What’s On

  • Fri
    05
    Jul
    2019
    Sat
    06
    Jul
    2019
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre

    St Austell Players

    Two - 'One Act Plays' 

    StAPs - 2 x 1 Act Plays

    These two plays are directorial debuts for Mandy Hiscock (The Dear Departed) and Rose Lancaster (The Chinese Room) giving them an opportunity to flex their creative muscles and, we hope, go on to direct more productions for the Players.

    The Dear Departed by Stanley Houghton
    This short play is a satire of the degradation of British moral values – especially when there is an inheritance at stake!

    It is a sharp, witty and comic commentary on the state of social and familial norms. Adapted from an original novel into a play, it deals with two sisters squabbling over their father's possessions – the Dear Departed of the title – after one of them, with whom he has been living and who has been looking after him, discovers him cold and unresponsive in his bed.

    The other sister immediately puts in an appearance and disagreements and hostilities arise between them. Their put-upon husbands try to keep the peace, but it is the sisters who hold sway. However, these two greedy women have a surprise in store and the story has an uplifting and amusing twist in the tale.

    The Chinese Room by Andy Hutchings
    This original play, which has only been performed as a full-length production once before, is a thought-provoking premise and treats on technological advances relating to artificial intelligence. It’s an exploration of the moral impact of such scientific experiments and what effect it may have on all of us.

    Three women with very different personalities and backgrounds and who are strangers to each other, have volunteered to take part in a psychological experiment. They do not know what the experiment is or what is expected of them, except that they are locked together in a bunker for seven days with no contact with the outside world.

    They try and work out who they are – not all of them are what they seem – and the purpose of the experiment.

    Has the experiment been a success and who will make it out at the end of the week?

    Tickets in advance : Adults  : £10.00 / Under17s : £8.00 

  • Sat
    13
    Jul
    2019
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre

    To Life Productions: "Vestalia"

    Vestalia

    A new instalment in To Life's  own original 'Summer Plays' anthology, Vestalia tells the tale of an Ancient Roman festival in a glorious collision of colour, dance and theatre.

    In this lively, colourful and energetic performance, ancient traditions and familiar stories combine as we tunnel through the ages  to shine a spotlight on the lives of our ancient predecessors.

    Tickets in advance :
    Adults : £10.00
    Over65s : £7.00
    Students : £7.00
    Under18s : £7.00
    Family (2 Adults/Over65s, 2 Under18s) : £28.00

  • Sun
    21
    Jul
    2019
    2:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre

    To Life Productions

    RoKKK

    presents their latest brand-new, original production

    'Rebellion Of The Kick Back Kids'

    Mischief and chaos are the order of the day when a group of students hears that a greedy businessman’s plan threatens their school’s future – including the much anticipated Summer Show they’ve worked on all year.

    Watch as these rogues go to extreme lengths to save their education and their passion to perform.

    Will that old man go bolting?

    Will their crazy plan work?

    Will the school be saved?

    One thing's for sure, you won't forget the day they fought for the right to be a little bit naughty!

    Tickets in advance :
    Adults : £10.00
    Over65s : £7.00
    Students : £7.00
    Under18s : £7.00
    Under10s : £4.00

  • Fri
    26
    Jul
    2019
    Sat
    27
    Jul
    2019
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre

    Bodmin Musical Theatre Company:  Jesus Christ Superstar

    Bodmin - JCS poster

    Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
    Lyics by Tim Rice

    What’s the buzz?

    The first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to be produced for the professional stage, Jesus Christ Superstar has wowed audiences for over 40 years.

    A timeless work, the rock opera is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally-known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.

    Loosely based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and JohnSuperstar follows the last week of Jesus Christ’s life. The story, told entirely through song, explores the personal relationships and struggles between Jesus, Judas, Mary Magdalene, his disciples, his followers and the Roman Empire.

    The iconic 1970s rock score contains such well-known numbers as “Superstar,” “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Gethsemane.”

    Tickets in advance : Adults : £10.00 / Under16s : £8.50

     

    A true global phenomenon, Superstar continues to touch new generations of audiences and performers.

  • Thu
    01
    Aug
    2019
    Sat
    03
    Aug
    2019
    8:00 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Tango In The Night

    Shows on Thursday, Friday & Saturday!

    Tango in the Night is now in its 6th year, and though we don’t have the opportunity to gig that often, due to band member commitments, for 2019 we intend to do 4 at good sized venues.

    The band has evolved into the perfect Mac tribute, and all the main Mac characters are there, with the very welcome return of Esther Baker to the fold, she is literally the Stevie that Stevie Nicks would like to be and the reason I created the band in the first place!   With a sublime vocal quality that cannot be surpassed, Esther woos with Dreams and Rocks with Gold Dust!

    Bob Seymour is very well known and respected throughout Cornwall as a stand out solo artiste, but he joins us as our Peter Green and vocally absolutely nails it He trades the blues guitar licks superbly with myself and also plays session guitar and backing vocals throughout the show.

    Amy Bellis . . . . .  I didn’t know Amy from Adam, but when I saw her in a pub restaurant one evening looking so much like a young Christine McVie I actually went up to her and asked her if she sang and played keys?!   And what do you know?!    Same voice and same talent too! Amy is an original member of this band, and has a degree in music to boot!

    Steve Yendell is our John McVie and another original member who works tirelessly to emulate John's bass style and sound, he looks and plays the part so well!    Steve has played in many bands in and around London and Sussex, and has been a London studio session player.

    Kev Dodd is our Main man Mick Fleetwood and a former decorated Royal Navy aircrew officer. His technical ability, style and feel and just plain enthusiasm for the drums is inspiring!   It may well be his military background that provides his obsession with getting things just right, but whatever it is he’s obviously the perfect man for the job!

    Our two lovely backing singers Kim and Yvette were part of a fabulous vocal harmony quartet who recorded in our studio over ten years ago, and have years of experience in harmonising, and it shows!

    Ritchard Jones is our great percussionist and has performed with us many times before and is one of the very best around!

    I’m Kenny Barnes and responsible for this lovely bunch, and I play the role of Lindsey Buckingham.  I trained at the RNCM and also run the studio.

    John on Sound and Caroline on Lights make sure the whole show looks and sounds great! Thanks Guys!

     Doors & Licensed Bar from 7.00pm. Shows starts at 8.00pm

    Click Here to Book your Tickets in Advance :  Standard £12.00   
    ( £15.00 On The Door )
    Or Call Cornish Riviera Box Office on (01726) 879500
    Buy over the counter at Tourist Offices in St Ives, Penzance, Falmouth, Truro, St Mawes, Bodmin, St Austell, Looe, Liskeard & Launceston plus The Heartlands, Pool, Redruth

  • Sat
    14
    Sep
    2019
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    London Philharmonic Skiffle OrchestraIf Laughter is the Best Medicine, the LPSO is just the tonic – they'll leave you in stitches!

    The London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra is a breath of fresh air. In a world where everyone is frightened to make a joke, for fear of offending someone, The LPSO is in no risk of offending anyone, except those with no sense of the ridiculous!

    The LPSO appeared at the Arts Centre last year and, just in case you couldn't believe what you saw then – they're back, more insanely brilliant before, with new songs, fresh fun plus one or two of the old favourites thrown in for good measure (although, some say they should have been thrown out!)

    Maintaining the musical comedy tradition of Viv Stanshall, the Bonzo Dog Doodah BandSpike Jones and his City Slickers and, in more recent times, The Old / New Rope String Band and the Ukulele Orchestra of Great BritainThe LPSOmeticulously blend virtuoso musical performances with anarchic, absurdist comedy. Their performances are colourful, bizarre, tuneful and hilarious, incorporating a wealth of instruments, costume changes, and numerous outlandish props.

    Most impressive is the group's seemingly endlesss energy and enjoyable enthusiasm to entertain and enchant. Their boundless exuberance and their skill and versatility of their musicianship drives the show forward and forward, and faster and faster, to a dafter and dafter comical climax, which will leave us all breathless with admiration.

    The LPSO come to the Arts Centre, for one night only, fresh from playing London's Union Chapel, as part of a star-studded bill including Ralph McTellChas and Dave, The Jive Aces, Chris Difford & Billy Bragg, in the show A Night For Lonnie Donnegan, honouring the UK's Skiffle King.

    As seen on Vernon Kay's "Five O'Clock Show"!
    “I love your band – great fun!”  Rick Wakeman
    “Great Night's Entertainment”  Jersey Arts Centre
    The LPSO raised the roof....with laughter, insanity & a fantastic range of every type of music - & musical instrument - possible. The audience left with wide smiles & happy hearts saying:  "We haven’t laughed so much in years!”  Director, King's Theatre, Cheddar
    “Who are you?” HRH Prince Philip

    Reserved Seats
    Click Here to Book your Tickets in advance :
    Adults : £12.50
    Over65s : £10.00
    Under16s : £10.00
    or
    Phone 01726 879500
    or
    Buy over the counter at Tourist Offices in St Ives, Penzance, Falmouth, Truro, St Mawes, Bodmin, St Austell, Looe, Liskeard & Launceston plus The Heartlands, Pool, Redruth

  • Fri
    20
    Sep
    2019
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    The Dolly Parton Story, with Hannah Richards

    Dolly Parton is enjoying quite some 2019. The 8-times Grammy Award winner, singer-songwriter made a show-stealing appearance at this year's Grammys, where she was honoured as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year. A revival of her show 9 to 5 has just opened to rave reviews in London's glittering West End and, later this year, an eight episode series entitled Dolly Parton's Heartstrings, based on the stories and inspirations behind Parton’s most beloved songs will premiere on Netflix.

    So, what better time is there to see a show based on the iconic Country music star's life and career?

    That is exactly what Hannah Richards' show The Dolly Parton Story does. This is no “tribute act”, but an affectionate and accurate look at Dolly Parton through good times and bad, performed in a ground-breaking format that takes its audience on an incredible journey through the highs and lows of Dolly's working and personal lives.

    Featuring passionate and heart-felt renditions of Jolene, 9 to 5, Islands In The Stream, Here You Come Again, Coat Of Many Colours, Joshua and many more, The Dolly Parton Story enjoyed sell out shows with standing ovations at Edinburgh Fringe in 2018.

    Hannah sings the songs and tells the story of the “Queen of Country Music”, from her humble beginnings in the Smoky Mountains to her arrival as an international modern-day icon, idolised across generations, by men and women alike.

    Follow Dolly’s story from her childhood poverty, successful marriage, struggles in the music industry and making the cross-over from country to pop - this is a true rag to riches story that will leave you wanting more.

    Dolly Parton has won an astonishing 153 major awards including eight Grammys and 11 County Music Awards, including the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016,

    What a beautiful performance. Dolly’s Music comes alive in a contemporary way” Dominic King, BBC Radio

    Click Here to Book Your Tickets Online Now
    Standard : £15.00
    Unwaged : £13.00
    Or Call Cornish Riviera Box Office on (01726) 879500
    Buy over the counter at Tourist Offices in St Ives, Penzance, Falmouth, Truro, St Mawes, Bodmin, St Austell, Looe, Liskeard & Launceston plus The Heartlands, Pool, Redruth

  • Sat
    05
    Oct
    2019
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Luke KempnerSince his hilarious tour-de-force performance of his one-man show The Only Way is Downton, at the Arts Centre back in 2014, Luke Kempner has become one of the UK's leading comedy impressionists, with an ever increasing cv of appearances on the top tv and radio comedy shows.

    Luke returns to the Arts Centre this year with his latest show “House of Faces”.

    You can expect top-notch comedy and impressions from Luke that even the stars he impersonates can't belive how accurate his versions of them are!

    After 4 years in the West End with Les Miserables, Avenue Q and South Pacific, Luke garnered global attention in 2012 with his hit viral video Downstairs At Downton. Since then, Luke has gone from strength to strength, taking his one man show The Only Way Is Downton to theatres and festivals across the UK and U.S.A.

    2018 saw Luke return to the Edinburgh Fringe for a sell-out run of his 4th show House Of Faces which he is touring the UK with this year. Alongside his live work, Luke has a burgeoning television and radio career.

    He created and starred in his own review show for ITV2, entitled Luke Kempner’s Impression of 2015. Luke is a regular on BBC Radio 4’s institution The Now Show and News Jack. A regular on BAFTA winning Murder In Successville. He was the breakout star of The Imitation Game on ITV last year and finished the year appearing on the Royal Variety Performance.

    In the Summer of 2016, Luke became the resident comedian on Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit On The Side, he filmed 9 series and has been hailed “a blumin’ genius!” by Dawn French.

    ‘A hugely accomplished impressionist, with the technical skill to jump in and out of a huge range of real-life characters in a beat.’Chortle

    ‘Remarkable, tour de force one-man show... a teatime hour of unalloyed pleasure.’The Daily Telegraph ★★★★

    ‘An evening of fizzing virtuosity... a blissful flight of surreal fancy.’WhatsOnStage
    ★★★★‘Kempner’s performance skill brings numerous characters to life before your eyes and provides an hour of fun-filled entertainment. Broadway Baby ★★★★

    Tickets in advance : Standard : £15.00
    Click Here to Book Your Tickets Online Now
    or  Phone 01726 879500
    or Buy at Tourist Offices in
    Truro, St Austell, St Mawes, Bodmin, Liskeard, Launceston, Falmouth, Penzance, St Ives

  • Fri
    11
    Oct
    2019
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    The Blackheart OrchestraDescribed by the Daily Express as “Ethereal”
    BBC Radio 2 as “A great band”,
    Rock Society magazine as “One of the most extraordinary female voices singing anywhere” 
    and by Genesis Legend Steve Hackett as “Beautiful, powerful and inspiring”

    If you want to cite influences, you could credit Mike Oldfield, Kate Bush, Laurie Anderson, Michael Nyman, but the fact is The Blackheart Orchestra is unique, with a sound and style all of its own.

    Award-winning British songwriters, composers and multi-instrumentalists, Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington are The Blackheart Orchestra.   The pioneering duo blend musical styles seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create music huge enough to fill a cathedral.

    Well known for producing music beyond all easily marketed genres, their multi-instrumental sonic landscapes have always been too unpredictable for pop, too adventurous for the mainstream and too plain weird for folk. Fusing acoustic fragility and pulsing electronica, The Blackheart Orchestra bring together stringed instruments with '80s synthesisers and classical influences.

    Often mistaken for an 8-piece band on first listen, their stage has been described as a ‘musical spaceship’ where they are to be found continuously changing from electric and acoustic guitars, bowed guitar, piano, organ, bass and electronic percussion to vintage synthesisers, omnichord and melodica in a complex choreographed weave of musical moods and textures.

    One moment their sound is minimal and molecular, the next a mountain-like wall of sound with vast symphonic climaxes.

    A treat for the eyes as well as the ears: to witness two people become an “orchestra”; seemlessly, almost invisibly, switching vocals and instruments between them is as mesmeric to watch as their music is hypnotic to hear.

    Their four critically acclaimed albums and mesmerising live shows have won them obsessive worldwide fans, plaudits from musical giants and placements on TV commercials and films. Chrissy Mostyn’s haunting vocals, the multi-instrumental playing of Rick Pilkington, plus their fearless combination of conventional and unconventional all reflect their self-created universe where art meets sound and words paint pictures that take you with them on their deep musical journey into the human psyche.

    Voted #3 Best Unsigned Band of 2019 PROG Magazine Readers’ Poll
    Nominated for The Limelight Award 2018 Progressive Music Awards
    Winner ‘Best British Duo’ Exposure Music Awards
    Voted #4 Best New Band of 2018 PROG Magazine Readers’ Poll

    Click Here to Book Your Tickets Online in advance :
    Earlybird : £11.00  ( £12.00 Full Price ) 
    Tickets are non-refundable
    Plus Special Two-Show Offer £10.00 per show  when bought with Will McNicol & Luke Selby (2nd June)
  • Sat
    12
    Oct
    2019
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Hancock & Co - James Hurn

    Following James Hurn’s sell out tour of 2018, he’s back with his popular One Man-Many Voices celebration of the radio comedy classic, Hancock’s Half Hour. James, a multi-talented actor and impressionist, will be performing a Brand New programme of Hancock & Co. which includes a lost episode of Hancock’s Half Hour and two new episodes he has written himself, with James voicing the entire cast.

    The show is presented in the style of a radio performance in front of a live audience.

    James has an incredible ability to mimic some of the gods of British comedy, but also their timing, style and souls too – Tony Hancock, Sidney James, Hattie Jacques, Kenneth Williams, Hugh Lloyd and John Le Mesurier are all astounding!

    Click Here to Book Your Tickets Online Now
    Standard : £12.00
    Concessions : £10.00
    or
    Phone 01726 879500
    or
    Buy at Tourist Offices in St Austell, Bodmin, Liskeard, St Mawes, Truro, Falmouth etc

  • Fri
    01
    Nov
    2019
    8:00 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Angela Barnes - Rose-TintedFollowing another sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Angela Barnes (Live at the Apollo, Mock The Week, BBC 2's Insert Name Here, BBC R4’s The News Quiz and host of The Comedy Club and Newsjack on BBC R4Extra) is back with her brand new show Rose-Tinted.    With stand up and stories, Angela is trying, really trying, to look on the bright side of life.

    “Feels like a sure-fire bet the instant she utters her opening lines.” The Scotsman.
    “She’s just a gloriously down-to-earth, straight talking and extremely funny comic” The Guardian.
    “The pace is fast, the material strong and the delivery perfect.”  Chortle.

    Click Here to Book Your Tickets in advance :
    Standard : £14.00
    Concessions : £12.00
    Tickets are non-refundable

  • Wed
    27
    Nov
    2019
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Chris Difford

    An evening that's sure to be Cool For Cats!

    He never thought it would happen...
    Chris Difford
    brings his ‘Up the Junction’ tour to the St Austell Arts Centre, providing a string of songs and stories from his incredible life on and off the road, with his band Squeeze.

    Chris is a rare breed. As a member of one of London’s best-loved bands, the Squeeze co-founder has with his collaborator, Glenn Tilbrook, very much “The Odd Couple”! Together they have made a lasting contribution to popular music with hits such as ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Up The Junction’, ‘Labelled With Love’, ‘Hourglass’ and ‘Tempted’.

    Despite the fact that Chris has helped provide the soundtrack to so many fans’ lives since his first release in 1977, the passion for innovation and love of playing still drives him to carry on writing & performing, rather than sit back and admire his handiwork.

    Over the course of a 13 album (40 year!) career with Squeeze, it was clear from the very beginning that Chris Difford has few peers when it comes to smart, pithy lyricism. His street-savvy, witty & wise words and music Chris has drawn plaudits from fans on both sides of the Atlantic, with his influence and style still strong today today.

    Lily Allen and Mark Ronson, Kasabian, Razorlight and The Feeling have all recognised the debt they owe to Squeeze’s music and to Difford’s way with words, while journalists were moved by his winning combination with Glenn Tilbrook to dub the pair ‘The New Lennon and McCartney’.

    Chris first learned to stand on his own when he wrote the lyrics for the fictional band Strange Fruit in the 1998 British comedy film ‘Still Crazy’, for which he won his first Ivor Novello award. Since then he has written and contributed lyrics for the likes of Elton John, Wet Wet Wet, Jools Holland, Paul Carrack, Lisa Stansfield and Bryan Ferry.

    Don't miss your chance to spend an evening in the company of the Grammy nominated, double Ivor Novello award winner and one of the finest singer songwriters of our generation.

    Take him – he's yours!

    (Well, for one night only!)

    Click Here to Book Your EarlyBird Tickets before 1st July !

    Or Phone 01726 879500
    Standard : £18.50     (Full Price - £19.50)
    Unwaged : £16.00    (Full Price - £17.50)

  • Sat
    30
    Nov
    2019
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre

    SOUND OF THE SIRENS

    Saturday, 30th November - 7.30pm

    All tickets: £12.00

    Sound of the Sirens 600 x 600

    SOUND OF THE SIRENS

    Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood are Sound of the Sirens, a contemporary, folk-rock duo whose live shows combine a natural ability for connecting with their audiences and for giving unforgettable performances with warmth, humour and incredible musicianship.

    Sound of the Sirens released brand new album This Time in early 2019 on independent label DMF Records.

    Their debut album For All Our Sins was released in 2017 to wide praise including from R2 Magazine who called it a “stunning debut collection”. New album This Time continues to showcase an evident gift for crafting unique, vivid and enduring melodies with 15 catchy and heartfelt songs all written by Abbe and Hannah, whose voices harmonise beautifully throughout the entire album.

    Read a rave review of their live show here: