What’s On

  • Sat
    03
    Feb
    2018
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Film : 'Loving Vincent'

    Cast: Douglas Booth, Saoirse Ronan, Jerome Flynn, Aidan Turner, Helen McCrory, Eleanor Tomlinson, John Sessions, Chris O’Dowd, Robert Gulaczyk.

    Directors : Hugh Welchman, Dorota Kobiela.
    'Loving Vincent' is a stunning, fully painted animated feature, starring Douglas Booth and Oscar-nominated Saoirse Ronan

    The film, the world’s first oil-painted animation explores the life and mysterious, controversial death of Vincent Van Gogh, told by his paintings and by the characters that inhabit them. The intrigue unfolds through interviews with the characters closest to Vincent and through dramatic reconstructions of the events leading up to his death.

    Hand painted in oils by around 100 artists, this distinctive animation draws inspiration from the feverish paintings of Vincent Van Gogh to explore the nature of his death. The story is set one year after the troubled painter passes away, from a gunshot wound to his stomach.

    Armand Roulin (Douglas Booth), an occasional model for the artist and the son of postman Joseph (Chris O’Dowd) has been charged by his father to take an undelivered letter from Van Gogh to his brother Theo. Initially unenthusiastic, Roulin plunges into a personal odyssey through which he tries to unpick the details surrounding the death of the “father of modern art”.

    “The fact that every frame of Loving Vincent was oil-painted, in a process that took six years, would be remarkable enough in itself. But painted to look exactly like the work of Vincent Van Gogh? That’s something else.... Corn fields shimmer and rustle with slight flickers of the impasto. The night sky sparkles and swirls. And faces – even the recognisable ones of a noted British cast – pose for a set of portraits that are rarely short of captivating. “  Tim Robey, The Telegraph

    NB Reserved Seats

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    Unwaged : £5.50

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  • Tue
    13
    Feb
    2018
    Sat
    17
    Feb
    2018
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre, 87 Truro Road, St Austell, PL25 5HJ

     

    Babes in the Wood

    Babes in the Wood

    Music, comedy and fun for all the family!

    Tuesday 13th - Sat 17th February.
    Evenings: 7.30pm
    Saturday Matinee: 2.30pm

    Tickets on sale from Burrows Estate Agents: 01726 77748

     

  • 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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  • Sat
    17
    Mar
    2018
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Cardboard Citizen's : 'Cathy'

    St Austell Arts Centre in association with St Petroc’s Society
    present
    Cardboard Citizens : ‘Cathy’
    By Ali Taylor

    Following its 5-Star hit run at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in association with St. Petroc’s Society, Cathy comes to Cornwall, as part of a campaign to end homelessness in the region. Cathy tells the story of one woman’s fight for her home, her life and her rights.

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Reviews Hub ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Fife Today
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Theatre Full Stop ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Scotland's The Daily Mail ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The 730 Review

    Settled …. Until suddenly you’re not…
    Candid, poignant and intimate, award-winning playwright Ali Taylor's critically acclaimed play is a powerful and timely reflection on the social and personal impact of spiraling housing costs, gentrification and the challenges of the forced relocation. Cathy tells the story of one woman’s fight for her home, her life and her rights.
    Exploring resonances in today’s society with the story told in the ground-breaking Ken Loach film, Cathy Come Home, 50 years ago, Cathy is directed by Cardboard Citizens' Artistic Director, Adrian Jackson.

    The performance will include an interactive style debate in classic Forum Theatre style.
    Forum Theatre is a style of theatre that empowers the audience to change the outcome and have their say on one of society’s most topical subjects today meaning every performance will be a completely unique experience.
    Audience members will be encouraged to suggest different actions and outcomes for the narrative, helping to actively engage with the issues that the plays presents and change the course of the character’s lives.
    And, don't worry! Audience members can be as involved as they decide, whether choosing to get up on stage and act themselves or just sit back and watch as the story is rewritten in front of their eyes.
    This revival of Cathy features its original acclaimed cast: Alex Jones, Amy Loughton, Cathy Owen and Hayley Wareham.

    All proceeds from the performance will go to St Petroc’s Society.
    “Our mission is to provide accommodation, support, advice, training and resettlement services to single homeless people in Cornwall. Within resources available, we strive to provide the best quality of services possible. Our primary aim is to provide these services to people aged 16 - 65 for whom no provision is made within the community, either statutory or otherwise.”

    Cardboard Citizens website
    It's Time To Act    
    website

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  • Thu
    22
    Mar
    2018
    8:00 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    To Life Productions 'The Beats of Broadway'To Life Productions
    presents

    Back by Popular DemandTo Life presents their Spectacular Musical Showcase!

    The Beats of Broadway returns with a whole new line up of hits from your favourite musicals, including Oliver!, Les Miserables, Bugsy Malone, Mary Poppins, and many more!

    An evening of classic show tunes brought to you by the talented and energetic Lifers team

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  • Wed
    11
    Apr
    2018
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Maggie Bell & Dave Kelly

    Maggie Bell & Dave Kellyonly appearance in Cornwall!

    An evening with two champions of the British R&B scene: two great voices, two great reputations and one wonderful evening of acoustic blues, soul and good times...... and, no doubt, lots of fun!

    Maggie Bell and Dave Kelly renewed their partnership in 2016 after a two year lay-off with some selected venues and festivals in the UK and Canada, and will tour the UK again in 2018, playing just a few select venues.

    The pair's on-stage chemistry is immediately apparent, stemming from their love and respect for the music they play as well as the deep knowledge of the genre.  Their stage craft is as would be expected from two professionals with a collective experience of 100 years, but this is no slick show wheeled out with any predictability.  Indeed when Maggie and Dave take to the stage 'anything can happen' (and often does!).

    Although both coming originally out of blues/soul explosion of the late 1960s their repertoire is far broader than just that. When they first got together in 2007, they both wished to sing 'any song that took their fancy', so the set includes folk, rock, country, gospel as well as blues and soul.

    Maggie Bell
    Scotland's Queen of Soul, founder member of Stone the Crows, later had an incredibly successful solo career on both sides of the Atlantic, now back on the music scene after a 20 year lay off.  Maggie was a resounding hit at the Led Zeppelin reunion concert in 2008.

    Dave Kelly
    London's slide guitar king, having learned his trade in the backing bands of, and recording with, Howlin Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Son House & Junior Wells to name but five blues legends of his acquaintance.  Dave is a founder member of The Blues Band, still wowing audiences after nearly 30 years on the road.

    One promoter commented:
    "I don't know how they make such a sound with one guitar and two voices - they sound like a full band."

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    Southbourne Road (A390) or Rail Station

     

  • 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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  • Wed
    25
    Apr
    2018
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre, Truro Road, PL25 5HJ

    Gwary Teg

    Roll up! Roll up! Step right this way

    The date is 11th September 1967 and The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour pulls into the Cornish seaside town of Newquay.

    Long-term fan of the band and new Balti House owner Sandeep Chaudary finds himself intricately caught up with their visit.  Events not only lead to him meeting John, Paul, George and Ringo, but also his friends, family and they take their very own surreal tour across the world on the incredible Balti-Celtic carpet ride.

    In this wildly imaginative new play, Alan M. Kent -prize-winning playwright of The Tin Violin, Surfing Tommies and National Minority, takes audiences on an extraordinary journey through time and space.

    Here post-colonialism meets pop -all helped along with a mischievous dusting of (L)ucy in the (S)ky with (D)iamondsand a generous helping of hot and spicy Balti-style Vindaloo…

    Praise for the plays of Alan M. Kent:
    “Last year’s Surfing Tommies was a cracker…” The Sunday Times
    “I have only praise for Alan M. Kent’s writing. He has an amazing ability to use Cornish history deep-rooted within the character and their lives and then combine it with the sort of comedy that has you roaring with laughter.” Cornwall Today
    “Pick of the week? Surfing Tommies – Alan M. Kent’s award-winning drama.” The Guardian
    “The most important Cornish writer of the twenty-first century.” Le Monde
    “History and drama combined in perfect harmony.” Historia
    National Minority is a striking play… the same breath of vision – and a particular human longing – as Irish Drama of the last century. The dialogue is always well written and is totally natural. ” Edward Bond

    N.B. This event is suitable for ages 14+

  • Wed
    16
    May
    2018
    Sat
    19
    May
    2018
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Noel Coward's 'Relative Values'

    There is trouble at Marshwood House.
    Felicity, the countess, is dismayed that her errant son plans to marry an American movie star, Miranda Frayle, rather than “someone of his own class”.
    But the countess's displeasure is nothing compared with that of her maid, Moxie, who threatens to quit Marshwood before Miranda arrives.
    The action hinges on the countess's plan to keep Moxie while scuppering the marriage.
    Coward’s satire of snobbery and the class system is stark reminder of former times and attitudes.

    Reserved Seats
    Licensed Bar open from 7.00pm. Play starts at 7.30pm

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  • Fri
    08
    Jun
    2018
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre, Truro Road, St Austell, Pl25 5HJ

    The Cause :
    An imagined meeting between two great rebels.

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    Written by Natalie McGrath & Directed by Josie Sutcliffe.

    1913. Revolution stings the air. In an orchard two women meet in secret.

    Their actions have divided them. Divided a nation. Split their cause in two.

    What happens when the two women are suffrage leaders and rebels; Emmeline Pankhurst and Millicent Fawcett?

    The Cause considers the impact that a lifetime of political campaigning has on an individual.

    Asking how far would you go for what you believe in? Marking the centenary year of the first votes for some women in 1918, this dynamic production has an original musical score by Sarah Moody (Devil’s Violin) and film animation by artist Catherine Cartwright, projected for thrilling visual effect.

    Brought to you by Dreadnought South West who toured Oxygen celebrating the great 1913 women’s pilgrimage in 2013.

    Dreadnought South West   website

    Supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring programme, Exeter City Council, Foyle Foundation, Fawcett Devon

    (Image by Matt Austin)

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool

    Starring : Annette Benning, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Kenneth Cranham & Vanessa Redgrave.

    Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool is a comedy-drama, based on the true story of the romance between the ageing Hollywood movie star Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) and fledgling actor Peter Turner (Jamie Bell), 29 years her junior .

    Bening gives a towering performance as Gloria Grahame and Bell is teamed once more with Julie Walters, who plays his mother, 27 years after they were previously on screen together in Billy Elliot.

    There is a great on-screen spark between Bening & Bell; as they fall in love with each other, the audience begins to fall in love with both of them, willing their relationship to succeed.

    The writing is sympethetic, honest, funny and touching.  Screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh (author of Control, Nowhere Boy and The Look of Love) finds the perfect pitch for the film.  He skilfully adapts Turner's autobiography and was awarded with a BAFTA nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

    The film is set during the later years in the life of  the American actress Gloria Grahame (who died in 1981).  It recounts her unlikely last-gasp love affair with Peter Turner, a struggling English actor. When they met, in a London boardinghouse in 1978, he was 26 and she was almost three decades older, striving to supplement a waning film career with stage roles.

    Once a major star, (having won an Oscar in 1952 for “The Bad and the Beautiful”), Grahame excelled at playing knowingly sultry floozies. She played Ado Annie in the movie version of Oklahoma and Violet Bick, Bedford Falls femme fatale, in the classic movie It's A Wonderful Life.

    As an unknown, young actor in the late 1970s, Turner met and fell in love with Grahame who, incredibly, was living in the same North London boarding house.  She was looking to maintain her fading career through working on the English stage.

    Their relationship faltered but Turner receives a 'phone call: Grahame had collapsed in her dressing room while on tour in the UK, and had asked to come and stay with Peter and his family (Turner's parents brilliantly played by Julie Walters and Kenneth Cranham) in Liverpool, convinced that she could recover there. And so, the two are brought together one final time.

    Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool is a bewitching story of Spring and Autumn, star-crossed lovers, told with tremendous warmth and tenderness.
    A film not to be missed.

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    Unwaged : £5.50

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  • Sun
    08
    Jul
    2018
    3:00 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    ToLife Academy : 'Dreamland'To Life Academy
    present
    'Dreamland'
    To Life’s junior teams present their mystical and magical original work summer show – Dreamland!

    Let us take you on a journey through the weird and wonderful world of dreams

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    Under10s - £4.00

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  • Mon
    23
    Jul
    2018
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Dean Friedman 40th Anniversary UK Tour

    Dean Friedman first delighted UK audiences with his chart-topping hit, Lucky Stars.

    The now classic single, paved the way for a slew of hits from Friedman'scritically acclaimed album, "Well, Well, Said the Rocking Chair", including  Lydia, Rocking Chair, Woman of Mine and Ariel.  In a very short time, Friedman had achieved legendary, pop-icon status.

    2018 marks the 40th Anniversary of Friedman’s classic, debut album and to celebrate this milestone occasion, Dean is touring a live show of his album, together with other favourite songs from his amazing four decade career.

    Dean has earned a loyal, international following with his insightful and compelling, true-to-life ‘story songs’.  Songs including Saturday Fathers, Jennifer’s Baby, Under the Weather and It’s My Job, have prompted enthusiastic audiences to proclaim his songs ‘the soundtrack to their lives’, dealing, as they do, with family, friends, neighbours, work and the seemingly trivial, yet all are ultimately compelling and testimony to the art of a master songsmith.

    His songs with their catchy tunes and clever, witty lyrics are, in turns, intelligent, perceptive. humorous and poignant. He is recognised, by critics and fans alike, as one of the finest songwriters of his generation.

    Join Dean for a memorable evening of songs and stories about the ordinary and extraordinary lives we all share, performed by this gifted and likeable singer-songwriter.

    "Amazing Talent!" - Sun 
    "Songsmith extraordinaire!” – MusicWeek 
    “Dean Friedman is entirely unique and utterly brilliant” – 
    ThreeWeeks

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  • Fri
    16
    Nov
    2018
    8:00 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Simon Evans : 'Genius'Simon Evans : 'Genius'

    Simon Evans is one of the most exciting and distinctive talents to emerge on the comedy circuit in recent years. He is a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4 as a regular on The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth and Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive.  Simon also contributes material to Lee Mack's BBC hit sit-com, Not Going Out.

    Ever since he was a small boy, all Evans really wanted was to be recognised by the world as a man of genius. He has, until now, remained thwarted.

    The world seems increasingly indifferent to true genius of any kind, let alone Evans’. Endlessly distracted by the trivial, we allow the classical tools of grammar, logic and rhetoric to lie unregarded in the shed of consciousness, rusting to a picturesque hue that would actually look really great on Instagram. But which filter?    Hmmm…

    'Super-sharp wit' (Time Out).
    'Wields language like a rapier' (Scotsman).
    'Please clap'
    (Jeb Bush).

    Rated 14yrs+ (Parental Guidance),  likely to be swearing and adult content.

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