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  • Fri
    24
    Nov
    2017
    Sat
    25
    Nov
    2017
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre

    September in the RainIf the dismal autumn weather has plunged you into gloom, come and have a laugh with Toppers Theatre Group when they present John Godber's comedy, 'September in the Rain' at the St Austell Arts Centre.

    Jack and Liz, a Yorkshire coal miner and his equally gritty wife, have their annual September holiday in Blackpool every year.
    We share their journeys, their ups and downs, and their meetings with Mavis, Sam and Mary.
    They take us to Tussaud’s, on the famous Blackpool donkeys, the big dipper, and, of course, into the Tower, on this funny, irritating, nostalgic and poignant adventure.

    Straight off a successful tour in West Yorkshire, Roy Byrom plays Yorkshire miner Jack Monroe, and Julie Johnston his long suffering wife Liz as they go on their annual holiday to Blackpool over the years - through tears, laughter, ice cream and sandcastles.

    September in the Rain charts the life of Yorkshire couple Jack and Liz told through their annual summer holiday jaunt across the Pennines to Blackpool, which has been a ritual for over 40 years.

    It’s the golden age of donkey rides, talent contests, saucy postcards, stripey deckchairs, ice cream, rolled-up trousers and knotted hankies.

    John Godber's hilarious comedy conjures up this lost world so vividly you will almost feel the sand in your socks and hear the rain bouncing off your pac-a-mac.

    Jack is a strong-minded but good-hearted Yorkshire miner who cannot abide dirt and mess in any other part of his life.

    Liz is a Liverpudlian housewife who sometimes cannot understand her husband’s reluctance to hold her hand.

    They bicker, fall out, become friends again.

    Even after the years have passed, the pair are still very much in love with each other and Blackpool.

    Join Jack and Liz as they dip in and out of time together recalling their first holiday as newlyweds, to their last, sharing memories filled with tears and laughter, fish and chips and wet and windy promenades in September.

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  • Fri
    01
    Dec
    2017
    Sat
    02
    Dec
    2017
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre

    Swan Lake - The PlayTo Life Productions presents a mystical and bewitching retelling of Swan Lake.

    With musical elements and a variety of storytelling techniques, we present to you a revived rendition of the timeless classic we have known throughout our lives.

    Normally performed as the popular ballet made famous by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov; the To Life cast are taking the production out of its ballet form and into a play.

    Tickets in advance :
    Standard: £8.00
    Concessions: £7.00 

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  • Sat
    16
    Dec
    2017
    2:00 pmSt Austell Arts Centre

    Pied Piper

    To Life Academy’s junior teams present their fabulous Christmas show.

    This magical re-telling of the classic tale of The Pied Piper is sure to be a fantastic show.

    Tickets in advance :
    Standard: £7.00
    Under 10's: £5.00

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  • Sat
    24
    Feb
    2018
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Steve Knightley Steve Knightley announces highly anticipated 2018 solo tour – and there’s a twist.

    As the frontman and songwriter of British folk heavyweights Show of Hands, Steve Knightley boasts an impressive back catalogue. He’s regularly cited by emerging artists as a source of inspiration.
    But who has ignited and fuelled Knightley’s creative spark throughout his decades of craftsmanship?

    His 2018 solo tour ‘Songs & Stories’ seeks to answer that question. Of course the set list will be peppered with his now-classic gems such as ‘Cousin Jack’, ‘AIG’ and ‘Country Life’. But in a rare glimpse into his personal playlist, Knightley will also be paying tribute to artists such as Dylan, Carthy, Bowie, Springsteen, Tull and Radiohead, all of whom have influenced him greatly along the way.

    Steve Knightley’s enduring appeal is perhaps in some part due to the fact that he is as at home in a folk club in East Devon as he is gracing the stage of a sell-out Royal Albert Hall concert.

    The Show of Hands fanbase extends to luminaries such as Peter Gabriel, who has described them as ‘one of the great English bands’. With his songwriting and commentary more razor-sharp and relevant than ever, Knightley continues to remain at the cutting-edge of folk, roots and acoustic music.

    Steve says, “The 2018 solo tour gives me an excuse to bring out songs from some of my favourite artists, and also to share plenty stories of life on the road – both usually reserved for late nights around a campfire.”

    “Committed and distinctive songs of love, conscience and history” BBC Radio 2

    Don't miss this rare opportunity to enjoy an evening in the company of one of Folk music's legends.

    Tickets in advance :
    Standard : £18.00

    ( Sorry! No Concessions )

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  • Fri
    16
    Mar
    2018
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Phil Beer in concertPhil Beer in concert

    Phil Beer is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music and half of the phenomenally successful Show of Hands.

    A solo concert by Phil is a treat for the ears.  His sublime playing and natural vocals create a range of emotions and images which will remain as happy memories for his audiences a long time after he has taken his final bow.

    A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler and plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. But his skills don’t stop there, he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals.

    Born in Exminster, Devon, he started to play fiddle, guitar and mandolin while still at school in Teignmouth and habitually credits Davey Graham’s Folk, Blues & Beyond as his inspiration for acoustic music.

    He played his first gig at 14 and started working as a duo with Paul Downes in 1974 (their re-union Live at Nettlebed CD was released four years ago on the Talking Elephant label).

    He was then in the Arizona Smoke Revue and a key member of Johnny Coppin’s band. Phil's impressive track record also includes touring with Mike Oldfield and being a member of the feted Albion Band from 1984-1991.

    Show of Hands became a full-time partnership in the early '90s, a band that has gone on to sell out the Royal Albert Hall many times and has been voted Best Live Act, by the public, at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

    Phil, who also has his own Phil Beer Band, famously guested on the Rolling Stones Steel Wheels album and Steve Harley’s Poetic Justice.

    As a composer, Phil has written many numbers including the stunning instrumental The Falmouth Packet for Show of Hands’ album Witness.

    Don't miss this rare opportunity to enjoy an evening in the company of one of Folk music's legends.

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    Standard : £15.00

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  • Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Mitch Benn

     

    “Song after song of exquisitely crafted satire” The Scotsman

    Congratulations!  It's 2018 and you're still here!

    So is Mitch, ( "the country's leading musical satirist" The Times) looking backwards, forwards and sideways trying to make the world a better place, one silly song at a time.

    Join him as he looks back over what for the lack of a better word he still refers to as his "career" and ponders where he - and indeed all of us - might be going next.  

    "A seriously talented laugh-maker, musician and satirist. Mitch Benn should be more widely known and appreciated. He’s Britain’s answer to Tom Lehrer”; The Swindonian

    A stalwart of BBC Radio 4's 'Now Show' for more than a decade, Mitch has also presented many radio specials. Following on from the success of 'Mitch Benn Is The 37th Beatle', a further three specials on music icons Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Elvis have been broadcast - 'The Freewheelin' Mitch Benn', 'Mitch Benn Is The Fat Pink Duke' and 'Mitch Benn Has Left The Building'.
    He also co-presented with Harry Shearer, BBC Radio 2's 'Anatomy Of A Guitar' and presented ‘Spank The Plank' for BBC Radio 4.  More recently, he appeared on (and won) BBC1 television's 'Celebrity Mastermind'!

    “Well crafted, well sung, his songs are just plain funny” The Guardian

    Mitch is the author of two novels, 'Terra' and 'Terra's World' both published by Gollancz and co-author with Jon Holmes of 'The Twitter History Of The World' the paperback edition of which was published by Prion Books.

    Wit, wisdom and wordplay of the highest order!

    “Song after song of exquisitely crafted satire” The Scotsman

    “Mitch Benn remains an optimist, despite the way the world is, and it is his mission to improve the world with words which deflate pomposity and pretence,”
    ★★★★ Scotsgay

    Tickets in advance :
    Adults: £14.00
    Students : £12.50
    Unwaged : £12.50

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