Tolmen Movies is moving downstairs for the winter season. With more comfy chairs and sofas, you can enjoy snacks and hot soup while you watch a great film in comfort. The cafe will still be open for full meals before the film.
From June until September the Tolmen Centre will be home to an exhibition of paintings by Hilary Hendra.
“Whilst working outside in Port Navas some years ago I decided to alter course. These paintings are the result of that journey. ‘From Trengilly’ was an early endeavour; ambitious projects like ‘Vicarage Terrace’ and ‘Market Day’ were to follow. All the scenes should be familiar to anyone living in or around Constantine. Perhaps one day they will provide a record of life in a Cornish village at the turn of this century.”
Over the summer, we are seeing the arrival of a complete set of specially designed upholstered seat cushions for the Tolmen Centre theatre. Ever since the Centre opened as a performance place in 2002, we have been beset by the lack of comfort offered by the original wooden church pews. These are part of the ‘listed’ features of the building and can’t be physically altered – even if we wanted to.
In fact they are such an intrinsic part of the old chapel, and contribute so much to the much loved ambience of the Tolmen Centre, we would never want to replace them with modern theatre seats. So the compromise has been to commission made-to-measure upholstered foam cushions. These should make them more comfortable – or at least, much less uncomfortable! The Tolmen Centre’s days as a place of ‘numb bums’ may be over! If you have been reluctant to attend our performances because of the seats, please try the new seating – and hopefully you’ll be persuaded to come more often!
We are very grateful indeed to Cornwall Council’s Halls for Cornwall Fund for a substantial grant to cover this improvement, without which we would never have been able to afford the considerable cost: and to Perham Upholstery from Treverva who have designed and made the cushions for us. The new Autumn programme of events is just being distributed – pick one up from the Tolmen to see what’s on offer between now and Christmas.
Broadcast live from the Tolmen Centre.
It’s your chance to ask a question and influence debate on the popular Radio Four programme. Free entry. Pre-booking essential.
The programme for the start of 2015 at The Tolmen Centre is being prepared over the next few weeks. A couple of exciting dates are already in place for January. On Saturday 10th we will host the third – and probably the best ever – ‘Feast of Fun’ with a lovely mix of lighthearted locally produced comedy followed by a party with live music, food and fun for all. The following week, January 17th, we have a treat for lovers of folk music: a concert from Steve Knightley, one half of folk legends Show of Hands. There’ll be plenty more to savour in the early 2015 programme. The de- tails will appear on the website www.tolmencentre.co.uk and in the leaflet which will be distributed in the New Year.
Meanwhile, November brings the new play from Pipeline – ‘Streaming’ – which plays for three nights in early November. There’s more folk music later in the month (see right), and in December, ‘Medical Maelstrom,’ followed by the welcome return of Miracle Theatre with ‘Dr Livingstone I Presume’ to provide pre-Christmas entertain- ment for all the family.
Finally, we have restarted the legendary Tolmen Family Drama Group sessions on Thursday nights. There’s already a full complement of youngsters, but more grown- ups are needed to balance the group. Learn about making theatre by joining in with this vibrant group – all you need is enthusiasm and commitment, and being able to turn up on Thursday evenings. Phone Tod Welch on 01326 341045 to find out how to get involved.
Some kind soul has nominated us for the West Briton (WOCA) Awards as Best Theatre Venue in Cornwall. Obviously we are delighted and proud, though as the result will be determined mostly by ‘social media’ ie Facebook and Twitter which we don’t really understand or use, we haven’t a chance of winning – especially against The Hall For Cornwall and The Minack who are in a different league from us at The Tolmen Centre. We are community based, in a small village, run by volunteers – a minnow among venues. An honourable last place beckons!
However, we are proud of our record of promoting cutting edge theatre in Cornwall and being both careful and ambitious in what we put on. We also have a good record for having shows developed at our venue – no fewer than 13 companies in the last few years – from 1927, Theatre Adinfinitum, and Paper Cinema – nationally famous names – to most of the best known Cornish companies – Kneehigh, Miracle, Pipeline, Cscape and Cube amongst others have made work with us.
So if any folk feel like whipping up a storm of support for us, the link to circulate for voting is copied below:
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