Community Events

  • Fri
    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
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre

    To Life Productions: "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

  • Fri
    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.

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

    Touch Theatre presents 'Splendour' by Abi Morgan

    Touch Theatre - Splendour

    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

    Click Here to Book Your Tickets in advance : £10.00
    Or Phone 01726 879500

    Or Buy at Tourist Offices in St Austell, Truro, Bodmin, Liskeard, etc

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

    A great evening of music and fun!
    Soff singing
    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”.

    Click here for tickets:

  • Wed
    7:00 pmSt Austell Arts Centre, PL25 5HJ


    Date: Wednesday, 6th November 2019
    Time: 7.00pm

    Tickets: £5.00 / Concessions : £4.00

    (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.


  • Wed
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    The Lion In Winter

    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!

    The Arts Centre has a Licensed Bar, plus Tea & Coffee, Crisps & Snacks

    Click Here to Book Your Tickets in advance :
    Standard : £12.00
    Under18s : £6.00

    Students w ID : £6.00
    (Proof of entitlement to any concession will be required on the door)
    Tickets are non-refundable!

    Or Phone 01726 879500
    Or Buy at St Austell Tourist Information Centre at the Rail Station or on the 'ByPass'
    or Buy at Tourist Offices in Truro, Bodmin, Liskeard, Launceston, Penzance, St Ives

  • Fri
    7:00 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

    A Cornish Carol poster

    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

  • Sat
    St Austell Arts Centre, PL25 5HJ

    Details to follow.

  • Tue
    St Austell Arts Centre, PL25 5HJ

    Tues 18th - Sat 22nd, 2020

    Tickets: £7.00 & £5.00 available from Burrows Estate Agents, Duke Street, St Austell.  Tel: 01726 77748.
    No online booking available.

  • Wed
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre, PL25 5HJ

    'Under Milk Wood'Cornwall Youth Theatre Company
    Dylan Thomas'
    'Under Milk Wood'

    Join us in the cove, in the village of the strange, the bizarre, the lost.

    The people we all know and love. A world of delight, gossip and regret, of varied and vivid humanity.

    Captain Cat surrounded by fish that “nibble him down to his wishbone”Mog Edwards“a draper mad with love” for shy dressmaker Miss PriceOrgan Morgan, listening to the music with “spouses … honking like geese and the babies singing opera”, while at the sea end of the town, Mr and Mrs Floyd lie in their bed “side by wrinkled side … like two old kippers in a box”, while Polly Garter still sings of “little Willy Wee who is dead, dead, dead”.

    An emotive and hilarious account of a spring day in the fictional seaside village of Llareggub.

    Click Here to Book Your Tickets in advance :
    Adults : £8.00
    Over60s : £6.50
    Unwaged : £6.50

    Under18s : £5.00
    Family  : £22.00
    ( 2 Adults, 2 Under18s )

    Tickets are non-refundable. Reserved Seats. Licensed Bar, Tea, Coffee, Ice Creams.
    Advance Booking is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.

    Or Phone 01726 879500
    Or Buy Tickets at Tourist Offices in St Austell, Bodmin, Liskeard, Truro, St Mawes, Launceston, Penzance, St Ives.

  • Tue
    10:30 amSt Austell Arts Centre, Truro Road, St Austell, PL25 5DR

    Sing & Sign

    Next Tuesday morning (28th September) at the Arts Centre - especially for 0-2 year olds!
    A special free "Taster" session with Sing and Sign Cornwall.
    You'll be amazed at just how much your little one has to say before they can speak! Come along and find out more.
    Although free of charge, booking is required, as available spaces are limited.
  • Tue
    6:00 pmSt Austell Arts Centre, Truro Road, St Austell, PL25 5DR
    Jackie Bull - Desert Island Discs-page - jpeg
    Jackie's is a Cornish story.
    After refusing a university place, she joined the clay industry, arguing with her employer about workers' welfare and the support of pensioners. She went on to found a charity for the pensioners and to serve the clay area as Cornwall Councillor for many years.
    You will hear her story in this adaptation of Desert Island Discs as part of the monthly pizza and politics series, now in its sixth year.
    Free to attend. Refreshments available.
  • Wed
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre, Truro Road, St Austell, PL25 5HJ


    Live performance and new films created as response to Cornwall’s role in hosting the G7 summit

    What is its legacy?

    We're inviting everyone to join us for an evening of live performance, film, and debate, developed by creative partners Hall for Cornwall, Creative Kernow, Wildworks and Screen Cornwall.

    The show  has 6 performers :  Elaine Claxton, Steve Jacobs, Cat Lake, Charlotte Bister, Bec Applebee & Berry Cruse.  They will give readings of material written by locally based writers.  There will also be  a number of new, short, commissioned films  screened on the night.

    The second part of the evening is a panel for discussion: what’s next for St Austell in response to the G7?

    This event was commissioned by Cornwall Council in partnership with the Cabinet Office, Arts
    Council England and National Heritage Lottery Fund.

    All tickets: £10.00

    Click here for tickets

  • Thu
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Tom LewisThe Press Gang are delighted to offer this rare opportunity to see them perform alongside the world-famous Tom Lewis in Cornwall. Tom has been an inspiration to the group since they formed in 2012.
    Tom Lewis brings to the stage his wry humour, button accordion, ukulele, a great voice and his unique experience of more than 40 years of performing and touring, Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Europe, Canada and the United States, bridging the sea-going and folk-singing communities.
    The Press Gang have become regular guests at festivals throughout Cornwall and throughout the country where audiences have enjoyed their lively performances of songs and shanties of Cornwall and the sea. Throughout the last 10 years, the group has raised many thousands(£) for local charities.

    Tom Lewis has recorded 9 albums and is renowned for composing 'The Last Shanty' (A Sailor Ain't A Sailor), 'Sailor's Prayer' (Send Down A Dove), 'Legend' (Marching Inland), plus many other contemporary songs of the sea that have become folk standards, sung by groups around the world and known and sung wherever great choruses ring out.
    Tom accompanies himself on button accordion and ukulele—but it's that powerful vocal style and infectious humour—that quality of entertaining—which keeps audiences coming back again ... and again

    Tom Lewis  website

    The Press Gang  website

    Click Here to Book Your Tickets Online Now  : Standard : £12.00
    ( £15.00 On The Door )
    Or Phone CRBO on 01726 63513
    Or Buy at Tourist Offices in Truro, Bodmin, Liskeard

    Doors Open and Licensed Bar from 7.00pm. Show starts at 7.30pm
    Ample Free Car Parking

    Tickets are Non-Refundable unless the show has to be Cancelled due to Covid-19

  • Fri
    St Austell Arts Centre, Truro Road, St Austell, PL25 5DR

    Annual Cornish Language Weekend hosted by Kowethas an Yeth Kernewek / Pennseythen Gernewek Bledhynnyek ostyes gans Kowethas an Yeth Kernewek

    About this event

    The 3-day-long weekend is for speakers of all levels learning Cornish, offering language lessons, workshops, talks, social events and entertainment for all to enjoy. Whether you are just starting to learn Cornish or are a fluent speaker, there is something for everyone. You can find out more about the weekend line up here: Cornish Language Weekend

    Whether you’d like to come for one day, or for the whole weekend, we have options available to suit you. On the Saturday and Sunday we offer family language sessions suitable for children up to 12 years. Families can pay for 1 ticket . We are also offering tickets for attendees with low income. We hope this offers support and accessibility to join us over the weekend.

    If you have any queries about the event, please email

    An bennseythen dres 3 dydh yw rag kowsoryon a dhysk Kernewek orth pub nivel, ow profya dyskansow yeth, hweljiow, arethow, hwarvosow socyal ha didhan rag pubonan dh'y enjoya. Mars esowgh ow talleth dyski Kernewek po mars owgh kowser freth, yma neppyth rag pubonan. Hwi a yll kavos derivadow pella a-dro dhe hwarvosow an bennseythun omma: Cornish Language Weekend

    Mar mynnowgh dos dres unn jydh, po dres an bennseythen oll, ni a'gan beus dewisyow kavadow a vydh gwiw ragowgh. Dy'Sadorn ha Dy'Sul ni a brof esedhogow yeth teyluyow rag fleghes bys dhe 12 bloodh. Teyluyow a yll prena 1 tokyn. Ni a brof ynwedh toknys rag kevrenogyon ha dhedha gober isel. Hemma a brof skoodhyans ha hedhadewder dhe omjunya genen dres an bennseythen, dell waytyn.

    Mars eus govynnow a-dro dhe'n hwarvos genowgh, danvon ebost, mar pleg, dhe