Fri05Jul2019Sat06Jul20197:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre
Two - 'One 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?
Sat13Jul20197:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre
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
Fri26Jul2019Sat27Jul20197:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre
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 John, Superstar 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.”
A true global phenomenon, Superstar continues to touch new generations of audiences and performers.
Fri06Sep20197:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre, 87 Truro Road, St Austell, PL25 5HJ
Touch Theatre presents 'Splendour' by Abi Morgan
How do you try to shape history when you are in the midst of social unrest?
Do you participate, observe, record events for posterity, or collaborate with those in power?
These are the fundamental questions for the characters in Abi Morgan’s 'Splendour', Touch Theatre’s latest production.
In the opulent drawing room of a Presidential Palace, a western photojournalist awaits the return of the dictator to take his portrait. He is late, very late.
The dictator’s wife, her best friend, and an interpreter wait with her. In a vodka haze, Prada shoes and light fingers tap out the time.
All 4 women harbour secrets and suspicions.
All 4 are in danger.
This is the day that revolution comes to the palace.
Abi Morgan’s devastating play allows us to glimpse into the minds of 4 women as they grapple with life, truth and honour.
About Touch Theatre
Touch was formed in 2015. We have an unashamed preference for female playwrights, powerful roles for female actors and the intimacy of small ensemble pieces.
Our award-winning 2017 piece, Madeleine George’s 'Precious Little', was very well-received by audiences and reviewers:
Hauntingly beautiful, and wonderfully paced and delivered
This director had the strength and skill to develop the story and characters in our opinion just as the writer would have wished
Our 2018 production of Caryl Churchill’s 'Escaped Alone' was described as:
‘A gripping piece of theatre’ with ‘some lovely comic moments’ from a ‘cast who were uniformly terrific’
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Sat07Sep20197:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre, 87 Truro Road, St Austell, PL25 5HJ
A great evening of music and fun!
Soff says: “This is an evening of the music hall of old, meeting the new millennium! Instead of a starchy singer, in tight fitting corsets and oversized hat, of Music Hall days, you get me, a sultry singer in a more comfortable outfit and with an oversized bottom!
Mind you she and I are just as cheeky!”
The idea of The SoFF Music Sing series is a fun evening out for all ages to enjoy while being encouraged to sing along with song sheets and special guests of the show, plucked fresh from the very audience.
There will be chances to win prizes and a special prize for ladies to nominate a husband, son, father or even boyfriend for a segment of the show.
The entire evening will have a quiz running through it with clues within the songs for even more prize give always.
You should have face ache from smiling, laughing and singing by the time it’s all over!!!
About Lauren Dalrymple
“A vibrant performer of lustrous textures and energy – imparts her own soul-jazz flavour and rich vibrato always pushing at the constraints of the pop-jazz techniques while holding the vibe!” John Fordham – The Guardian
“…She has the ability to hold an audience in the palm of her hand and keep them there”. Mike Flynn – JAZZWISE Magazine
British born of Guyanese parents, vocalist Lauren Dalrymple has been singing since the age of 8. Initially singing in choirs in venues such as The Royal Festival and Albert Halls, she continued on to Backing Vocals session work, before going solo at the age of 19.
Her brand ‘SoFF Music, Sistah of the Fuller Figure Music’, has encouraged the bringing together of audience and musicians and has successfully done so, mainly through SoFF Music jam session and SoFF Music Live Lounge which have run in London for 23 years.
“It’s not enough to sing at your audience. You need, when possible, to get them involved and 100% enjoy the experience they share right alongside you”.
Wed06Nov20197:00 pmSt Austell Arts Centre, PL25 5HJ
Date: Wednesday, 6th November 2019
(Cornish word meaning 'longing for home' )
A Film of the Theatre Show and the Making of a Documentary
1914. West Cornwall. Harry Elton is starting a new life below the ground mining for tin.
Across the channel, a great war rages.
When the British Army arrive with an unexpected offer, Harry and his friends swap the dirty, dark and dangerous tunnels of Geevor for the deadly underground warzone beneath the Western front.
‘You battle everyday with nature. You fight to drag minerals from the ground. You’re already fighters. You’re already warriors. Its time for you to lend those skills to the war effort’.
This epic production tells the untold story of Cornwall’s forgotten war heroes and the unique impact they had on the First World War.
Featuring a cast of professional actors and a community chorus, 'Hireth' marked the centenary of the end of World War 1 in the Grade-II listed St Just Miners’ Chapel in November 2019.
Cornwall World Heritage Site is delighted to support the showing of the Hireth film in communities in Cornwall and West Devon.
Wed20Nov2019Sat23Nov20197:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre
This brilliant, witty, amusing but poignant play, made into a film in the 60's starring Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn, is a must see for those who like a cleverly worded script and an interesting subject.
It is Christmas, 1183, and Eleanor of Aquitaine, imprisoned in London by her husband, Henry II for leading a rebellion against him, has been freed for the festive season to join Henry and their sons, Richard, Geoffrey and John, at the castle of Chinon in France.
Also invited is King Philip of France, Henry's arch enemy. Matters are complicated as Philip's sister, Alais is also present. She has been living at the English court since she was 7 years old, destined to marry Richard, and for which, as her dowry, Henry received the county of Vexin.
However, the marriage never took place, and as she grew up, Henry decided he wanted her for himself and took her for his mistress.
Now Philip is at Chinon demanding that the marriage to Richard takes place or he will have the Vexin back.
Not if Henry has anything to do with it!
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Fri06Dec2019Sat07Dec20197:00 pmSt Austell Arts Centre, PL25 5HJ
'A Cornish Carol'
Friday, 6th 1.00pm & 7.00pm
Saturday, 7th - 7.00pm
Starring Ed Rowe, Jenny Beare and Mary Woodvine
Christmas is upon us and business is booming in Ebenezer Scrooge’s Pre-Packaged “Proper” Pasty Production Company.
Costs are low, profit is high and the money is pouring in.
What’s that? The staff are exhausted? They want a day off? They can barely afford to eat?
‘Bah, humbug! You don’t get nothing for free in this life.’
Over the course of one miserable, mizzly, Cornish night, join miserly Scrooge and a gaggle of ghostly ghouls who force him to revisit his PAST(y), explore his (Ker)NOW and decide if his FUTURE will Come-to-Good.
From the team that brought you Trevithick, The Cornish Caretakers and HIRETH, comes this irreverent, new adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic.
Weaving physical comedy, music and gags a-plenty, A Cornish Carol is a festive treat for the whole family.
Starring : Edward Rowe, Jenny Beare & Mary Woodvine
Director: Simon Harvey
Musical Director: Richard Healey
Written by: Simon Harvey and Richard Healey
Sat14Dec2019St Austell Arts Centre, PL25 5HJ
Details to follow.