCST. Medical Maelstrom are three doctors, who also happen to be rather good at music. Expect an evening of song,reflections on the humancondition and a large dose of humour to lift the spirits.

Tickets £12, Children £5

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Café
Open
7:30pm
Wednesday 12th June

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury.

Tickets £4

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Café
Open
7:30pm
Saturday 15th June

MacQuarrie and Toms

MacQuarrie and Toms formed in 2014. Since then they have played throughout the UK and Europe. In 2018 the duo were featured artists at Festival Interceltique de Lorient, the same year that they also supported Fairport Convention as part of their 50th anniversary tour.

Most recently the duo played with Welsh Folk Group Jamie Smith’s Mabon, to perform a commission piece to mark the 40th year of the Lowender Peran Festival in Cornwall.

Since their formation the duo have released 2 EPs, both of which have featured on BBC Introducing and in 2017 they won the International Pan Celtic Instrumental Duo competition in Ireland.

MacQuarrie and Toms aim to bring Celtic Folk music to a wider audience by combining traditional playing techniques with modern effects.

Tickets £9 – Under 12s £4.50

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Café
Open
7:30pm
Friday 28th June

In Loyal Company

David William Bryan

Bursting with energy and bold theatrical strokes, David William Bryan tells the true story of his great uncle Arthur who never thought of going to war until the Liverpool bombing raids of the Second World War. In May 1941, he joins up. Deployed to Singapore, his ship is destroyed by Japanese dive bombers and he is declared missing.This extraordinary true story of survival is a dramatic tour-de-force.

Tickets £10

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Café
Open
7:30pm
Saturday 6th July

William Dalrymple

Constantine Book Club Plus presents:

Multi award-winning William Dalrymple is the bestselling author of many books including In Xanadu, White Mughals, and most recently his collaborative book, Koh-I-Noor. Born in Scotland he now lives in Delhi with his family. A ‘master story-teller’ his work is meticulously researched. This is a rare opportunity to hear him speak in Cornwall.

Tickets £5

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Café
Open
7:30pm
Saturday 13th July

London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra

The LPSO are much morethan a skiffle band! Theyare a musical/comedy showband following in the tradition of Spike Jones and his City Slickers but with a modern slant.

To the LPSO skiffle means “anything goes” as long as it is musical, entertaining and fun. Their performances are energetic, colourful, bizarre, tuneful, virtuoso and hilarious.

Tickets £11