What’s On

  • Sat
    02
    Jul
    2022
    2:00 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Cornwall Performing Arts :

    'Elements'

    Cornwall Performing Arts presents their Summer production - "Elements".

    Exploring themes of Earth, Air, Fire and Water, our performers have put together an array of original pieces of theatre, dance, movement and music - with a few classic feel good numbers thrown in for good measure!

    Let us take you on a journey from ancient palaces to enchanted castles, through every genre from fiery choreography to rip roaring comedy, as we meet an array of characters from abandoned princesses to planet pioneers, curious adventurers to plotting Queens and everyone in between!

    The programme includes a performance from StormBox Theatre company's latest work.

    Doors Open at 1.30pm. Show starts at 2.00pm

    Tickets in advance :
    Standard : £10.00
    Over65s : £7.00
    Students : £7.00
    Under16s : £7.00
    Under10s : £5.00

    Free Car Parking On-Site.
    Licensed Bar, Soft Drinks, Tea & Coffee and Snacks

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  • Sat
    30
    Jul
    2022
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Film : St Just OrdinaliaFilm : 'St. Just Ordinalia'
    (Cert. PG)

    In September, 2021, at the historic site of Plen an Gwari, St Just, there was a series of open-air repertory performances of all three Ordinalia plays (Origo Mundi, The Passion and The Resurrection).

    The epic production gave audiences an opportunity, if desired, to join in with Cornish Language, dancing and sea-song sessions, watch Cornish wrestling, listen to the history of St Just's Plen an Gwari and to wander along the town trails and heritage walks.

    The cast perfectly created and delivered the aim of the original plays to impress the Christian bible stories on the local population.  With creative, moving, dramatic, witty and farcical scenes adapted from the original by local playwright Pauline Sheppard, the actors, supported by a 34-strong choir, performed at the top of their game.

    Over 150 costumes were designed and made for the cast. A team of 27 set builders helped to create and build the set and, in all, over 230 volunteers helped to make the dream a reality.

    Watch the trailer for this epic production, below.

    The film version being shown of this unique occasion includes scenes from each of the three plays,complete with an introduction, interviews and other special features.

    This is your opportunity to re-live this remarkable event, or to experience for the first time, this extraordinary celebration of Cornish heritage and culture.

    'The spirit of St Just's Ordinalia should be bottled up and made available on the NHS!' ; Ted Lean, Project Director

    'This was a successful, major community event that could not fail to arouse intense admiration and not a little envy from any outsider' ; Professor Sally Mackey, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

    Door Open and Licensed Bar from 7.00pm. Film screening starts at 7.30pm
    ( Running times is 125 minutes including an interval )

    Reserved Seats
    Free On-Site Parking

    Tickets in advance : Standard : £5.00  
    ( £6.00 On The Day )
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  • Fri
    19
    Aug
    2022
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre
    Sun & Moon Theatre
    "I do love nothing in the world so well as you. Is not that strange?"Join us for this hilarious, bold, and bittersweet show featuring love, deception, confrontations, and second chances.
    Suitable for all ages, enjoy a perfect summer’s evening with Shakespeare’s most enduring romantic comedy showcasing a vivacious ensemble, razor-sharp wit, and live music. Sun & Moon Theatre are delighted to be showcasing it at St Austell Arts Centre!

    Sun & Moon Theatre will be touring this summer with a joyous, vibrant production of Much Ado About Nothing, one of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies.

    It's 1945, the war has ended, and Messina’s young men have returned ready for peace, celebration and … romance?
    Hero and Claudio are in love and engaged to be married, while Beatrice and Benedick are in a perpetual ‘merry war’, engaged in battles of wits and wills. But not everyone has come back unscathed, not all scars are visible, and the spread of misinformation has its consequences ...

    Reviews of past shows:
    ★★★★★ "Creative genius … a magical production. I can't wait to see what happens next!"
    ★★★★ "Shakespeare at its best. Catch this dynamic theatre company, whether you are a fan of Shakespeare or not … you soon will be!"
    ★★★★ " A summer’s delight … charming and funny."
    ★★★★ 'Such a talented cast’
    "This production succeeded in magnificent style. Boasting hilarity and heart in equal measure, Sun & Moon harnessed the comedy’s madcap energy while foregrounding the very human, very relatable relationships that make this play tick."

    Photo credit: Matt Austen
    Doors and Licensed Bar from 7.00pm. Play starts at 7.30pm
    Free Car Parking

    Click Here to Book Your Tickets in advance :
    Standard : £12.00
    Over65s : £10.00
    Under18s : £10.00
    'Benefits' : £10.00

    About the company:
    Based in the South West, Sun & Moon Theatre specialise in Shakespeare and their ethos is making Shakespeare for all, focusing on producing accessible and entertaining productions for a wide range of audiences.
    They love to explore the text, working with Quarto and First Folio scripts as a springboard to actors’ development, and always ask 'Why this play now?'.
    They produce indoor productions, open-air productions, workshops and one-to-one sessions. They adapt their show to every audience and performance space and their goal is always to entertain and invite their audiences to share in brilliant stories, text and characters that have stood the test of time.

    Their previous productions and projects, both indoor and open-air, include Swindlers, Follies and Schemers (2011), Let’s Misbehave: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2013 and set in the 1920s), Twelfth Night (2013), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (with Brite Theater) (2014), Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off: Much Ado About Nothing (2014 and set in the 1940s), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2014 and set in the 1980s), The Sun and the Moon (2015), The Tempest (2015), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (2016 and set in 1959-1961), Shakespeare by the Quay (2017), Twelfth Night (or What You Will) (2017-18 and set in 1917), As You Like It (2018 and 2021 and set in the present day), All the World’s a Stage (2018-19), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2019 and set in the 1990s), From Shakespeare with Love (2020), Austen Readathon Series: Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility (Virtual events in 2020).

  • Sat
    27
    Aug
    2022
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Neil Maya QuartetThe Neil Maya Quartet :
    Cartoon Jazz : (From Be-bop to Betty Boop!)

    A fantastic, fun evening of your favourite cartoon theme tunes & songs played like you've never heard them before!

     Playing the best in jazz from the cartoons, The Neil Maya Quartet injects some Yabba Dabba Doo” into your favourite looney tunes – from The Flintstones to FrozenTop Cat to Toy StorySesame Street to The Simpsons.

    It’s jazz – but not as we know it!!!

    The Neil Maya Quartet’s latest projects takes tunes from the cartoons and gives them the jazz treatment creating a high quality, fun evening of wonderful music.

    Tunes include Spiderman, When You Wish Upon A Star, The Pink Panther, The Flintstones, Some Day My Prince Will Come, Alice In Wonderland, Sesame Street, You’ve Got A Friend in Me, Let It Go, Give A Little Whistle and many more.

    The Neil Maya Quartet is one of the Southwest's finest Jazz Outfits and has toured extensively throughout the region and beyond over the last 20 years.

    The Quartet recorded its first album, "Out Of The Woodshed" in 2006.    The second album Bread and Circuses followed soon after in 2009.

    The Quartet launched  its highly successful Brubeck Project in 2016 recording a live album in Devon’s Meavy Village Hall in 2017

    The band consists of Neil Maya on saxes and clarinet and triangle, Tom Ball on keyboards and melodica, Kev Sanders on double bass and Gary Evans on drums (but not triangle!)

    Release your inner child, throw-off your inhibitions and relive your childhood. 

    The memories will flood back; you won't be able to resist a smile, or stop your toes tapping!

    That's all Folks!!!

    Doors Open and Licensed Bar from 7.00pm.  The Show starts at 7.30pm

    Reserved Seats
    Free On-Site Car Parking

    Tickets in advance : £12.50    ( £14.00 On The Day - So Book Early ! )

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  • Fri
    30
    Sep
    2022
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Get Ready For A Banjo Party!!

    “Beautiful and wild, there are no boundaries here. Something I have never heard before.”  Jerry Douglas
    “I was utterly blown away by these guys. Exquisite musicianship. My gig of the year.”  Ralph McTell

    Damien O'Kane is regularly seen playing banjo & guitar alongside his wife Kate Rusby in her acclaimed band.
    Similarly, Ron Block is the ever-present stalwart of US country superstar Alison Krauss's band..

    Now, we’re all used to the colloquial phrase “Brother from another mother,” but when Ron Block’s wife, Sandra, met Damien’s Mum, Colette, she was moved to go one step further and exclaim, “No honey, they’re brothers from the SAME mother,” so alike did she find the two men in character.

    No wonder, then, that when Ron came to Rusby HQ to play on the album "20 in 2012", they found plenty in common, from playing the banjo, to a grounding in their own traditions of music, to the craic of enjoying a beverage or three in each other’s fine company.

    “We should make a banjo album together,” they agreed almost straightaway. And then promptly succeeded in not doing so for another two years.

    ‘I really like this project a lot. It’s incredibly well played and recorded, nice surprises with the guests!! Anyone that likes Irish and American roots music will love this record.’; Ricky Skaggs

    They eventually made Banjophony and released it in 2018.  It began as a single track, recorded in 2014, and remained a one-track record until Ron came to the UK to tour with Sierra Hull in 2016.

    Ron and Sierra stayed at Pure Studios during the Underneath The Stars Festival, enabling them to create five tracks from scratch and record them live during two highly productive days. It gave them the core of songs and the momentum they needed to finish off what became a “joyous” experience and a “bucket list thing” for both men when they met in early 2018 to complete the masterpiece.

    Take two people who know their scenes inside-out, put them in a studio and add a heady dose of bromance, and you get a crossover of Irish banjo and bluegrass banjo that has never quite been offered before.

    Just when cultures were feeling rather divided globally, Damien and Ron gave us something between distraction and hope. They gripped us firmly by the lapels and yelled the wondrous phrase, “Let’s talk about banjos.”

    Deliverance puns aside, a bit of their unity and outright sense of fun didn’t go amiss in delivering us from the potential misery of that particular year.

    ‘Banjophonics is an inspirational album composed with sonic and cultural influences from both sides of the Atlantic , forging a new and innovative sound. The 4 & 5 string banjos of Damien and Ron, a unique and beautiful combination, are exquisitely played on this pristine recording. The energy, groove and technique on Banjophonics will inspire musicians of any genre and bring joy to all music lovers’- Gerry ‘Banjo’ O’Connor.

    When you look at their backgrounds, they’ve followed similar trajectories. Both began playing at a young age, immersed in their local scenes: Ron in Southern California and Damien in Coleraine, Northern Ireland.

    They’ve both played fundamental roles in bands. Ron’s big gig came in 1991, when he joined the mighty force of Alison Krauss’ band, for whom Grammy and Bluegrass Awards have rained down plentifully over the years. Damien played with Irish/Anglo supergroup Flook among others, before joining Kate Rusby’s band in 2008 (before exchanging wedding bands in 2010).

    Damien has also been nominated twice at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and hailed by none other than Jo Whiley as a ‘sonic architect.’ So, what is the appeal of a duet that’s basically one bloke from someone else’s band and another bloke from someone else’s band playing some music together?

    That’s an easy one: essentially, there’s a whole lotta banjo!

    Banjos are often more than noticeable in the mix of a full band’s sound, fast-fingered and fuel for the fleet-footed. Sometimes a banjo even gets a solo. But with Damien and Ron, it’s more like ‘banjo squared’ in their output than the mere addition of one banjo to another.

    There’s a heapin helpin of mutual respect, particularly for Ron’s eloquence and for Damien’s improvisational flair. More than anything, there’s that oneness, which comes across both on stage and on record. It’s something about being brothers - from some mother or other.

    “I challenge banjo non-believers not to be moved by this transatlantic banjo union.” – Lynette Fay, BBC Radio Ulster

    Damien and Ron started working on their new record Banjophonics in April 2019. They recorded a bunch of tracks and met up again at Pure Studios to record more in November 2019 after a tour in the UK. The men had planned to finish the record in April 2020 but a certain pandemic got in the way! They release Banjophonics on July 1st, 2022. A real treat for banjo lovers worldwide, they will tour the UK and Ireland in the summer and autumn, with full band, to showcase another masterclass on tenor and bluegrass banjos and how their respective traditions meet and unite in perfect and thrilling harmony.

    ‘I really like this project a lot. It’s incredibly well played and recorded, nice surprises with the guests!! Anyone that likes Irish and American roots music will love this record.’ – Ricky Skaggs

    The full band is:
    Ron Block on banjo, guitar and vocals.
    Damien O’Kane on tenor banjo, tenor guitar and vocals.
    Duncan Lyall on double bass and moog.
    Ali Hutton on guitar and stomp

    Doors Open and Licensed Bar from 7.00pm.  The Show starts at 7.30pm

    Reserved Seats
    Free On-Site Car Parking

    Tickets in advance : £18.50    ( £20.00 On The Day - So Book Early ! )

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  • Fri
    07
    Oct
    2022
    8:00 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Suzi Ruffell: Snappy

    Suzi Ruffell likes things snappy: her stand up, her decisions and her suits.

    A multi-award nominated comedian, Suzi's brand new show is all about settling down (but not settling), becoming a mother (without becoming mumsy) and still worrying about everything (of course she is, have you seen the news?!).

    Her last tour, 'Dance Like Everyone Is Watching', received great critical acclaim and was recorded as an Amazon special. Suzi has also appeared on numerous shows such as Live At The Apollo, The Jonathan Ross Show, QI, The Last Leg, and Womanhood, to name but a few.

    Suzi is also known for her hugely popular podcasts 'Like Minded Friends', with fellow comedian Tom Allen and 'Out'.
    Her many radio appearances include BBC Radio 4's The News Quiz and The Now Show.

    “instinctively, exquisitely funny from the moment she sashays onto the stage… a crowd-pleasing show packed with punchlines.” Evening Standard  

    “a very likable presiding spirit, combining daft physical comedy… with disarming emotional candour” The Guardian

    Doors Open and Licensed Bar from 7.00pm.  The Show starts at 8.00pm

    Reserved Seats
    Free On-Site Car Parking

    Tickets in advance : £14.50    ( £16.00 On The Day - So Book Early ! )

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  • Fri
    21
    Oct
    2022
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Remi Harris & Tom Moore
    (Jazz & Blues guitar & double bass)

    A new show from an Arts Centre favourite!

    Acclaimed guitarist Remi Harris and double bassist Tom Moore present an evening of music ranging from the acoustic jazz of the 30s and 40s to the electric blues of the 60s and 70s; influenced by such greats as Django Reinhardt, Peter Green, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix and more

    Remi has been performing with Tom for over ten years, during which time they have developed a remarkable musical affinity. Since graduating from The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Tom has performed around the UK and has appeared at prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall and The North Sea Jazz Festival, and more recently supporting Jools Holland.

    The show features an eclectic mix of jazz and blues standards, original compositions, improvisations and new arrangements of familiar tunes. Remi plays a variety of acoustic and electric guitars.

    The ease and warmth of Remi’s stage presence, together with his virtuoso talent, will have concert goers captivated by his passion for the guitar.

    "Remi's an absolutely extraordinary musician"; Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
    "astonishing stuff" ; Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 2 & BBC 6 Music
    "Brilliant" ; Martin Taylor MBE
    "a tremendously gifted player” ; John Etheridge
    "Terrific” ; The Telegraph
    "extraordinary" ; R2 Rock'n'Reel Magazine
    "a remarkable musician", "Fantastic" ; BBC Radio 3

    Doors Open and Licensed Bar from 7.00pm.
    Show starts at 7.30pm

    Tickets in advance : Standard : £13.00    (  £14.50  On The Day )
    NB Tickets are non-refundable.

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  • Fri
    04
    Nov
    2022
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Celloman : Panacea Album ReleaseCelloman"Panacea"
    Album Release UK Tour

    Celloman has been active for over 20 years under various guises including an electric band, acoustic string trio, and solo cello.

    Having released 7 albums and performed extensively across the UK & abroad, including major festivals such as Glastonbury, Womad, Sauti za Busara (Zanzibar) and Exit Festival in Serbia, Celloman are back with a UK tour to promote the release of ‘Panacea', the first full band studio album since the 2009 release of Sharptown.

    The 5-piece band has a big reputation and sound consisting of electric cello, electricviolin, drums, bass, percussion and sampled beats. A sound that is a unique fusion of world music, jazz and classical mixed with African and Middle-Eastern rhythms. In addition, Panacea adds a Classical Baroque flavour into the mix.

    Alongside his work with Celloman, cellist Ivan Hussey has had a distinguished career as a session cellist, performing and recording with the likes of: Mick Jagger, Soul II Soul, Incognito, Jay Z, The Lighthouse Family, Snow Patrol, Annie Lennox, Duran Duran, Gabrielle, Natacha Atlas, Smoke City, Shaun Escoffrey, Third World, Lee ‘Scratch’Perry and many more.

    Celloman is supported by Pablo Hussey who presents his spiritual sound of bamboo flute on Roots Reggae, whilst introducing his debut album.
    Quotes :
    “A Beautifully-constructed meeting of sweeping classical strokes, ethnic percussion, artful samples and an ear for grown up ‘pop’ music”
    Making Music
    “The band were tight, and the playing superb. To die for!” Festivals UK
    “Their combined rhythmic impetus was strong enough for any dance audience. Very impressive” The Evening Standard
    Doors and Licensed Bar from 7.00pm. Show starts at 7.30pm
    Reserved Seats
    Free Car Parking
    Click Here to Book Your Tickets in advance : Standard : £12.50
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  • Sat
    12
    Nov
    2022
    8:00 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Bumbling wordsmith and fondue-set winner on Richard Osman's House of Games, Ivo Graham, returns to live comedy to discuss three years of heavy-duty pranking, parenting and procrastinating.

    A former winner of The Joke of the Edinburgh Fringe Award ( "I've got an Eton College Advent Calendar, where all the doors are opened by my father's contacts" ), Ivo also received a nomination for Dave’s 2019 Best Comedy Show of the Year Award.

    He has been seen/heard on Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo, Have I Got News For You, British As Folk, and hosted a very popular Lockdown Zoom Quiz.

    "A hugely enjoyable evening of stand-up comedy" (The Times)

    "Has 'Star-In-The-Making' coming off him like steam" (The Telegraph)

    Strictly 16+, likely to be swearing and adult content

    Doors and Licensed Bar from 7.00pm. Show starts at 8.00pm
    Reserved Seats
    Free Car Parking

    Click Here to Book Your Tickets in advance :   Standard : £14.00

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    Phone CRBO on 01726 63513
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