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Monday 23rd February - Saturday 11th April

Easter – Children’s Film Festival

Media Studies Students from Falmouth School have chosen a season of six classic childrens’ films,aimed at young audiences – plus another chance to see Sing-a-long FROZEN – to be screened over the Easter holidays at 11am Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, with Frozen screening on Saturday morning.

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Film

Monday 23rd March - Sunday 29th March

The 2nd Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Sip a cup of CHAI TEA as you enjoy this superb film – WITH OUR COMPLIMENTS

Dir: John Madden – UK – 122 mins (PG)

THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai).

Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors.

Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone’s secrets. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself.

 

Childrens Film Festival

Monday 30th March 11:00am

Chicken Run

Part of the CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL curated by students from Falmouth School’s Film Studies Course.

CHICKEN RUN (2000) 95mins (U)

A comedy drama set on a Yorkshire chicken farm in 1950s England, the story follows the turbulent romance between Rocky the Rooster and Ginger the chicken, both of whom yearn for freedom and are planning a daring “prisoner of war” style escape. Both chickens are tired of being repressed and know they face an eventual certain death, so in planning their escape, they rally with their fellow chickens.

Chicken Run has all the charm of Nick Park’s Wallace & Gromit, and something for everybody. The voice acting is fabulous, the slapstick is brilliant, and the action sequences are spectacular.

Ticket Prices £5 adults, £4 concessions, £3 kids (under 16)

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Film

Monday 30th March - Wednesday 1st April

Wild

Dir: Jean-Marc Vallée – USA – 115mins (15)

Oscar nominated ‘Wild’ stars Reese Witherspoon and is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, the acclaimed director of ‘Dallas Buyers Club’.

With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone.

WILD powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.

Nick Hornby’s screenplay (adapted from Strayed’s book) brings out Cheryl’s yearning as well as the epic quality of her mini-Odyssey.

While the external scenery is spectacular, it’s the internal landscapes that capture and hold our attention.” Mark Kermode

Talks

Tuesday 31st March 7:30pm
Bar

Writing the Civil War in Cornwall: Exploring the Facts in the Fictions

Du Maurier, Q, and E. V. Thompson, to name but a few, have all portrayed Cornwall’s experience during the Civil War.  How close to the historical fact were they?  author and historian Steph Haxton will explore the inspiration authors have taken from these tumultuous times.

A Local History talk, brought to you by Falmouth Local History and Research Group.

Come early for a drink and comfy seats! Bar open from 7.00 p.m.  Book early – limited to 45 seats.

£5/£4 concessions (plus Poly fund £1)

 

 

Childrens Film Festival

Wednesday 1st April 11:00am

The Spongebob Squarepants Movie

Part of the CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL curated by students from Falmouth School’s Film Studies Course.

THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE (2004) 90mins (U)

Dive into a comedy adventure that’s bigger, better and more absorbing than the rest – t that undersea sensation, SpongeBob SquarePants! There’s trouble bubbling up in Bikini Bottom, King Neptune’s crown is missing, and Mr. Krabs has been accused of stealing it! Together with his best pal Patrick, SpongeBob sets out to treacherous Shell City to reclaim Neptune’s crown and save Mr. Krabs, in a spectacular adventure filled with “over-the-top, under-the-sea action and non-stop laughs!”*

Featuring the voice talents of Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Alec Baldwin, Jeffrey Tambor, Scarlett Johansson and a special appearance by David Hasselhoff, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie is an uproariously funny comedy.

Ticket Prices £5 adults, £4 concessions, £3 kids (under 16)

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Childrens Film Festival

Friday 3rd April 11:00am

Matilda

Part of the CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL curated by students from Falmouth School’s Film Studies Course.

MATILDA (1996) 95mins (U)

Matilda Wormwood is an extremely curious and intelligent little girl who is very different from her low-brow, mainstream parents, played Danny DeVito, who also directs the film and his real-life wife Rhea Perlman, who quite cruelly ignore her. As she grows older, she begins to discover that she has telekinetic powers. Not until a teacher shows her kindness for the first time does she realize that she can use those powers to do something about her sufferings and help her friends as well.

A dark, beautiful adaptation of Roald Dahl story which is uncompromising, entertaining and moving.

Ticket Prices £5 adults, £4 concessions, £3 kids (under 16)

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Film

Saturday 4th April - Wednesday 8th April

Still Alice

Dir: Wash Westmorland – 99mins (12A)

Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.

Elevated by a gripping performance from BAFTA WINNER & OSCAR NOMINATED Julianne Moore, Still Alice is a heartfelt drama that honors its delicate themes with bravery and sensitivity.

Event Cinema

Sunday 5th April 3:00pm

Royal Shakespeare Company: Love’s Labour’s Won

SPECIAL OFFER: Free glass of wine or hot drink included in the ticket price.

As part of the Poly’s new digital cinema programme, we are proud to present the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of LOVE’S LABOUR’S WON.

Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship.

Shakespeare’s comic romance plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened – before peace ultimately wins the day.

Christopher Luscombe directs the second of Shakespeare’s matching pair of comedies that rejoice in our capacity to find love in the most unlikely places. Better known as Much Ado About Nothing, the play is performed under the title Love’s Labour’s Won, a name possibly given to it during Shakespeare’s lifetime.

Running Time: 180 minutes

Ticket prices: £14 / £12 plus £1 Poly Fund per ticket.

Childrens Film Festival

Monday 6th April 11:00am

The Princess Bride

Part of the CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL curated by students from Falmouth School’s Film Studies Course.

THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987) 98mins (PG)

A delightfully postmodern fairy tale, The Princess Bride is a deft, intelligent mix of swashbuckling, romance, and comedy that takes an age-old damsel-in-distress story and makes it fresh.

Directed by Rob Reiner and starring Robin Wright and Cary Elwes.

It’s an enchanting classic the whole family will love!

Ticket Prices £5 adults, £4 concessions, £3 kids (under 16)

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Childrens Film Festival

Wednesday 8th April 11:00am

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Part of the CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL curated by students from Falmouth School’s Film Studies Course.

WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (1988) 104mins (PG)

In this film, Hollywood’s animated cartoon stars of the 1940s are a subjugated minority, living in the ghettolike “Toontown”.  One of Toontown’s leading citizens, Roger Rabbit, is framed for the murder of human nightclub owner Marvin Acme. Private detective Eddie Valiant (played by the late-great Bob Hoskins) reluctantly agrees to clear Roger of the accusation.

This movie is truly one of its kind – Hollywood magic at its finest hour.

Ticket Prices £5 adults, £4 concessions, £3 kids (under 16)

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Film

Thursday 9th April 7:30pm

Bicycle

If you missed the screening in February – here’s another chance to see this brilliant documentary, which asks the question why is cycling and the bicycle back in fashion?

The film, which is directed by BAFTA winning director and keen cyclist Michael B.Clifford tells the story of cycling in the land that invented the modern bicycle, it’s birth, decline and re birth from Victorian origins to today. The film weaves bicycle design, sport and transport through the retelling of some iconic stories and features interviews with notable contributors Sir Dave Brailsford, Gary Fisher, Chris Boardman, Ned Boulting, Sir Chris Hoy, Tracy Moseley, Mike Burrows and many more plus great archive, animation and music.

“Bicycle” is a humorous, lyrical and warm reflection on the bicycle and cycling and its place in the British national psyche.

Childrens Film Festival

Friday 10th April 11:00am

The Wizard of Oz

Part of the CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL curated by students from Falmouth School’s Film Studies Course.

THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) 101mins (U)

The Wizard of Oz stars legendary Judy Garland as Dorothy, an innocent farm girl whisked out of her mundane earthbound existence into a land of pure imagination. Dorothy’s journey in Oz will take her through emerald forests, yellow brick roads, and creepy castles, all with the help of some unusual but earnest song-happy friends.

Any opportunity to see this absolute classic film on the big screen is a fantastic experience – so grab your chance now.

Ticket Prices £5 adults, £4 concessions, £3 kids (under 16)

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Comedy

Friday 10th April 8:00pm

Jonny and the Baptists Rock the Vote

The UK’s hottest musical comedians tackle the big issues ahead of the May 2015 General Election, bringing their acclaimed blend of songs, satire and silliness to the nation. And with politicians now officially ranked below estate agents in the public’s trust, ROCK THE VOTE is a desperate bid to find at least one good reason to vote.

From the multi-award-nominated stars of Radio 4’s Now Show and Infinite Monkey Cage. 2014 British Comedy Award and Leicester Comedy Festival Award nominees.

‘Politically energised… raucously silly… triumphant piss-taking’ (Guardian)

‘Uproarious rock’n’ROFLing’ (Independent on Sunday)

‘The political edge of 80s alternative comedy… a pop soul voice to win X Factor’ (Stewart Lee, Observer)

 

SPECIAL OFFER!  Are you a first time voter, aged between 18-23?  We’ve got a limited number of tickets for you, at just £5.00 (+ £1 Poly Fund).  You will need to show proof of your age when collecting your ticket.

Childrens Film Festival

Saturday 11th April 11:00am

Sing-along: Frozen

Dir: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee – 102mins (PG)

A chance to see this fantastic family film from last year on the big screen – but this time it’s SING-ALONG.

“Frozen” is the coolest comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

The film won Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, and won the Golden Globe and BAFTA for Best Animated Feature Film.

Now it’s your turn to sing along to the songs of this new Disney classic.

Glorious family entertainment.

Workshops

Saturday 11th April 11:00am
Poly Bar

Build a Book Bootcamp

Are you a comic artist, illustrator or storyteller who’s eager to start self publishing your own zines? Then this workshop is for you! illustrator, comic artist and publisher Donya Todd will guide you through awesome exercises which focus on drawing, making and selling your very own handmade books.

Workshop activities include:
Writing, Character design & games,
Page planning & drawing your artwork,
Making & binding a handmade zine,
And finally a talk about self publishing & how to sell your products.

Donya Todd is an illustrator, painter and comic artist who lives on a remote farm in Cornwall, England. She specialises in narrative illustration and had her graphic novel ‘Death & The Girls’ published by Blank Slate Books in 2013. She also publishes comics anthology ‘Bimba’ and is one half of ‘Chubby‘ – a new t-shirt venture with partner in crime Jack Teagle. She takes her inspiration from the magical, marvellous and macabre.

Film

Monday 13th April - Tuesday 14th April

White God (Fehér Isten)

Dir: Kornél Mundruczó – HUNGARY – 121mins (15) Sub-titled

A stunning allegorical tale of man’s abuse of superiority and privilege. When a new law is passed favouring pedigree breeds, legions of mongrel dogs are left to fend for themselves by their former owners. As 13 year old Lili faces a heartbreaking separation from her dog Hagen, her faithful friend endures torment and cruelty in his attempts to return home. After Hagen and an army of dogs make a chance escape from a dog shelter, the dogs’ instinct for revenge explodes into savage retribution against their human oppressors. In the end, one girl’s search for her dog may be the last chance for peace.

Not for the faint-hearted, this extraordinary morality tale features the most stunning performances by dogs you will ever see.

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Talks

Wednesday 15th April 7:30pm

Mark Thompson presents Stargazer

From the popular BBC programme Stargazing LIVE

The Universe is shrouded in mystery yet through the Centuries, mankind has slowly unravelled many of its dark secrets. Mark Thompson reveals the hidden nature of the Universe, brought to life with mind-blowing demonstrations.

Best known for co-presenting the BBC’s popular, Stargazing LIVE, Mark Thompson is sought after for taking complex scientific concepts and bringing them to life in an engaging and entertaining way.

He is a frequent broadcaster, appearing on The One Show, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, and many news networks.  His book ‘A Down to Earth Guide to the Cosmos’ was a hit and, having lectured at the Royal Institution and National Astronomy Meeting, Mark is no stranger to entertaining and informing big audiences of both professional astronomers and the general public.

Event Cinema

Thursday 16th April 2:00pm

Maxine Peake as Hamlet

SPECIAL OFFER: Free glass of wine or hot drink included in the ticket price.

As part of the Poly’s new digital cinema programme, we are proud to present Maxine Peake starring in HAMLET.

From its sell-out run at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre comes this unique and critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s tragic Hamlet. In this stripped-back, fresh and fast-paced version, BAFTA nominee Maxine Peake creates a Hamlet for now, giving a performance hailed as “delicately ferocious” by The Guardian and “a milestone Hamlet” by the Manchester Evening News.

Hamlet is Shakespeare’s most iconic work. The play explodes with big ideas and is the ultimate story of loyalty, love, betrayal, murder and madness. Hamlet’s father is dead and Denmark has crowned a new king. Consumed by grief, he struggles to exact revenge, with devastating consequences.

This groundbreaking stage production, directed by Sarah Frankcom, was the Royal Exchange’s fastest-selling show in a decade. Alongside Maxine Peake as the eponymous prince, a number of other roles, including Polonious and Rosencrantz, are also played by women. Hamlet is brought to cinemas by director Margaret Williams, whose Written on Skin for the Royal Opera House/BBC won the Gramophone Contemporary Award and the Diapason d’or, and producers Anne Beresford and Debbie Gray, the team behind the highly successful cinema broadcast of Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach.

Running Time: 195 minutes

Ticket prices: £14 / £12 plus £1 Poly Fund per ticket.

1st screening on Friday 27th March @ 18:30 with Encore performance on Thursday 16th April @ 2pm.

Music

Friday 17th April 8:00pm

The Songs of Nick Drake

Keith James’ unique concert. Haunting and hugely dedicated.

Nick Drake is the most revered and truly loved of all of this Country’s singer/songwriters. He recorded three cherished Albums between 1969 and 1972 but was almost entirely unknown in his day. After his tragic death in 1974 aged only 26 his music almost disappeared into obscurity. Now, thanks to a massive resurgence of interest on a worldwide scale, re-evaluating his Life and his genius, Nick Drake has become a National treasure.

An important book Remembered for a while has just been released, written by his elder Sister, Gabrielle Drake. This expansive volume throws light on many shadowy corners of mystery and supposition.

A number of years have now passed since Singer/Guitarist Keith James paralysed the whole Country with his stunningly beautiful series of concerts entitled The Songs of Nick Drake. At the beginning of the project in 2001 he was the first artist ever to bring this immaculate and intriguingly fragile music to Theatres across the UK in its pure, live concert form. The end result was almost a decade of highly acclaimed tours amounting to over 1000 concerts in venues across the UK, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy and Spain including all of Nick’s Schools and Colleges – even Glastonbury Festival.

This new concert will have, as far as can be possible, a fresh and rewarding set list and will include an interpretation of a Molly Drake composition, a transcription of a poem by William Blake (Nick’s greatest influence) and a song by Sixto Rodriguez – an unusually similar songwriter from the exact same era, but from a parallel universe.

‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’  The Independent

‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’  Sunday Times

‘certainly the UK’s most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music’   The Guardian

‘a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves’  Acoustic Magazine

‘an absolute must’ Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio

Film

Saturday 18th April - Wednesday 22nd April

Suite Francaise

Dir: Saul Dibb – UK – 107mins (15)

Over fifty years after acclaimed novelist Irène Némirovsky’s death in a concentration camp, her daughter decided to find the courage to read her journals. What she discovered was an incredible story…

Set in 1940s France and based on the international best-selling work of SUITE FRANÇAISE follows beautiful Lucile Angellier who awaits news from her husband, a prisoner of war whilst leading a stifled existence with her domineering mother-in-law.

When Parisian refugees pour into their small town, soon followed by a regiment of German soldiers who take up residence in the villagers’ homes, Lucile’s life is turned upside down.

In the Angellier home, Lucile initially tries to ignore Bruno, the handsome and refined German officer who has been posted to live with them. But soon, a powerful love draws them together and traps them in the tragedy of war.

Talks

Thursday 23rd April 7:30pm

Trebah Garden

Trebah Garden

 The evolution from a private Victorian pleasure garden to one the UK’s  top Tourist attractions 

 Presented by Darren Dickey – Head Gardener

A historical talk about Trebah Garden exploring the past history and future plans for the garden. The talk will also include information on how the newly opened Amphitheatre was constructed and future plans for this exciting new addition.

Darren studied horticulture at Duchy College, Camborne, and did hands-on training at Glendurgan Garden and with a local landscaper. He was then offered a position at Trebah as assistant gardener, later being promoted to Deputy Head Gardener, and in 2002 – Head Gardener.

 

Film

Friday 24th April 7:00pm

Salon du Cinema: All About Eves

Come and join us for a Salon dedicated to what goes on behind the screen.  A light-hearted exploration into the shady backstage world of entertainment. What does it take to become a star and how do you claw your way to the top? And nobody demonstrates it better than Anne Baxter in the classic backstage drama All About Eve also starring the wonderful Bette Davis.

The evening will be hosted by a classy Scary Little Girl, and on arrival you will be offered a chic Martini and be invited to relax in an atmosphere of sassy sophistication.  Join us for an evening of music, song, readings celebrating the art of women getting ahead.

The evening will include:

songs by Porter, Berlin and Fields played on the uke-a-lady!

“Jean Harlow, Dinner at Eight and the Hollywood dressing table” a short talk by Dr Deborah Sugg Ryan, Associate Professor of History & Theory of Design, Fashion & Textiles Institute, Falmouth University;

readings from authors who have explored the back stage world and given shocking and hilarious reports of what they found there, such as Daphne du Maurier, Dorothy Parker and Mikhail Bulkagov;

screening of the Bette Davies 1950 bitching classic All About Eve

And we’ll be feeding you chocolate treats throughout the night, in recognition of its once banned status and its place in every woman’s heart and salon!

So as the film’s classic line advises “Fasten your seatbeltsit’s going to be a bumpy night!” (metaphorically speaking, of course)!  You’re in for a real treat.

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Audience comments from our first Salon du Cinema:

“A warm evening of readings, thoughts ideas and music followed by the rare treat of a classic film in a cinema setting, the whole thing was stimulating, gentle and generous.”

“This was my first experience of SLG – loved the cocktails, the Chocolettes (young performers Holly Summerson, Beth Richrds and Emily Storme) getting the audience in the mood for the Mae West festivities by encouraging us to join in with the theme music for 20th Century Fox and Julie Ripley’s compelling lecture on Mae West.  And the carefully chosen musical numbers and literary readings performed by host Bunny Morethan, plus the chocolate and the film, well!   A thrilling evening that flew by all too soon.”

“Bunny Morethan was magnificent – what a way to honour Mae!”

“Enjoyed the evening. Loved Bunny’s outfit. She looked lovely.  Don’t think people realise how long it takes to research and compile a whole evenings entertainment with such different areas of content! Great fun.  Looking forward to seeing another salon du cinema. It should be a huge success.”

“What a lovely way to start our Valentine’s evening with a themed 1930’s cocktail to set the scene for the evening. The evening was a delightful blend of cabaret, storytelling, music, and an informative talk preparing the way for meeting the iconic Miss West in her Oscar winning film. All the elements of the show were cleverly integrated and showcased the talents of this very innovative, versatile and amazing production hub.  Looking forward to the next performances at the Poly.”

“A surprising, emersive, and hugely enjoyable experience that was a step on from the life performance and cinema fusions that we’ve seen.  Bunny was so engaging, what SLG created as whole was brilliant!”

Scary Little Girls Productions is an innovative production hub based in London and Cornwall which tours nationwide.  They enjoyed sell-out success this summer with its stunning production of Dracula – The Kisses at the Minack Theatre.

Theatre

Saturday 25th April 7:30pm
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Blackfish Theatre presents: Alaska

ALASKA, a desolate wasteland at the borderline of civilization… A place where you can easily lose your way, your bearings and your very mind!

One man goes in search of adventure, freedom and “a piece of the good life”, but soon finds that the reality is no picnic.

Plummeting temperatures, technical disasters (and a severe lack of any practical skills) soon plunge our hero into a nightmarish world of extreme survival, haunted by all things living, dead and Athabaskan.

Blackfish Theatre’s highly acclaimed show boldly follows in the intrepid footsteps of Bear Grylls and Ray Mears. This masterful trio; Giles King, Craig Johnson and Ian Ross (Kneehigh Theatre) use film, firelight, live music and a whole host of forest wildlife to cleverly transport you into the unknown; ALASKA is a tragi-comic riot of Pythonesque dottiness guaranteed to leave you spellbound.

Blackfish returns for a second tour with their sell-out original comedy written by Carl Grose (Soho Theatre, BBC TV and Radio, Kneehigh, RSC, National Theatre and o-region) and directed by Simon Harvey (Kneehigh, Cscape Dance, O-Region and Theatre Damfino).

‘From the fur-coated singing of the “good ol’ boy” nutty commercial to the audience helped entry of various cuddly beasts of the wild, from its superb soundtrack to its high level of performance and production values, it is faultless and very funny’

West Briton

‘Alaska’s comedy and charm have captivated for the entirety of its duration. And, beneath its frozen surface, it has an uplifting message which will melt even the most frozen of hearts’

York Post

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Film

Monday 27th April - Tuesday 28th April

Wild Tales

Dir: Damián Szifron – ARGENTINA – 122mins (15) Sub-titled

Wickedly hilarious and delightfully deranged, Wild Tales is a subversive satire that doubles as a uniformly entertaining anthology film.

Inequality, injustice and the demands of the world we live in cause stress and depression for many people. Some of them, however, explode. This is a movie about those people. Vulnerable in the face of a reality that shifts and suddenly turns unpredictable, the characters of Wild Tales cross the thin line that divides civilization and barbarism. A lover’s betrayal, a return to the repressed past and the violence woven into everyday encounters drive the characters to madness as they cede to the undeniable pleasure of losing control.

A satirical masterwork. You don’t need to be Argentinian to get it; just simply a citizen of the world.

Talks

Tuesday 28th April 7:30pm

A History of Methodism in Cornwall

County archivist, David Thomas, will share his extensive knowledge of Methodism, with reference to archival sources held at Cornwall Record Office, including the Wesley brothers’ early visits to Cornwall and photographs of 19th century tea treats.

A Local History talk, brought to you by Falmouth Local History and Research Group.

Come early for a drink and comfy seats! Bar open from 7.00 p.m.  Book early – limited to 45 seats.

£5/£4 concessions (plus Poly fund £1)

Music

Wednesday 29th April 8:00pm

Sam Lee

Since bursting on to the folk scene at the end of the Noughties, Sam Lee has blazed a trail as an outstanding singer and song collector, the driving force behind the eclectic, award-winning folk club The Nest Collective, which has brought traditional music to all kinds of new stages and venues, and founder of a burgeoning song collectors’ movement that inspires a new generation of performers to draw on living source singers rather than books and records.

Sam is a 21st-century artist, collecting new versions of old songs on his iPhone and laptop, but his repertoire is steeped in the reek and smoke of folk history and lore, its tales of love, parting, exile and murder bound by a sympathetic magic still resonant today, parting the veil on vivid scenes from our islands’ deep history.

“The most unpredictable and inventive young traditional singer on the British folk scene” (The Guardian) heads out on tour in advance of the release of his latest album, The Fade In Time. It is the hotly anticipated follow-up to his Mercury Music Prize-nominated effort, Ground Of Its Own – “an album of unusual dignity and immense beauty” (Mojo) and “a perfectly executed attempt to modernise staple motifs with originality” (The Guardian). Record producer Joe Boyd calls the Chelsea School of Art alumnus “a wonderful singer and fascinating character … [whose] arrangements are unlike anything anyone has ever really heard before”.

Event Cinema

Thursday 30th April - Saturday 2nd May

Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen: Julius Ceasar

Experience this thrilling new production from the world’s most famous stage.

When Caesar returns to Rome from the wars a virtual dictator, Brutus and his republican friends resolve that his ambition must be curbed – which in Rome can mean only one thing: the great general must be assassinated. But once the deed is done, the idealistic conspirators must reckon with the forces of a new power bloc, led by Mark Antony and Caesar’s nephew Octavius. When their armies close at Philippi, will Caesar’s ghost be avenged?

Opposing dictatorship and republicanism, private virtue and mob violence, Shakespeare’s tense drama of high politics reveals the emotional currents that flow between men in power with themes that still resonate even today.

This sell-out production employed authentic Renaissance costumes and staging, and Dominic Dromgoole’s impassioned interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s classic plays showcased “a rapport between the performers and the audience that feels genuinely magical” (Daily Telegraph)

Ticket prices £15 adults / £13 concessions (+ £1 Poly Fund)

The show lasts for 2 hours, 40 minutes and there will be a 15 minute interval.

Our bar will be open for drinks and light refreshments.

Film

Monday 4th May - Tuesday 5th May

Dark Horse

The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance

Running time: 130 mins – cert PG

A wonderful documentary which tells the larger than life true story of how a barmaid in a former mining village in South Wales bred a racehorse on her allotment that went on to become a champion.

Jan had successfully bred dogs and birds and believed she could do the same with a different animal – though she knew nothing about racing and had never been on a horse. Convincing a handful of locals to part with ten pound a week for her scheme, she found a thoroughbred mare with a terrible racing record for £300, a stallion past his best, put them together and – against all the odds – bred a winner.

A heartwarming true story that has been expertly crafted into an irresistible, emotion-charged documentary.

“Dark Horse is a triumph – emotional, funny, heartwarming” – Total Film

“Inspirational, inspiring and triumphant” – Charles Gant

Cafe Sci

Wednesday 6th May 7:30pm

UK Green Film Festival: Seeds of Time

UK Green Film Festival 2015  is sponsored by Friends of the Earth and is a nationwide network of film lovers and green thinkers.

This year the festival takes place from the 3rd -10th May in cinemas all across the country and for the first time, The Poly, has brought the Festival to Cornwall.

Seeds of Time

USA, Dir. Sandy McLeod (77 mins)

A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. Seed banks around the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation and rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are affecting farmers globally. Communities of indigenous Peruvian farmers are already suffering those effects, as they try desperately to save over 1,500 varieties of native potato in their fields. But with little time to waste, both Fowler and the farmers embark on passionate and personal journeys that may save the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds.

Dr Regan Early, Lecturer in Conservation Biology, Department of Biosciences, Exeter University, will give a short pre-film talk and a Q&A session after the film, hosted by Cafe Sci.

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Film

Thursday 7th May 2:30pm

Fame is the Spur

Dir: Roy Boulting – UK – 1947 116mins (PG)

When a young man from an economically depressed area of England (played by Michael Redgrave) decides that his calling is to help the beleaguered workers in his area, he takes as his symbol a sword passed down to him by an ancestor who picked it up at the Battle of Peterloo in 1819, where it had been used against workers. Beginning as an idealistic defender of the oppressed workers, he rises to power in the Parliament, where he discovers that power corrupts and he becomes the very type of politician he had originally set out to displace. Sometimes slow-moving, this is an interesting look into the reasons why the Labor and the Conservative factions are at loggerheads with each other in Great Britain. Very loosely based on labor leader Ramsay MacDonald’s climb to power, the story was adapted by Howard Spring and is a combination of both fact and fiction.

Adapted from the novel by Howard Spring, who died 50 years ago this year.  This screening coincides with the Local History & Research Group’s exhibition which celebrates the life and work of Howard Spring, who was a past president and a benefactor of the Poly

Film

Thursday 7th May 7:30pm

Dior and I

Filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng follows up his work on excellent fashion films, including Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel and Valentino: The Last Emperor, with another masterful exploration of a towering fashion institution.

In this stunning documentary one enters the storied world that is the House of Christian Dior with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ highly anticipated first Haute Couture collection as the iconic brand’s new Artistic Director. From conception through its ultimate exhibition, the process is shown to be a true labor of love by the stoic Simons and a dedicated, charming, and often humorous team of collaborators. Beautifully melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with an elegant reverence for the history of Dior, Tcheng’s colorful homage to the seamstresses of the atelier is nothing short of magical.

 

Theatre

Friday 8th May 8:00pm

Open Road Theatre presents: Dinner

OPEN ROAD THEATRE COMPANY invite you to Dinner a satirical chiller for the broadminded by Moira Buffini

Deliciously macabre and very funny, this is an imaginative  performance of Moira Buffini’s brilliantly constructed dark comedy. Five friends gather on a foggy night for a celebratory dinner party, joined by a sinister waiter and a mysterious stranger. The carefully planned menu will stun the audience as much as the guests – as will the evening’s events – in this story of secrets, lies, class, relationships and betrayals.

Primordial soup is first on the menu. – Let the dinner from hell begin.

FOR ADULTS ONLY

Film

Saturday 9th May 12:00pm

UK Green Film Festival: Bikes vs Cars

UK Green Film Festival 2015  is sponsored by Friends of the Earth and is a nationwide network of film lovers and green thinkers.

This year the festival takes place from the 3rd -10th May in cinemas all across the country and for the first time, The Poly, has brought the Festival to Cornwall.

BIKES VS CARS

Sweden, Dir. Fredrik Gertten (90mins)

The bicycle, an amazing tool for change. Activists and cities all over the world are moving towards a new system. But will the economic powers allow it?  Bikes vs Cars, a new film project from director Fredrik Gertten, looks into and investigates the daily global drama in traffic around the world.

From bike activists in Sao Paulo and Los Angeles, fighting for safe bike lanes, to the City of Copenhagen, where forty percent commute by bike daily, Bikes vs Cars looks at both the struggle for bicyclists in a society dominated by cars, and the revolutionary changes that could take place if more cities moved away from car-centric models.

Bikes vs Cars depicts a global crisis that we all deep down know we need to talk about: climate, earth’s resources, cities where the entire surface is consumed by the car. An ever-growing, dirty, noisy traffic chaos. The bike is a great tool for change, but the powerful interests who gain from the private car invest billions each year on lobbying and advertising to protect their business. In the film we meet activists and thinkers who are fighting for better cities, who refuse to stop riding despite the increasing number killed in traffic.

Film

Saturday 9th May - Tuesday 12th May

A Little Chaos

Dir: Alan Rickham – UK – 116mins (TBC)

A romantic period drama following Sabine played by Kate Winslet, a strong-willed and talented landscape designer, who is chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis XIV’s new palace at Versailles.

In her new position of power, she challenges gender and class barriers while also becoming professionally and romantically entangled with the court’s renowned landscape artist André Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts).

A classily made drama that will delight its audience, thanks to strong performances, an emotionally engaging story and confident direction from Rickman.

Film

Monday 18th May - Wednesday 20th May

Woman in Gold

Dir: Simon Curtis – UK – Certificate & Running TBC

WOMAN IN GOLD is the remarkable true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s famous painting ‘The Lady in Gold’. Together with her inexperienced, young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), she embarks upon a major battle which takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the U.S. Supreme Court, and forces her to confront difficult truths about the past along the way.

Film

Thursday 21st May 7:30pm

BAFTA SHORTS 2015

Dir: various|UK|2015|123 mins|15

A feature-length selection of short live action and animated films from the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA).

Emotional Fusebox - Dir: Rachel Tunnard | UK | 2014 |14 mins

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Cast: Jodie Whittaker, Lorraine Ashbourne, Rachael Deering

Anna lives in her Mum’s garden shed making videos with her thumbs. Her Mum wants her to come out but Anna doesn’t want to.

 

My Dad – Dir: Marcus Armitage | UK | 2014 | 6 minsMyDad001

A short film depicting a dad’s influence on a young boy’s life. His judgmental character mixed with the boy’s fondness for his dad prove to be a toxic mix that tears away at a world of opportunity and experiences.

 

Slap -Dir: Nick Rowland | UK | 2014 | 25 mins

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Cast: Joe Cole, Stephen Bent, Elliott Tittensor

An original coming-of-age drama about the struggles of a young boxer named Connor who secretly likes to cross-dress. Taking place in the English wastelands left by the economic downturn, Slap is an exploration of teenage masculinity in the modern age. 

 

Three Brothers – Dir: Aleem Khan | UK | 2014 | 17 minsthreebrothers6

Cast: Kulvinder Ghir, Yousuf Hussain, Zain Muhammad Zafar

Hamid struggles to care for his younger brothers when their father abandons them for Pakistan. A story inspired by true events.

 

The Bigger Picture – BAFTA Winner, Best Short Animation – Dir: Daisy Jacobs | UK | 2014 | 8 mins

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‘You want to put her in a home; you tell her; tell her now!’ hisses one brother to the other. But Mother won’t go, and their own lives unravel as she clings on. Innovative life-size animated characters tell the stark and darkly humorous tale of caring for an elderly parent in Daisy Jacobs’ BAFTA-winning, Oscar-nominated short.

 

The Kármán Line – Dir: Oscar Sharp | UK | 2014 | 24 mins

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Cast: Olivia Colman, Shaun Dooley, Chelsea Corfield

When a mother is hit by a rare condition that sees her lift off the ground at a slow but ever increasing rate, her husband and daughter are forced to come to terms with losing her.

 

Monkey Love Experiments – Dir: Ainslie Henderson, Will Anderson |UK | 2014 | 9mins

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Inspired by love, a misguided monkey believes he is destined for the moon.

 

 

Boogaloo and Graham – Winner, Best Short Film – Dir: Michael Lennox | UK | 2014 | 14mins

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This BAFTA-winning, Oscar-nominated short, set in 1970s Belfast, finds Jamesy and Malachy over the moon when their soft-hearted Dad presents them with two baby chicks to care for. But the boys are in for a shock when their parents announce that big changes are coming to the family.

Film

Monday 25th May - Wednesday 27th May

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Dir: Isao Takahata – JAPAN – 137mins (U)

Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko) revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making.

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter (voiced by James Caan) and his wife (voiced by Mary Steenburgen), a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady . The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

From the studio that brought you Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and The Wind Rises comes a powerful and sweeping epic that redefines the limits of animated storytelling and marks a triumphant highpoint within an extraordinary career in filmmaking for director Isao Takahata.

Beautiful and breathtaking animation that gives this wonderful film a style that is both simple and sophisticated.

Talks

Thursday 28th May 7:30pm
Theatre

An Evening With Vanessa Whitburn

Come and spend an evening with the longest running editor of any soap opera in the world!  Vanessa Whitburn was Editor of The Archers for 23 years.  She retired in 2013 after a distinguished career in both radio and television drama.  Headline grabbing stories during her time as Editor included Brian Aldridge’s affair with Siobhan, Ed Grundy’s fathering of Emma’s child while she was about to marry his brother Will – the press called this story ‘Who’s the Daddy?’, the imprisonment of Susan Carter for helping her brother escape from a prison van and the death of Nigel Pargetter.

During the foot and mouth crisis of 2001, Vanessa’s team won plaudits for their storyline concerning Brookfield under threat.

Under Vanessa’s leadership, listening figures to The Archers rose to over 5 million and in latter years the programme frequently topped the podcast charts. The serial also gained many awards including the Sony Gold, Mental Health in the Media and several Television  and Radio Industries Club awards.

In 2012 Vanessa was given an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, The University of Hull and in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list she was delighted to accept an OBE from The Queen for  services to radio drama.

 

Film

Saturday 30th May 7:00pm

Salon Du Cinema: The Oldest Sport

Come and join us for a Salon dedicated to the games played between the sexes.

The evening will be hosted by a classy Scary Little Girl, and on arrival you will be offered a tangy Bloody Mary to get you in the mood for a feisty night ahead.

The evening will include:

songs by Kate Bush, Kirsty Maccoll and Dolly Parton played on the uke-a-lady!;

“I wear MY sort of clothes…..” Katherine Hepburn, Hollywood and the feminised suit’ a short talk by Dr Kate Strasdin, Senior lecturer in Histories & Theories of Fashion Design, Fashion & Textiles Institute, Falmouth University;

readings from authors who have entered the fray in the battle between the sexes, such as Virginia Wolf, Joanna Russ and Angela Carter;

screening of the Katherine Hepburn classic 1949 comedy Adam’s Rib.

We’ll be feeding you chocolate treats throughout the night, in recognition of its once banned status and its place in every woman’s heart and salon!

So if you want answers to the question “who actually wears the trousers in the battle of the sexes” join us in a riotous evening exploring feminism and sexual equality.  Not to be missed.

logo-bfi-film-audience-network-1000x750_0Scary Little Girls Productions is an innovative production hub based in London and Cornwall which tours nationwide.  They enjoyed sell-out success this summer with its stunning production of Dracula – The Kisses at the Minack Theatre… and with its charming “Lights On – Lights Off” storytelling walks in Mousehole over the Christmas period.  By popular demand, they recently performed at the Brighton Fringe Festival for a second year and their unique Living Literature Walks were hailed in the Independent’s “Everybody’s Talking About” feature last summer.

Theatre

Wednesday 3rd June 8:00pm
Theatre

Rhum and Clay present: A Strange Wild Song

In northern France in the Second World War, three children encounter a lost American soldier in the ruins of their village. Decades later, the soldier’s camera is unearthed and his grandson tries to solve the mystery of the photographs inside. He discovers a world of childhood, imagination and hidden courage, as fragments of war explode into the present day.

Accompanied by an original, award-winning musical score, Rhum and Clay present a new version of their critically-acclaimed hit show. Fusing cinematic imagery, absurdist humour and a mischievous sense of joy, this is an unforgettably touching story about finding light in the darkest of places.

‘Irresistibly daft … oddball comedy and genuine pathos’ The Herald

http://www.rhumandclay.com/strangewildsong.html

Event Cinema

Thursday 4th June - Saturday 6th June

Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen: Anthony & Cleopatra

Experience this thrilling new production from the world’s most famous stage.

Cleopatra, the alluring and fascinatingly ambiguous Queen of Egypt, has bewitched the great Mark Antony, soldier, campaigner and now one of the three rulers of the Roman Empire. When Antony quarrels with his fellow leaders and throws in his lot with Cleopatra, his infatuation threatens to split the Empire in two.

Antony & Cleopatra picks up Antony’s story many years after Julius Caesar. Virtue and vice, transcendent love and realpolitik combine in Shakespeare’s greatest exploration of the conflicting claims of sex and power, all expressed in a tragic poetry of breath-taking beauty and magnificence.

The Globe’s 2014 envisioning of this iconic play encapsulates these themes whilst deftly threading a sense of comedy throughout, and Olivier Award-winner Eve Best’s Cleopatra ‘kisses the audience’ (Guardian) with her ‘magnetically humorous’ (Evening Standard) performance.

Ticket prices £15 adults / £13 concessions (+ £1 Poly Fund)

The show lasts for 3 hours and there will be a 15 minute interval.

Our bar will be open for drinks and light refreshments.

Comedy

Saturday 6th June 8:00pm

Robin Ince

Reality Tunnel

Possibly a show about art, possibly a scream against TV, maybe some science too, nothing is certain, except that Robin will energetically release whatever has been sitting and jiggling about in his mind.

Sony Gold award winner, three times Chortle award winner.

Time Out outstanding achievement award

Host of The Infinite Monkey Cage.

Theatre

Thursday 11th June - Saturday 20th June

Falmouth Theatre Company presents: The Wedding Singer

THE WEDDING SINGER takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, THE WEDDING SINGER’S sparkling new score does for the ’80s what Hairspray did for the ’60s.

It’s 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favourite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party, until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.

http://www.falmouththeatrecompany.com/
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Tickets: £10 (Adults) £7 (concessions) + £1 Poly Fund per tickets

Event Cinema

Thursday 25th June - Saturday 27th June

Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen: The Comedy of Errors

Experience this thrilling new production from the world’s most famous stage.

Take one pair of estranged twin brothers (both called Antipholus), and one pair of estranged twin servants (both called Dromio), keep them in ignorance of each other and throw them into a city with a reputation for sorcery, and you have all the ingredients for theatrical chaos. One Antipholus is astonished by his foreign hospitality; the other enraged by the hostility of his home town. The Dromios, caught between the two, are soundly beaten for obeying all the wrong orders.

Basing his plot on a farce by Plautus, Shakespeare caps the mayhem of his Roman original to build up a hectic tale of violent cross-purposes, furious slapstick and social nightmare.

The final Globe On Screen film for 2015 brings the perfect light relief to close an epic season of war and tragedy. This sell-out production employed authentic Renaissance costumes and staging and will have cinema audiences roaring with laughter as it crams in “more hilarious anarchy than you can shake a fish, cat or identity-confused servant at.” (London Theatre Guide).

Ticket prices £15 adults / £13 concessions (+ £1 Poly Fund)

The show lasts for 2 hours, 20 minutes and there will be a 15 minute interval.

Our bar will be open for drinks and light refreshments.

Comedy

Friday 23rd October 8:00pm

Jenny Eclair: How To Be A Middle Aged Woman (Without Going Insane)

Professional Grumpy old woman, Splash survivor, amateur soup maker, and novice knitter, Jenny Eclair is younger than Madonna but eats crisps and likes wine. Semi –bearded and suffering from outbreaks of gout and hysteria, Eclair puts middle age under the microscope and decides whether to laugh, cry or buy a dachshund! You are most welcome to join her, just button your cardi up properly and wipe that lipstick off your teeth.