Drama

  • Fri
    06
    Sep
    2019
    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

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  • Fri
    20
    Sep
    2019
    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

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    Standard : £15.00
    Unwaged : £13.00
    Or Call Cornish Riviera Box Office on (01726) 879500
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  • Sat
    12
    Oct
    2019
    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!

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    Concessions : £10.00
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  • Tue
    17
    Dec
    2019
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre, 87 Truro Road, St Austell, PL25 5HJ

    David Mynne: “A Christmas Carol”

    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!"