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  • Comedy

    • Fri
      7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre

      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
      7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre

      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
      7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre

      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

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      All tickets: £12.00 
      Tickets are non-refundable
    • Sat
      7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre

      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
      Phone 01726 879500
      Buy at Tourist Offices in St Austell, Bodmin, Liskeard, St Mawes, Truro, Falmouth etc

    • Fri
      8:00 pmSt Austell Arts Centre

      Angela Barnes - Rose-TintedFollowing another sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Angela Barnes (Live at the Apollo, Mock The Week, BBC Radio 2's Insert Name Here, BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz and host of The Comedy Club and Newsjack on BBC Radio 4 Extra) 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
      7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre

      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!)

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      Or Phone 01726 879500

      Standard : £18.50     (Full Price - £19.50)
      Unwaged : £16.00    (Full Price - £17.50)

    • Sat
      7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre


      Sound of the Sirens 600 x 600
      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.

      Click Here to Read a rave review of their live show 

      Click Here to Book Your Tickets Online Now   :  £12.00
      Or Phone 01726 879500
      Or Buy tickets at Tourist Offices in Truro, St Austell, Bodmin, Liskeard etc

    • Tue
      7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre, 87 Truro Road, St Austell, PL25 5HJ

      David-Mynne - door knocker

      Kneehigh Theatre favourite & co-founder Dave Mynne, last seen in Kneehigh's Fup, playing Grandad, now takes on Charles Dickens' perennial much-loved Christmas tale, A Christmas Carol.

      Joy to all mankind?   Bah!

      Spend an evening in the company of a mean, tight-fisted, squeezing, grasping, clutching old miser. Bah!

      Watch horrified as Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted by four creepy ghosts(wooo-oooh) each one more terrifying than the last.  Bah!

      Sob at the bedside of a tiny, malnourished child riven with rickets.  Bah!

      In their inimitable style, the team that brought you Great Expectations, Dracula and The Odyssey (Greek stuff!) will now take you on a grim journey through the dark, dismal streets of Victorian London, where Ignorance and Want cower together.

      This is Dickens’ original words with added silliness.   Silliness?     Bah!

      Celebrate the festive season with a mesmerising one-man performance of Charles Dickens’ timeless, transformative story: A Christmas Carol.

      Christmas?   Bah! Humbug!

      Suitable for adults and older children (10+)

      Directed by Simon Harvey.
      Performed by David Mynne.
      Adapted by Andrew McPherson.
      Additional script by Simon Harvey and David Mynne.
      David Mynne is a Cornish actor and a founder member of Kneehigh Theatre.

      A Christmas Carol was beautiful - apparently simple theatre with just one actor but you go home remembering a cast of dozens! He is a genius”. Richard Wolfenden-Brown: Director The Plough Arts Centre.

      What the audience said:
      “Just brilliant! We loved The Odyssey and this was even better. Thank you!"
      "Incredible performance... and by one man! Very enjoyable for kids, parents and grumpy dads!"
      "Absolutely the best show I’ve seen this year."
      "It was incredible. He must know the book inside out! “God bless us, everyone”!"
      "Excellent. Inventive and creative."
      "Great fun."
      Fun? Call that fun? Bah, Humbug!"

      Tickets in advance : 
      Adults : £10.00,
      Benefits : £7.50
      Child : £5.00
      Family : £25.00

      Click Here to Book Online Now 
      Or Phone 01726 879500
      or Buy at Tourist Offices in Truro, St Austell, Bodmin, Liskeard etc