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Film

Saturday 7th May 11:00am

Arrietty

The next in our STUDIO GHIBLI season.

Dir: Hiromasa Yonebayashi – JAPAN – 94mins (U) (2010)

The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family’s residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.

Tickets: Adults £4 & Children £3 (+ £1 Poly Fund)

Comedy

Saturday 7th May 7:00pm

Joe Lycett: That’s The Way, A-Ha A-Ha, Joe Lycett

The self-proclaimed ‘absolute lad’ is back with an all new stand-up show, following appearances on Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and a wine tour of the French Riviera. There’s a good chance you’ll Lycett.

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee.

‘Cheeky, warm and super-funny’ (Time Out).

‘A growing force on the UK stand-up circuit…left the audience wanting more’ (Telegraph).

‘Entertainingly mischievous’ (Guardian).

‘Finds brilliance in what could be merely workaday’ (Chortle).

joelycettcomedy.co.uk

@joelycett

Tickets: £15 full price / £13 concession

2nd show announced starting at 9:30pm – sorry but tickets are not transferable from earlier show.

Film

Monday 9th May - Wednesday 11th May

Dheepan

Dir: Jacques Audiard – FRANCE – 115mins (15) S/T

Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2015, Dheepan is the latest from French director Jacques Audiard, who directed the much admired A Prophet, and Rust and Bone.

The main character is Dheepan, a Tamil Tiger in Sri Lanka, who as the war ends and the Tigers face defeat, he decides to flee to France – taking with him two strangers, a woman and a little girl. He hopes that posing as a family will be easier for them all to claim asylum.  Arriving in Paris, they move between homes until Dheepan finds work in a run-down housing estate.   Working hard to build a new life for his new, fake family, the threat of escalating gang violence looms over their lives.

Stunning, charismatic performances from the cast make this a deeply moving and riveting film.  Not to be missed!

This is an empathetic snapshot of the current immigrant experience in France, the film is compelling right through, but it’s the central relationship that really digs its way into your soul. The Telegraph.

 

 

Comedy

Thursday 12th May 7:30pm

Kernow King is Trevithick!

WORLD PREMIERE!

Trevithick! is a biographical comedy that will light a fire in your bellies, bring joy to your heart and set your brain whirring like a four way valve on a steam engine. This is the true story of a man who was as much an artist and magician as he was an engineer.

Born in Tregajorran in Cornwall, Richard Trevithick revolutionised the use of steam as a successful and profitable means of energy, much to the annoyance of his rivals.  Industrial developments were rife with competition, fear, accidents and death  in 1800 Great Britain, but it was Trevithick’s passion and genius that led to steam power being put on rails and roads- the first trains and cars.  Although it was never easy.

Trevithick! is ‘bursting’ with music, comedy and facts and still relevant to the world we live in today. It  accurately brings to the stage the story of a man who was so dedicated and obsessed by engineering, he left his family in Cornwall whilst he mined in South America for eleven years.

Trevithick! is the gripping story of not just one of Cornwall’s greatest sons, but one of the greatest men in history, steeped in accolade and loved by many but who’s life was tinged with tragedy.

“Sometimes I imagine myself to be my statue down Camborne, gazing out over those roundabouts… watching the cars, lorries and motorbikes bombing along. The ingenuity in all that machinery going on… the pistons, the pumps, the fumes, the exhausts, the fuel… it’s all so easy now.”

Directed by Kneehigh’s Associate Director Simon Harvey, starring Kernow King and much loved actress, Mary Woodvine.

 

 

Dance

Friday 13th May 7:30pm

Nova presents: Invisible City

PLUS! Curtain raiser by CHEAP DATE DANCE

Cornish Director/Choreographer Jennifer Fletcher brings her work back home to Cornwall for the first time with Invisible City. One half of new-writing/physical theatre company NOVA, Jennifer directs Invisible City written and performed by Lowri Jenkins with music composed by Mat Martin.

INVISIBLE CITY is a physical, funny tale of loneliness and surreal encounters. As a newcomer to the big city Marie tries to make a connection with someone, anyone, in this unknown, intimating environment. When a voice speaks to her from a lemon in the fruit aisle of a sprawling supermarket, she begins what becomes a frantic search for this mysterious, friendly presence.

“Accomplished and completely engaging”
– Total Theatre

This event will also feature a screening of a new dance film by The Mostly Everything People, and a . . .

An extract of “Little Women, Big Balls” – Work in Progress by Cheap Date Dance

Choreographed By Grace Clayton and dancers

Performed by Debbie Mason and Lauren Shuker

In this ultimate fighting tournament between dancer and ball, who will triumph? Will it be one ball too many, can they overcome life’s obstacles without throwing in the towel?

 
twitter: @_Invisiblecity

Theatre

Saturday 14th May 7:30pm

Blabbermouth Theatre present: Daisy and Johnny

‘Daisy and Johnny’ deals with theme of falling in love. It looks at the myths and realities sometimes in a light-hearted manner, and at other times in a brutally realistic way. It examines the often widely held beliefs, knowledge and experiences of what it is to ‘fall in love’, to ‘be in love’, and the reasons why it seems, on the whole, not to last.

The show revolves around a dancer and her partner, a would-be writer. He wants to write a play about love, for them to perform. Is he genuine, or playing for time? Perhaps he’s making it up on the spur of the moment, to evade the fact that he can’t write. They both have different ideas of what the play should be about. He seems interested in analysing love itself; does it exist, how does one recognise it, does it last? She wants romance, singing and dancing; a fairy tale with a happy ending. Is true love the place for compromise?

Blabbermouth Theatre are a new company based in Penzance. With ‘Daisy and Johnny’ they aim to appeal to anyone interested in love and romance.

 

Film

Monday 16th May - Tuesday 17th May

Our Little Sister

Dir: Hirokazu Kore-eda – JAPAN – 128mins (PG) S/T

A beautiful, graceful and meticulously filmed tale of sisterly love. which tells the story of three sisters in their twenties, who live together in a rambling ancestral home they jokingly refer to as an ‘adult dorm’.  Their lives are carefully constructed, but all this changes when their estranged father dies and at his funeral they meet their smart younger half-sister, Suzu.

The brilliance of this film lies in taking a story with seemingly limited dramatic potential and turning it into a heartbreaking sage of immense emotional power.

An intimate warm embrace of a film, it radiates joy and harmony.

 

Film

Monday 16th May 7:40pm

Film Club: Dog Day Afternoon (15)

On a hot Brooklyn afternoon, two optimistic nobodies set out to rob a bank. Sonny (Al Pacino) is the mastermind, Sal (John Cazale) is the follower and disaster is the result. Because the cops, crowds, TV cameras and even the pizza man have arrived. Pacino and director Sidney Lumet (collaborators on Serpico) reteam for this boisterous comedy thriller that earned six Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture) and won an Oscar for Frank Pierson’s streetwise screenplay..

Club Membership £15:  Ticket Prices £2.50 for Members & £5 for Non-Members + £1 Poly Fund on all tickets

Book early – only 35 seats available.

Poly Film Club in the Bar at 7:45pm.

Film

Thursday 19th May 7:30pm

The Danish Girl

The next in our MAYBE YOU MISSED programme

Dir: Tom Hooper – UK – 120mins (15)

The Danish Girl serves as another showcase for Eddie Redmayne’s talent — and poignantly explores thought-provoking themes with a beautifully filmed biopic drama.

The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

Film

Monday 23rd May - Tuesday 24th May

Son of Saul

Dir: László Nemes – HUNGARY – 108mins (15)

Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2016 Oscars and winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes, this is an unforgettable holocaust drama set inside Auschwitz.

Saul is a Hungarian-Jewish prisoner whose horrific job is to help burn the camp’s dead.  Finding a body he takes to be his son’s, he tries to arrange a clandestine burial.  Meanwhile others are planning to destroy the crematorium, but Saul stays focussed on his personal quest, to grant his son a proper burial and so restore his humanity.

Staggering and unforgettable, this film takes a subject many feel has been played out and sees it through the fresh eyes of a filmmaker with a burning passion to tell a story.

An outstanding, excoriating look at evil … a horror movie of extraordinary focus and courage”. Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Film

Wednesday 25th May 7:30pm

BAFTA Shorts 2016

The best British shorts of the year – UK – 74mins (15)

Edmond – Dir: Nina Gantz | UK | 2015 | 9 mins – Edmond’s impulse to love and be close to others is strong… maybe too strong. As he stands alone by a lake contemplating his options, he goes on a journey backwards through his life, and revisits all his defining moments in search for the origin of his desires.

Samuel-613 – Dir: Billy Lumby | UK | 2015 | 15 mins – This is the story of Shmilu, a Hasidic Jew in crisis, torn between his community and the romantic possibilities of trendy east London.  The first fictional film made with the UK’s Hasidic population, Samuel-613 has unprecedented access including non-professional actors and Yiddish dialogue. It explores culture clash, identity struggles and their spiritual consequences.

Operator – Dir: Caroline Bartleet | UK | 2015 | 6 mins – An Emergency Services Operator receives a call from Gemma, a desperate young mother whose three-year-old son is trapped upstairs in a burning house. Flames are creeping down the stairs that Gemma must use in order to reach him. The operator’s guidance is all that Gemma can rely on in order to survive.

Prologue – Dir: Richard Williams | UK | 2015 | 6 mins – A young girl witnesses a battle to the death. From the animation genius behind Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Mining Poems or Odes – Dir: Callum Rice | UK | 2015 | 11 mins – Robert, an ex-shipyard welder from Govan in Glasgow, has put aside his tools for pen and paper. Reflecting on how his life experiences have influenced his new found compulsion to write, his retrospective poetry reveals a man who is trying to achieve a state of contentment through words and philosophy.

Manoman – Dir: Simon Cartwright | UK | 2015 | 11 mins – Glen is barely a man. In a desperate attempt to tap into his masculinity he attends a primal scream therapy session, though even surrounded by wailing men he cannot make a sound. But when Glen is pushed too far, he releases something from deep within that knows no limits.

Over – Dir: Jörn Threlfall | UK | 2015 | 14 mins – Over presents a crime scene. During the course of nine wide shots, told in reverse order, we watch an intriguing story unfold. What has happened in this quiet neighbourhood? A murder, a hit and run, an accident? The reality is profound and deeply unexpected.

Comedy

Thursday 26th May 8:00pm

Jonny & The Baptists: The End Is Nigh

 

A musical comedy about family, friendship and environmental disaster.

Last year, Jonny accidentally told his four-year-old niece that climate change would end the world. To stop her crying, he and Paddy promised to fix it. They really tried very hard…

The new show from the UK’s hottest musical comedians, THE END IS NIGH offers their most personal – and apocalyptic – venture to date. Featuring all the hallmarks of their success from barnstorming satirical rock to flights of brilliant silliness, the show blends comedy, theatre and rock gig in a captivating story of family, friendship and environmental disaster.

With ever-increasing live audiences from several hit tours and festivals, Jonny & the Baptists have been regulars on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, topped the iTunes Comedy Chart with single ‘Farage’, supported Mark Thomas on tour and recently appeared on the BBC’s Live at Television Centre.  With Four Star reviews from The Times, The Guardian and The Stage, you’d be a fool to yourself to miss this one!

‘Wickedly amusing… Who would have thought that a meditation on the politics of climate change could be so entertaining?’ THE TIMES

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/firstnightreviews/article4727792.ece

 ‘A spirited comedy… stirring… broad, daft and punchy’ GUARDIAN

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/apr/06/jonny-and-the-baptists-review-the-end-is-nigh-orange-tree-richmond

‘A seriously funny dose of political satire, carefully constructed and full of personality, that like all great satire hides its force behind a big, contagious smile.’ THE STAGE

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/jonny-and-the-baptists-the-end-is-nigh/

 

 

Music

Sunday 29th May 8:00pm

Near-Ta presents: Sing For The Poly!


The 24 Hour Musical is back!

Get ready for the musical experience of a lifetime, featuring a cast of performers from the community! The twist? The entire cast is auditioned and rehearsed in 24 hours! This show will be nothing without YOU, and everyone who auditions will be cast! Whether you’re an actor, a singer, a dancer, all three or none, it’s set to be a fun and funny weekend, so please come along and take part! The show is currently being prepared by a crack team of writers and directors, with expert musical direction and choreography also on board:

Ciaran Clarke (Near-Ta Theatre, Canvas Theatre Company): Producer & Co-Writer

Dan Richards (Owdyado Theatre, Near-Ta Theatre): Director & Co-Writer

Cat Lake (Miracle Theatre): Musical Director

Hannah Stephens: Choreographer

Georgia Gendall: Set Design

And the musical itself? Well, you’ll just have to come along and see…

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday 28th May:

9am -12 noon: Auditions

12 noon -1pm: The directors cast the show

1pm – 2.30pm: Read-through

2.30pm – 8pm: Rehearsals

Sunday 29th May:

9am – 7.30pm: Rehearsals

8.00 p.m.: Performance!

This is a fund-raising event on behalf of The Poly.  

Film

Monday 30th May - Tuesday 31st May

Eye in the Sky

Dir: Gavin Hood – USA – 102mins (15)

Helen Mirren and the late, great Alan Rickman star in this searing thriller which investigates an urgent and thorny issue: the widespread use of drone warfare by western governments during conflict.

Focussing on one particular locale, a shanty town in Kenya where jihadi suicide bombers from terrorist group al-Shabaab are reportedly ensconced following the Nairobi shopping mall attack.

Mirren plays a colonel stationed at an army base, Aaron Paul, a drone pilot in Nevada, Rickman, a lieutenant in the midst of warring politicians and Barkhad Abdi, an agent on the ground in Kenya. These four main characters are caught in the web of a much larger political game and tasked with making abstract decisions with potentially horrifying real life implications.

As taut as it is timely, this is a nifty little thriller which offers a tense, tough, biting commentary on the way wars are fought today.

Superb!

Film

Wednesday 1st June 7:30pm

The Big Short

The next in our MAYBE YOU MISSED programme

Dir: Adam McKay – USA – 130mins (15)

Winning the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay this story focusses on a serious, complicated subject with an impressive attention to detail and manages to deliver a well-acted, scathingly funny indictment of its real-life villains into the bargain.  With a stellar cast, including Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Steve Carrell, this classy drama exposes the vast degree of lies and manipulation of the financial world in an extremely entertaining manner.

Music

Thursday 2nd June 7:25pm

K’antu Ensemble

The early music ensemble K’antu make their first ever visit to The Poly with a programme to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, exploring Shakespearian Songs and Dances, evoking the spirit of Elizabethan and Jacobean England. With compositions by Robert Johnson, John Dowland, Thomas Morley, broadside ballads and folk tunes quoted in the Bard’s plays, their lively mix of music will appeal to Early, Folk, Classical and World Music fans alike.

K’antu have performed at St. Endellion Festival before.  This is the first time that audiences on the south coast have had the opportunity to experience these amazing musicians.

“These players are expert without being mannered, vivid without being simplistic, wholly alive to the expressive possibilities of Elizabethan and Jacobean music. I cannot recommend them highly enough.” (Michael Dobson, Professor of Shakespeare Studies)

For more information about K’antu go to www.kantu-ensemble.co.uk

Comedy

Friday 3rd June 8:00pm

George Egg – Anarchist Cook

one man….one show…three courses

If you like food and cooking then you’ll like this. A cocktail of stand-up comedy, striking innovation and extreme multi-tasking.

George Egg spends a lot of time staying in hotels and some years ago, unimpressed with room service, he took matters into his own hands. Whilst performing a mind-bendingly original show of comedy-cum-illustrated-lecture George prepares a three-course meal on the equipment hotels unwittingly provide (iron, kettle, trouser press…), and if you want to, you can taste it at the end.

TOTAL SELL OUT  – Edinburgh Fringe 2015

TOTAL SELL OUT – Brighton Fringe 2014 & 2015

“a genius… he is the friendly face of anarchy, the anarchic face of food and the foodie face of comedy” SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY

“It’s an hilarious show, with surprisingly good food.
” THE TIMES 

“It is refreshing to encounter a performer who really is unique.
” THE TELEGRAPH

My find of the Fringe. THE INDEPENDENT 

“George’s show Anarchist Cook is absolutely glorious
” THE SCOTSMAN

Website: www.anarchistcook.info

Tickets: £12.00 + £1 Poly Fund

Film

Saturday 4th June 11:00am

Grave of the Fireflies

The next in our STUDIO GHIBLI season.

Dir: Isao Takhata – JAPAN – 89mins (12A) (1988)

A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister’s struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

Tickets: Adults £4 & Children £3 (+ £1 Poly Fund)

Music

Saturday 4th June 8:00pm

Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection

From a cafe in Paris, via a hoolie in Dublin, to a night out in New Orleans with rip-roaring fiddle and banjo – this band does it all!

A fabulous show suitable for all ages, directed by the inimitable Wild Willy Barrett.

Charismatic French singer Aurora Colson takes centre stage, captivating audiences with her compelling and expressive vocals as she effortlessly tackles a wide range of styles: from Bluegrass to acoustic blues, with haunting Irish melodies and a touch of Piaf thrown into the mix.

At the heart of the ensemble are the indisputable talents of multi-instrumentalist Wild Willy Barrett, cellist Mary Holland and Irish pipes and whistle player John Devine, whose outstanding musicianship was recently rewarded by an invitation to play in the presence of The Queen at Buckingham Palace.  The group’s innovative arrangements are beautifully performed on instruments including the guitar, cello, fiddle, banjo and uilleann pipes, all overlaid with a large dose of wry humour.

A wonderful evening of unique and fresh musical entertainment, very different from anything else you will experience in the UK at the moment.

Website: http://www.wildwillybarrett.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wwbfrenchconnection

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EvyB_faonA

 

 

Film

Monday 6th June - Wednesday 8th June

Mustang

Dir: Deniz Gamze Ergüven – TURKEY – 97mins (15) S/T

This Turkish film delivers a bracing and thoroughly timely message whose power is further bolstered by a wonderful cast.

Early summer in a village in Northern Turkey. Five free-spirited teenage sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates. Though their games are merely innocent fun, a neighbour passes by and reports what she considers to be illicit behavior to the girls’ family. The family overreacts, removing all “instruments of corruption,” like cell phones and computers, and essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides.  As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate. The fierce love between them empowers them to rebel and chase a future where they can determine their own lives.

A powerful portrait of female empowerment which will get your heart racing in this very special, beautiful film.

 

Film

Monday 6th June 7:45pm

Film Club: The Misfits (PG)

The final film of stars Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe is an elegy for the death of the Old West from writer Arthur Miller and director John Huston.

Club Membership £15:  Ticket Prices £2.50 for Members & £5 for Non-Members + £1 Poly Fund on all tickets

Book early – only 35 seats available.

Poly Film Club in the Bar at 7:45pm.

Talks

Thursday 9th June 7:30pm

Dr. Innes McCartney: Jutland 1916 – The Archaeology of a Naval Battlefield

The Battle of Jutland was the largest naval battle and the only full-scale clash of battleships in the First World War. For years the myriad factors contributing to the loss of many of the ships remained a mystery, subject only to speculation and theory. Marine archaeologist and historian Dr Innes McCartney reveals for the first time what became of the warships that vanished on the night of 31st May 1916, examining the circumstances behind the loss of each ship and reconciling what was known in 1916 to what the archaeology is revealing today. (more…)

Theatre

Saturday 11th June 6:30pm

Something Underground Theatre presents: A Good Jew

1938: Sol & Hilda are musicians with the Frankfurt Sinfonietta. They’re in love. So what?
Hilda’s father is a Nazi and Sol is a Jew. The assassination of the German ambassador in Paris by a Jew is enough for Hitler to unleash his attack dogs. The November Pogrom, Kristallnacht, is followed by deportations, murders  and expropriation of Jewish-owned properties.
As the war takes hold, both Sol and Hilda must make terrible choices.
His mother’s fatal advice: “Survive. At all costs”, so both Sol and Hilda are forced to make terrible choices.
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Multi Award-winning company. Www.somethingunderground.co.uk

Recomended age: 14+

Film

Monday 13th June - Tuesday 14th June

High Rise

Dir: Ben Wheatley – UK – 112mins (15)

Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller and Jeremy Irons star in this much-anticipated adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s savagely brilliant novel, a satire of Thatcherite excess and consumerist values.

Hiddleston (lately seen in The Night Manager) moves into a luxurious new apartment block and is quickly seduced by its social scene, going to glamorous cocktail parties where the conversation always lead back to the block’s enigmatic architect. Flaws being to emerge and cracks in the regimented social strata also start to show.  Eventually nihilism, in the form of drugs, alcohol, extreme sex, violence and acts of depravity and destructiveness prevail, as Ballard’s dystopian parable reaches its climax.

It’s both a homage to Ballard’s anarchic vision and an entirely singular piece of film-making, made by some of the best contemporary British talents working today.

Visionary film-making, wildly ambitious, very caustic which hits the bull’s eye of almost every target in its sights.  It has cult classic written all over it.

Film

Wednesday 15th June 7:30pm

Dad’s Army

The next in our MAYBE YOU MISSED programme

Dir: Oliver Parker – UK – 100mins (PG)

It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low. Their new mission then – to patrol the Dover army base – is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation, that is until glamorous journalist Rose Winters arrives to write about their exploits, setting the pulses racing and putting the local women on red alert. MI5 then discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea. There’s a spy on the loose! The outcome of the war is suddenly at stake, and it falls to our unlikely heroes to stand up and be counted.

With an all star including Tony Jones, Bill Nighy & Tom Courtney, this is a fond homage to the original much-loved TV series.

Theatre

Saturday 18th June 7:30pm

Trebiggan Productions presents: The ZigZag Way

by Anita Desai adapted for the stage by Pauline Sheppard

It’s 1910, and young Cornish couple Betty and Davey travel to the gold and silver mines of Mexico, unaware of the perils they will face. Aside from the mining itself, there’s unrest between the natives and the incomers, and a whiff of danger is in the air. Wind forward 100 years, and Eric, an uncertain young American, arrives in Mexico on a curious quest for his Cornish roots, unprepared for what he will find. Led by Huichol Indian guides, he journeys to an old mining village on an unlikely path of self-discovery, and soon finds himself in another world…

The Zigzag Way is a gripping story which winds through cultures and across time, from Cornwall to Mexico, to paint a picture of love, revolution and sacrifice.  Blending humour with pathos and past with present, this haunting and arresting tale finally leads you to a night where the veils that separate life and death are lifted and the illusion of time is broken: Dia de los Muertos – the Mexican Day of the Dead.

Combining strong ensemble playing and physical inventiveness with a cracking tale, this is story-telling at its most colourful, visual and touching.


 

 

Film

Monday 20th June - Wednesday 22nd June

Sing Street

Dir: John Carney – IRELAND – 106mins (12A)

A new musical comedy from the director of “Once” – it’s a funny, boisterous and joyously uplifting treat.  Set in Dublin in 1985, it’s a loving homage to the ’80s, full of in-joke cultural references to the period, its music and fashion.

Conor is a new kid in an inner-city school who gradually musters the courage to talk to beautiful Raphina, a model preparing to move to London.  He asks her to be in his music video and she agrees – only problem is, he’s not yet in a band …

Full of infectious musical set-pieces and tremendously likeabl;e performance, this is a lovely rousing film that’s certain to send you home with a big smile on your face.

“Sing Street is the most romantic movie you’ll find anywhere these days, brimming over with music, fun and the thrill of first love.” Rolling Stone

“John Carney’s coming-of-age musical is a synth-drenched joy: a tuneful, deeply personal ode to the impulse that forges a high school rock band.”  Time Out

Film

Monday 20th June 7:45pm

Film Club: Taxi Driver (18)

A must-see film for movie lovers, this Martin Scorsese masterpiece is as hard-hitting as it is compelling, with Robert De Niro at his best.  An alienated, battle-scarred loner embarks on a mission of misguided revenge in the seedy underbelly of nighttime Manhattan.  Unbelievably this film is 40 years old this year but is still as relevant today.

Club Membership £15:  Ticket Prices £2.50 for Members & £5 for Non-Members + £1 Poly Fund on all tickets

Book early – only 35 seats available.

Poly Film Club in the Bar at 7:45pm.

Film

Monday 27th June - Tuesday 28th June

Love & Friendship

Dir: Whit Stillman – USA – 92mins (U)

A deliciously sharp comedy, based on the Jane Austen novella ‘Lady Susan’ and set in the 1790s.  A tale of matchmaking and heartbreaking, centred around beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale).

The scheming Lady Susan pays a visit to Churchill, her in-laws’ estate, while waiting for social chatter about a personal indiscretion to pass. Whilst there, aided and abetted by her loyal friend Alicia (Chloë Sevigny), who’s married to upright killjoy Mr Johnson (Stephen Fry), she decides to secure husbands for herself and her long-suffering daughter Frederica.

But the arrival of two men at Churchill, handsome and eligible Reginald DeCourcy and wealthy Sir James Martin severely complicates their plans.

Stillman is on top form here with a gloriously witty and acerbic tale of romance and realism.

“Jane Austen has never been funnier” The Telegraph

Theatre

Friday 1st July 7:30pm

The Last Baguette presents What’s The Matter?

A quantum comedy about love in the subatomic world

An unexplained cat theft from a physics laboratory leads scientist Smithy on a journey through his own experiment into the subatomic world. The situation becomes charged and it is impossible to stay neutral. Can he find the cat and win over his colleague Sarah in the process? Will the outcome be positive or negative?

As seen at the British Science Festival, a sci-fi adventure through the strange and wonderful world of quantum physics. Featuring physical comedy, scientific slapstick, and a search for Schrodinger’s cat. Be prepared for a very silly show about a very intelligent subject.

The Last Baguette makes fast-paced, irreverent comedy theatre, and after performing in France, Switzerland and Canada, are now company in residence at the Pound, Corsham. What’s the Matter? was written by Tiffany Woodsmith (winner of the Sunday Times playwriting award 2004, dramaturg for The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha – The Stage Award winner 2014), directed by Susana Alcantud, devised by the company.

The gags roll one after another – the laugher is non-stop” Reg’Arts magazine, Paris, on Dracula

Made at the Pound, Corsham with support from Dr Helen Heath from the University of Bristol.

Music

Tuesday 26th July - Saturday 30th July

Young Generations presents: Monty Python’s SPAMALOT

Falmouth’s award-winning musical youth company is delighted to be staging  Monty Python’s SPAMALOT.  The Young Generation put on its very first performance in 1982 and this year will be the company’s 38th major musical production at the Poly.  Book early to avoid disappointment, because Young Generation shows always sell out!

 

 

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Comedy

Thursday 4th August

Kernow King is Trevithick!

Trevithick! is a biographical comedy that will light a fire in your bellies, bring joy to your heart and set your brain whirring like a four way valve on a steam engine. This is the true story of a man who was as much an artist and magician as he was an engineer.

Born in Tregajorran in Cornwall, Richard Trevithick revolutionised the use of steam as a successful and profitable means of energy, much to the annoyance of his rivals.  Industrial developments were rife with competition, fear, accidents and death  in 1800 Great Britain, but it was Trevithick’s passion and genius that led to steam power being put on rails and roads- the first trains and cars.  Although it was never easy.

Trevithick! is ‘bursting’ with music, comedy and facts and still relevant to the world we live in today. It  accurately brings to the stage the story of a man who was so dedicated and obsessed by engineering, he left his family in Cornwall whilst he mined in South America for eleven years.

Trevithick! is the gripping story of not just one of Cornwall’s greatest sons, but one of the greatest men in history, steeped in accolade and loved by many but who’s life was tinged with tragedy.

“Sometimes I imagine myself to be my statue down Camborne, gazing out over those roundabouts… watching the cars, lorries and motorbikes bombing along. The ingenuity in all that machinery going on… the pistons, the pumps, the fumes, the exhausts, the fuel… it’s all so easy now.”

Directed by Kneehigh’s Associate Director Simon Harvey, starring Kernow King and much loved actress, Mary Woodvine.